Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mother Teresa

This is one of my favorite pictures of her. I love how she is cradling this baby.
If I could live my life with even half of the passion and conviction she did hers I'd be at peace with my life. The way she lived her life with no excuses. She knows what the right thing to do was and she did it. NO excuses. Talk about living with integrity. She is one of many people I look up to and strive to live with as much commitment to my beliefs as she did hers.
My favorite poem is "Anyways" by Kent M. Keith. It is my compass and reminds me of where peace is... for me.

Mother Teresa's 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.

[Reportedly inscribed on the wall of Mother Teresa's children's home in Calcutta, and attributed to her. However, an article in the New York Times has since reported (March 8, 2002) that the original version of this poem was written by Kent M. Keith.]


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