Do you expect praise for doing the right thing?
Praise for brushing your teeth, for cleaning your body, for eating with health in mind, and getting a reasonable amount of exercise, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol? Who cares if you don’t do these things? Why is bad breath and rotting teeth a big deal? Who cares about body odor? Why worry about what you eat, or exercising? Who’s business is it anyways? Smoking and drinking, really? How is this anyone’s problem, but your own? So you know the consequences of these actions, so what?
So what if those who love you have to cope with your slovenly ways, adjust all their habits to yours, go out of their way to help you as you become more and more dependent upon them? So what if they have to wash your sores, and bring you your breathing treatments and keep your oxygen close, and monitor your pain medication, because your pickled brain can’t manage? So what if the burden of your care and pain make those you love pray for it to just end?
Why keep reading when none of this applies to you? Do you expect praise for other things you do that are just as common in life? Do you expect praise for saying please and thank you, and being courteous to others? Are you waiting for praise for doing your job everyday? Are you praised for being responsible? So you seek praise for raising your children, caring for your pets, and loving your spouse (all of whom can be ungrateful)?
Do you expect praise for doing the right thing, standing up for others, speaking out against injustice, defending what is right? When was anyone ever thanked for these things?
You can’t expect praise, but don’t you think there is something you can do? How can you make a difference? Don’t you think you could tell someone you appreciate them? Could you say thank you, good job, or I love you to the people in your life today? #