Do It Anyway
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; succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build it anyway.
If you find security 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.
— Mother Theresa
NOTE: This poem was originally written by Kent M. Keith as his “Paradoxical Commandments.” Mother Teresa adapted his work and her adaptation is represented above as it was found hanging on her bedroom wall. The adaptation was often promoted by Mother Teresa, but it is important to understand she did not write the original version.