Mother Teresa

The version of a prayer found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta:

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People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.

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If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  

Be kind anyway.

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               If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends

              and some genuine enemies.

               Succeed anyway.

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              If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.

              Be honest and sincere anyway.

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              What you spend years creating,

              Others could destroy overnight. 

              Create anyway.

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               If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. 

              Be happy anyway.

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             The good you do today, will often be forgotten. 

                Do good anyway.

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

                Give your best anyway.

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               In the final analysis, it is between you and God. 

                  It was never between you and them anyway.

-this version is credited to Mother Teresa

-original version Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kenneth M. Keith

 

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