Sunday, April 27, 2014

The "Anyway" Poem

I attended a workshop yesterday, and included in the handouts was a copy of 
the beautiful "Anyway" poem by Mother Teresa.  
The "Anyway" poem is a favorite of many people regardless of their belief system, 
because the words transcend the context of religious doctrine.  
The "Anyway" poem was actually modeled after The Paradoxial Commandments 
by Dr. Kent M. Keith, whose original version differs slightly.  
The story goes, that Mother Teresa was so enamored with the poem that the words 
were found written on wall of her Children's Home in Calcutta.  

Good food for thought ~

The "Anyway" Poem
People are often unreasonable, illogical 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 false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
 If 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 your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Thanks to Miriam at the Mir-Yam School of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Meditation
for providing the poem.

Tulip photo by Diane Fergurson


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