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Do It Anyway

As the sun was rising earlier, I was doing a quick facebook check with my morning coffee when I saw a poem my sister-in-law had posted on her page.  It was by Mother Teresa, and the words cut straight to my heart.  I spent a little time googling it and found it over and over, sometimes with slightly different wording, but with the same message.  I found the truth in these words completely raw and inspiring, especially knowing they were from a woman who spent her life giving and knows of what she writes.

These were words I needed to hear.  So I thought I'd share this poem with you, in case you needed to hear them too.


by Mother Teresa

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 true enemies; 
Succeed anyway. 

If you are honest and frank, 
people may cheat you; 
Be honest 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.

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