Do It Anyway, The Paradoxical Commandments

‘The paradoxical commandment,’ is a poem written by Dr. Kent M Keith, and popularized as ‘Do it Anyway,’ by Mother Teresa, a religious sister, and a missionary.

Below is a rendition:

People are repeatedly unreasonable, foolish and selfish. Pardon them anyway.

If you are a giver, people may charge you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be a giver anyway.

If you are victorious, you will win some treacherous friends and some true enemies. Triumph anyway.

If you are truthful and frank people may cheat you. Be truthful and honest anyway.
What you spend years building, people could tear down in one day. Build anyway.
If you find peace of mind and joy, some may be envious. Be joyful anyway.
The good you do now will often be forgotten. Do your best nevertheless.
Give the best you have, and it will never be sufficient. Give your best nevertheless.
You see in the final analysis it is between you and Almighty. It was never between you and them anyway.

 

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