“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
Do you ever want to be recognized for something you did? To know that your contribution caused people to take notice, even if just for a moment?
Do you want to be somebody who matters?
In our age of relentless self-promotion, many of us have gotten caught up in feeling like we should be doing big and important things. There’s so much pressure from social media to be perfect—and have documented proof.
It’s amazing how one day you can feel totally content with your life, and the next feel like you’re failing and have nothing to show for your efforts.
A core human need is the desire to be seen and heard. This need is not only valid, but important for our overall health and well-being.
But we’ve confused the need to be seen with the need to be acknowledged on social media by having people respond to our content or buy what we’re selling.
We live in a world where people are the product and self-branding is the norm. When no one is buying, you can start to feel like you have no worth.
What if the greatest sense of self-worth comes from the willingness to be anonymous?
What if you could do something that would change millions of lives for the better but never be recognized for it? Would you still do it?
St. Teresa of Calcutta once wrote:
“Each one of us is merely a small instrument. When you look at the inner workings of electrical things, often you see small and big wires, new and old, cheap and expensive lined up. Until the current passes through them there will be no light. That wire is you and me. The current is God.
We have the power to let the current pass through us, use us, produce the light of the world. Or we can refuse to be used and allow darkness to spread.”
It would seem to me that St. Teresa’s words take us straight to the heart of the matter at hand. The real question we should be asking ourselves isn’t “How can I be seen?” but “Am I willing to be used?”
Even if you’re one of the small, hidden, anonymous wires in the electrical system? If you are, then you understand that your worth is intrinsic. It matters little whether you’re seen or not seen. What matters infinitely more is whether or not you choose to be used.
So choose wisely.