Thursday, September 6, 2012
Do It Anyway
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered,
Love 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,
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you,
Be honest anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight,
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.
This was written in 1968 by Dr. Kent M. Keith as part of a booklet for student leaders while he was at Harvard University. If you look at the following link you may read about Mother Teresa's connection with this poem. http://www.kentmkeith.com/mother_teresa.html Many have Mother Teresa credited as the author, because this was discovered on the wall of her bedroom when she died. Imagine how thrilled Dr. Keith must have been when he found out that Mother Teresa loved his words so much that she had them beside her every day for inspiration.
In 1968 when this was written, the United States of America was in such a turmoil. Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the student protests...it was such a turbulent time. It was because of the negative feelings around him that Dr. Keith wrote this poem, and tried to inspire good leadership. I think this positive energy is very much needed today.