Strangers do not seem to come up to me to thank me about my daily course of action. Even regulars usually don’t notice my general behavior. That makes it so much more meaningful when there is recognition; recognition not for something that you have actively done, but for something that you do everyday with a sense of duty.
In our lives, we (hopefully) do lots of wonderful tasks that bring us closer to recognition. Whether it is saying something witty on Facebook, or holding the door for someone else, it feels good to be recognized by others, to hear a small “thank you” being whispered. But when I catch myself thanking others for these deeds, I wonder: Am I really thanking them for this, or am I just doing the correct social thing to do? And that simple thought has the power to see through the hallowness that we interact with others.