Sunday, 1 May 2011

Anyway

I was struggling a couple of months back. I had people thinking the worst of me when, in my mind at least, I wasn’t doing any wrong. It was getting to me so much that the devil used it as an opportunity to tempt me. I was tempted to do what these people were saying I’d done. I was thinking ‘well if I’m being judged for it I might as well do it’ but in the middle of this, the poem below came to mind. I couldn’t remember exactly where I’d read it and I couldn’t find it at the time but the meaning behind it stayed with me and kept me from giving in to temptation. I got through the situation and came across the poem the other day so I thought I’d share – for I believe it’s a message worth sharing; worth adhering to too.

Anyway, 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 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 your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.