Do It Anyway

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 true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

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 God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa

[Reportedly inscribed on the wall of Mother Teresa’s children’s home in Calcutta, and attributed to her. However,  an article in the New York Times has since reported (March 8, 2002) that the original version of this poem was written by Kent M. Keith.]

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  1. This is an important reminder. Thanks!

    • You’re welcome. Thanks for reading, Aimee.

  2. I love this!

    • I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for reading.

  3. Always enjoy your blog. Hope we work together in the election in May.

    • If not May, hopefully November. Thanks for reading, Jean.

  4. No matter who said it it is wise. And even for those who do not believe in God, with a minor adjustment it still works.

    It is between you and your conscience.

    Ethical behavior is admirable no matter what its source.

    • So true, Adrian. Thanks for reading once again.

  5. I need to write that on MY walls! It’s too easy to forget the wisdom of those words. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Thanks for reading my stuff!

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