At church this past weekend, the minister read the passage “Do it Anyway” by Mother Theresa. I really attached to it and as it resonated with me, I decided to share it in a few classes I taught this week. I also want to share it with you, and highlight a few of my favorite lines!
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.
I love this passage, and although I believe I must have heard it before, I really connected to it this time around. As the minister read on, the ideas began to form in my head. I need to build anyway. I need to forgive and be kind, and most importantly I need to be happy and successful.