love people.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, 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 unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

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

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

The good you do today, will often 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.

these words are written on the walls of mother teresa’s home for children in calcutta. she adopted it from kent keith’s paradoxical commandments. i love this. it’s so true. and something i hope i can remember on a daily basis. why do i do the things i do? what am i expecting based on my actions? usually a reward, attention, or a feeling of need and adoration. but what should i be basing my actions on? glorifying my god. he is so sweet to me and i am thankful that even when i think i desire the ways of the world he is here to remind me otherwise. i don’t need societal affirmation when i’m fulfilling god’s will for my life. i’m so lucky that my mom raised me to think this way growing up. be nice even to those who aren’t nice to you. do the right thing whether you will be rewarded for it or not. every positive action does not mean you deserve physical affirmation or rewards. mm. she’s awesome. anyway,. i totally love this, wanted to share it. and hope that i remember and live this out everyday.

ciao!

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