We are all faced with challenges, large and small, nearly every day of our lives. A friend may betray us, a child might disappoint us, a family member may let us down. At work, it seems we toil away only to have our good deeds go unnoticed, while our flaws are pointed out so easily. Sometimes the very thing we work tirelessly to construct is carried away by an angry flood in the blink of an eye... and is gone forever.
Yes, life can be difficult and quite unexpected, but we must overcome and endure it all with joy, peace, and purpose. Our ability to truly live in spite of all these things will define who we are and who we are remembered as.
Mother Teresa was a woman, a saint even, that mastered living with purpose, wisdom, and gratitude. Her words in the poem “Do It Anyway” came to me by way of a student in my second year of teaching. It was a crumpled piece of paper, with the poem scrawling across the thin blue lines in purple ink. She said she read it and thought of me. What a priceless gift.
Now I take it out and read it over when I am having a challenging week, and Saint Teresa's words jump from the page as if she wrote them just for me. Please read, enjoy, and be touched by her beautiful message. Perhaps it was written just for you!
"Do It Anyway"
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.
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.