‘Be Kind Anyway’

‘Be Kind Anyway’

A friend posted a Mother Teresa quote on Facebook on Monday morning, and by the time afternoon came, I could see it was another instance of the Spirit moving in mysterious ways.

I had been asked to help with something very important, and strange as it sounds, it was something both very simple and very complicated to do. I wrestled with the question before my mind went back to the words on my friend’s Facebook wall.

Seems Mother Teresa had told me what to do before I even had been asked. Here are the words I read, which reminded me to be compassionate and to err on the side of generosity at every chance.

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 true enemies; succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest 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 God; it was never between you and them anyway.


Image: Wikimedia Commons/Evert Odekerken



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Jennifer Scroggins works in Marketing in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • http://aftertheecstasythelaundry.wordpress.com/ Cynthia Schrage

    This is lovely, but this has been falsely attributed to Mother Teresa for far too long. http://www.kentmkeith.com/mother_teresa.html

  • di

    According to the folk music group The Roches (who set this to music several years ago and tell the story before performing it) this quote is not from Mother Teresa, whose office they asked for permission to use it. It appears to have its roots in a mission statement from a college student group many years ago, with the last line and the Mother Teresa attribution having been attached to it some time later.

    Still a nice idea, though.