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.
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.