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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Wednesday's Words - Do It Anyway
I attended my grand-niece's graduation from middle school last week. We were so proud of her as she received three special achievement awards, Dramatic Arts, Dance and a Merit award.
One of the speakers read the following in her speech. I am not a religious person, however, thought these good words to live by. I hope Dessie remembers them as she goes through life.
1. The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta:
eople are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
f you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
f you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
f you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
hat you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
f you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
he good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
ive the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
n the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
-this version is credited to Mother Teresa
2. The Original Version:
The Paradoxical C
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
© 1968, 2001 Kent M. Keith
"The Paradoxical Commandments" were written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders.
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