Anyway – Words attributed to Mother Teresa*

Image result for kent m keithPeople are often unreasonable,
illogical, and self-centred;
forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you
of having selfish, ulterior motives;
be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends
and some true enemies;
succeed anyway.

Image result for mother teresaIf 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 never was between you and them anyway.

– Mother Teresa of Calcutta*


*  See –

“In conclusion, Kent M. Keith crafted the “Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership” when he was a young student at Harvard University in 1968. His words have been misattributed to at least four different people including Mother Teresa. The commandments have also been altered over the decades. Sometime between 1995 and 1999 a coda was added that Keith dislikes.  …

“[KKSR] 1969 (Copyright 1968), The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council by Kent M. Keith, 4th edition, Chapter Two: Brotherly What?, Quote Page 11, Harvard Student Agencies, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Verified with scans; Many thanks to the librarians of the Olin C. Bailey Library of Hendrix College)  …”

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Linda writes:

A contribution for this week from Lynne Frith – found in Signs and Wonders 1.  I really like this and find myself wondering if this idea could be used in small group worship.

“In a medicine pouch I carry
Blessings that keep me connected.

clownA clown from a Christmas cracker:
A blessing on all clowns and comedians and funny people.

One of Joan’s small green frogs:
A blessing on all that hops and leaps and croaks and chirps.

A threepence out of a Christmas pudding:
A blessing on all celebrations, feasts, and festivities.

A tiny hubcap from papa’s workshop:
A blessing on all who fix, repair, and rebuild.

The friendship bracelet made by Arthur:
A blessing on all our friends.

A giraffe:
A blessing on all that is tall and lanky and reaches the unreachable.

Grandad’s pocket magnifying glass:
shellA blessing on all that enlarges the vision.

A shell from a Wellington beach:
A blessing on all that ebbs and flows.

A stone from Mt Tamalpais:
A blessing on all adventures.

The spirit’s eye brought by a friend from Greece:
A blessing on all that protects and keeps safe.

A piece of windscreen glass:
A blessing on all that shatters and is fragmented.

A piece of amethyst:
crossA blessing on all that is reflective.

Add to these my mother’s small wooden cross:
A blessing on all things of the spirit.

A blessing on all that is, and has been, and is to come.”