Thread 5: HaLife, Fun Life, Abundant Life…

[The verses below reportedly were engraved on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, and are widely attributed to her. However, according to The New York Times, the verses actually were written by 19-year-old Kent Keith in a motivation booklet for high school counselors published while he was a student at Harvard in 1968. In 2002 Dr. Keith was communications director at the Honolulu YMCA.]

ANYWAY
by Kent Keith

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 anyway.
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 was never between you and them anyway.

Submitted by: Sarah Christianson

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this may be out of place; disregard if need be. the last prayer (by kent) is by Mother Teresa. i love this project. from every power that all the world enchains. man frees hims-elf when s-elf control he gains. Goethe

Submitted by: blessallways

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