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October Tidings

posted Nov 10, 2010, 2:17 PM by Jamie Washam

Mother Teresa kept the following poem by Kent Keith posted on the wall of her home for children in Calcutta. May it encourage and inspire you in your service.

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 God;
          It was never between you and them anyway.

"The Paradoxical Commandments" by Kent Keith