Nothing original here. A friend sent this my way and I thought it was a reminder worth repeating:
Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
This poem was posted on a wall in Mother Teresa’s room in Calcutta, India. While it is attributed to her, the poem was really written by Dr. Kent Keith for students in a program he taught. Dr. Keith’s version was less spiritual, but apparently Mother Teresa liked the idea and altered the poem to create this familiar version. The two poems can be found at paradoxical commandments. com.