Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Do It Anyway

This poem is engraved on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta. It was written by Kent M. Keith, who at the time, was a 19 year-old young man from Indiana. How Mother Teresa came upon the poem is still unknown, even to the author.


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 true enemies;
succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
be honest 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.

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