It's said that the verses below were written on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta, India and widely attributed to her. They seem, though, to be based on a composition originally written by Dr. Kent Keith, a dynamic speaker and writer whose mission is to help people find personal meaning in a crazy world. Mother Teresa appears to have rewritten the second half of the verses in a spiritual way. I'm presenting both because their generosity is amazing, and good models for all of us.
MOTHER TERESA'S -
People are often unreasonable, irrational, 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 unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
DR. KENT KEITH'S 'The Paradoxical Commandments'
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Thing big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.