Mother Teresa hung a copy of this poem on a wall of the orphanage she founded in Calcutta. Its source is unknown.
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 God;
It is never between you and them anyway.
I have been doing some serious soul searching over the last few months. I came cross this poem and it really hit home for me. I need to really work on relying on the Lord to help me through tough times and thank him for the good times. I have been so blessed and I should never complain, EVER.
Being an owner of a business I have seen people who are very selfish, angry, irritable, irate, unreasonable, unforgiving and very unchristlike. For the longest time I have taken the blame for their anger and frustration. From this day forward I will not let them get me down. On the flip side I have met some of the most incredible people, gained life-long friendships, educated myself in measures beyond what schooling ever taught me and most importantly, I found out who I am!
Also, I became a mother of two very beautiful children and a wife to the most incredible man. How lucky am I to be living such a wonderful life. I know complaining about life and how tough things get becomes a daily ritual for lots of us. We all need to be happy for ourselves and happy for eachother. I am trying so hard to better myself and prepare for the day when Christ visits the earth. I'm not sure if I will be around for that sacred day but I do know that I need to make every minute count. The world has so many evils in it and so many good things as well. I hope that I can teach my children what they need to know to make it through.
I challenge everyone who reads this post to do one act of service this week. Every little bit can go a long way!