Tuesday, July 19, 2011


The following is a poem reformatted based on Kent M. Keith's "The Paradoxical Commandments".  The version below is called "Anyway" - reportedly written on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta - and consists of eight of the ten commandments extracted from Kent M. Keith's original version.

I find this poem very meaningful, and very much in line with my own attitude towards life.  I hope to share this with all of you, so that in the future when others make you doubt whether your good intentions are worthwhile, you can remember this and stop questioning yourself.


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. Succeed anyway.
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.

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