Every good deed is a precious gem. But even the most brilliant diamond can be caked with mud. Rather than shine, it darkens—even obscures—the beauty of the one it is meant to adorn.

When you do something good, forget about the status it may get you, forget about how good it makes you feel, forget about how amazing you are for overcoming every challenge to get this done.

Forget about any other motive in the world other than fulfilling the purpose for which your Creator put you here.

Let your gems shine.

Torat Menachem, vol. 34 (Likkutei Sichot, vol. 4), Parshat Korach.