“The farmer does not expect every seed that he sows in hope and faith to fall on good ground and bring forth its harvest; he is perfectly certain that this will not be so, cannot be so. He is counting on the final outcome of many seeds, on the harvest of all rather than on the harvest of one. If you really want gratitude, and must have it, be willing to make many men your debtors.
The more unselfish, charitable and exalted the life and mission of the individual, the larger will be the number of instances of ingratitude that must be met and vanquished.” ~ William George Jordan
In business many decisions are necessarily predicated on the expected return on investment or ROI. Applying the same thinking to the maintenance of a unwavering attitude of gratitude would make gratitude appear at first to be an unwise investment, but were a longitudinal study to be performed on the return generated from such an approach, I venture to say that it would be seen that it is well-worth the time and effort.
The most memorable people in history are those who triumphed in goodness. The second most memorable are those who excelled in the proliferation of malice. While life, in my view, is not about whether or not the choices you made and actions you took were memorable long after you are gone, leaving a legacy of blessing, encouragement and hope is an indicator of a life well-lived.
As the radiant influence of goodness in an through you increases, so too will the reaction of those people who have dedicated their lives to syndicating the belief that integrity is an impossible dream. Be not disheartened, for the power of life that courses through your heart, your mind and your body can easily defeat the powerless and cowardly murmurs of those who rise up against you.
You truly have nothing to fear, but fear itself.