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May 19, 2010


do it anyway & the paradoxical commandments

by Andrea O'Connell

These lovely inspirational words were written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children, in Calcutta.  (Thank you to my friend, Weezie, for sharing this.)

Do it Anyway…

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.

The words by Mother Teresa seem to mirror what was written in 1968 by Dr. Kent M. Keith.  It is unclear at this time which was written first.   Regardless, I do hope you like these inspirational messages as much as I do.

The Paradoxical Commandments

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

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

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

4. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

5. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

6. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

7. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

8. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

9. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

10. Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

Source: The prayerfoundation

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. auntdeedee
    May 20 2010

    Here is the motivation from Mother Teresa:

    In the final analysis,
    it is between you and God.
    It was never between you and them anyway.

    God is watching and He is the rewarder of good deeds.

    I think these two are original thoughts by both, not knowing one another’s wisdom prior. Many a compassionate heart does/ have done these things in life even if they never wrote them down.

    Great post! 😀

    • Andrea
      May 20 2010

      thanks auntdeedee:

      I love the sentiment here – it has great meaning for me. I agree that many a compassionate heart will either do or strive to do these things.

      I like this little reminder for everyday….

      (((hugs my friend)))

  2. weezie10
    May 20 2010

    Here is forgiveness. The words I copied from Marinade’s to your place the other night, never made mention that they weren’t her own thoughts. However, since you made a post and have given them a place of honour, I forgive that person for using them as her own. So there you go, out of something slightly misleading comes the true title that it belongs to, and words haven’t changed their meaning anyway. Don’t you just love it when plagerism becomes a friend. lol

    • Andrea
      May 20 2010

      LOL Weezie… it’s serendipitous, isn’t it! It sure works for me.

      ((((Big hugs dear Weezie))))


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