Today I want to share with you one of my favourite poems. I have always taught in Catholic schools and part of that involves some special time for reflection, prayer and meditation. Even before staff meetings, we had time to share a prayer, a thought or time just to be. The poem below is one that was shared during a staff meeting and one that resonates with me. I love its message. It's one that I try to instill in my kids - to enjoy the simple things in life and filter out the 'static' that surrounds us as we strive to live each day to the full.
DO IT ANYWAY
by Mother Theresa
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 false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and sincere, people may cheat you;
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, someone could destroy overnight;
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 world the best you have, and it will never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.