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ANYWAY

By Mother Teresa

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 friends;

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…

Give the world the best you have, and you may get hurt;

GIVE THE WORLD YOUR BEST ANYWAY…

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and GOD;

IT WAS NEVER BETWEEN YOU AND THEM ANYWAY…

I admire original works, but when I come across something which makes an impact on me, I like to share it. If I wasn’t so thoroughly poetry-challenged, this is exactly the kind of verse I would have written. I am pleased as punch to have come across something readymade… without me having to slog over it…! 🙂

In a way, this poem belongs to me… and to you… and to everyone who lives these words. This poem is also my answer to people who have asked me over the years, how I continue to have benevolence for people even when they disappoint me. People have asked me how I can forgive so easily, not have resentment, be ready to continue helping even those who have supposedly hurt me.

I am not claiming to be a saint; far from it. The truth is, someday if I am really hurt, I doubt if I will forgive easily. But how can I have resentment if I haven’t been hurt in the first place? I don’t believe people can hurt each other much. Not in a way that matters a great deal. Unless someone does something so bad that it wounds me to my soul, I am not hurt. And to reach my soul is not that easy. I am not that accessible… appearances to the contrary notwithstanding.

When someone misbehaves, I feel sad and I sorry for them. I know their conscience will bother them… SOMEDAY… Then they will torture themselves thinking they have hurt me… and wouldn’t know how to apologize. I wish I could tell them in advance… now… that they didn’t hurt me. Not in anyway that matters…

They need to make peace with their own conscience, with their own GOD. Not with me.

It was never between them and me ANYWAY…!

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Written on: 27th Nov 2007

 

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