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A Beacon of Hope!


“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.”


From a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta,
Mother Teresa: A Simple Path, ?1995 compiled by Lucinda Vardey (8 of the Paradoxical Commandments by Kent M. Keith 1968)

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