"At the end of the day it is not about us or our feelings. The biggest compliment that I ever got after a performance was "thank you".
EXACTLY! Whenever I use to perform decades ago and on the occasions I'm personally asked to perform, I look for a spot where I can not be seen. I get to the grave yard early enough to coordinate with the color guard and once they do the rifle salute, I play unseen (behind a tree, building or hill). It is absolutley not about me and when I make it as such, it means more.