Do It Anyway
I was given this by my friend today. It was attributed to Mother Teresa. I find it very meaningful. We don’t do it just to get approval by other people but to do what we think is right.
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.
It was being reported that someone wrote it on wall of Mother Teresa’s children’s home in Calcutta and the original version of this poem was written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders.