Give without Expectation and Do Good Even When No One is Watching

Gratitude and Generosity: Tao Te Ching verse 24 week 26 Saturday Morning Mastermind

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 Chapter 24 of “Change your thoughts, Change your life. Living the wisdom of the Tao” by Wayne Dyer

Our egos want to be recognized, it’s part of what the ego wants. The ego is not a ‘bad’ thing, it wants to protect us, but we have to keep it in check, because when the ego gets out of control, then we can end up in a place of bragging, boasting, or self-righteousness.

Give Without Expectation

The way of the Tao is unlimited giving, like how nature is always providing for us exactly what we need. The sun shines on all people without judgment, and never asks for anything in return. When we can also give without expectation, we are in alignment with nature and the Tao. I have so loved the following poem by Hafiz after first discovering it a few years ago and posting it online several times myself, and it has always resonated deeply with me. I feel it is perfect that Dr. Dyer chose to insert it in his dialogue on this verse.

All this time
The sun never says to the earth,

“You owe

What happens
With a love like that,

It lights the

Do Good Even When No One is Watching

While reading this I was reminded of wise advice: to always do good even when no one is watching. When we are coming from ego, we may do good and give because we know we may be praised for it, our ego will get a boost from being recognized for our good deeds. But a true character of living in the state of giving without expectation, is to give and do good even when we think no one is watching. We can find ourselves pleasantly surprised, that we may actually have been ‘watched’ because our acts trickled on to help someone, or just the energies of the universe knew we were giving without expectation or ego, and we receive something in return even if it’s not linearly. Everything is energy.

And we also find that when we are giving without expectation, all that we need, and more!, is given to us. And for that, we must always remember to be grateful.

Be Grateful

As Dr. Wayne Dyer states, “Practice silently repeating I thank You throughout your waking hours, and as you fall asleep and awaken.” Taking time to feel and express our gratitude every day is very powerful. When we are taking the time to look at what we are grateful for in our lives, the more we will find to be grateful about, and the more we will receive.

Take time to check your ego urges, and ask how can I give today. “Inner approval is healthy and pure, while self-righteous boasting is simply superfluous.”


gratitude and generosityWhy do you think it’s important to be generous with your good deeds even when no one is looking? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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We’ll be discussing Chapter 24: Living without excess

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