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Do Your Best Anyway

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Article written by Mary "Motivator" Rau-Foster

Occasionally we may feel that it is a waste of time and energy to act with integrity, compassion, and concern for all. Especially when our efforts don't seem appreciated. When rejected, we may be reluctant to try again even though everything in our souls cries out for us to move forward.

Mother Teresa, who certainly lived a life that is an example for all of us, put the following on the wall of her children's home in Calcutta. Perhaps she also felt let down at times.

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered,
Love them anyway

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,
Do good anyway

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies,
Succeed anyway

The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
Do good anyway

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
Be honest and frank anyway

What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight,
Build anyway

People really need help but may attack you if you help them,
Help people anyway

Give the world the best you have
And you'll get kicked in the teeth,
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

The above are 8 of the 10 "Paradoxical Commandments" by Kent M. Keith on the wall of Mother Teresa's children's home in Calcutta.

Keep moving toward your goals with integrity and compassion. When confronted with resistance, smile and do it anyway.

Affirmation for the Week:
"I act, think, and "be" with no expectations in return, and there I find peace and contentment."

Have a doing and giving week!

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