20 April 2010


Below is a lovely poem often attributed to Mother Teresa who posted it on the wall of her children's home in Calcutta.  It was actually written by Dr. Kent M. Keith, a well known writer and speaker on the subject of dealing with the modern world.   He is also the author of The Universal Moral Code.  We may not always be able to live up to the ideals, but a little reminder now and then couldn't hurt.

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;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank 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 your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

1 comment:

Travis said...

I'm on board with that, although if it's all the same to "them" I'll just leave off the last two lines.