The reward comes to us in secret.
When we know, and are able to be and to do the thing we MUST do – the contribution we must make, it’s as though all the joy in the universe is present within us.
Others may recognise this, even offer their adulation. Whether it comes from one or thousands, it’s not why we do the thing we must. People will leave, but the secret reward is always there, in the idea, the grind, the failure, the recovery, the next attempt, and we are able to exclaim: “This is why I’m alive; to do this!”
All we need from others is their permission to be able to nervously give them what it is we love to make. And when they do, though they will not perceived it, there’s the hidden reward within.
This is, of course, all about relationships: how we relate to ourselves, to others, and our world and universe.
I think this is what Eckhart Tolle has called “awakened doing.”*
(*See Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth.)