Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"Do It Anyway"

If you are kind, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

People are unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people will deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others will destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some will be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

(generally attributed to Mother Teresa)


Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

So beautifully said. Even as someone who is not religious, these are words I try to live by. After being thoroughly obsessed with your book for the last two days, I was very excited to see you have a blog I can follow.
Boy, I have a lot to talk about with my JW sister in law now! I know now why she doesn't come to my house anymore - it's all the Halloween art that's stumbling her:)

Anonymous said...

I have to say this is so true!!! I love thi poem. I've been though things like this only I don't fell like doing it anyway. It gave me something to think about and i should do it anyway.

Ellie Hamilton said...

You know what, I've been looking for this essay. I'm guessing it's the inspiration for Martina McBride's song "Anyway," although I havn't seen anything verifying that. Anyway.... I've been looking for it. Glad I ran across it here and glad I ran across your book in the library!

Daydreams On MountainTops said...

I feel like you put my mantra into words, when I have failed to express it before- thank you for this poem, and sharing your story. I just finished your book today, and since we are close in age, our stories are parallel with each others. Well, right up until I turned 12, since I was "givin' up" to the juvenile system and had to live in a girls home. I've got a few Ex- JW's as friends and I'll be sharing your book with them also, I think its refreshing to hear what others have been through, and that they are not alone, on their journey. Thank you Kyria

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