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Do it, Anyway


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These series of quotations, written by Dr. Kent Keith have long inspired me to strive to be a caring, forgiving, and loving woman – everything that a lady must possess.  Mother Teresa hung a version of this on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta.

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 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.

and finally…

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 end, it is between you and God;

it was never between you and them anyway.

Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/castlekay

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6 Comments

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    kiara
    June 4, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    being and beliving the best of you

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    Amy
    June 9, 2010 at 5:49 am

    Oh i like that a lot! Just decided to check in on you as haven’t for years! lol

    • Reply
      Clare
      June 17, 2010 at 3:22 am

      Hello Amy!
      Great to hear you enjoyed these quotations! Great to see you ’round again.

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    Stella
    June 17, 2010 at 2:13 am

    I love your posts, please keep doing it 🙂

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      Clare
      June 17, 2010 at 3:22 am

      Dear Stella,
      Thank you for your sweet note of encouragement! I hope to be posting soon!

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    mct88
    November 16, 2010 at 1:37 am

    this is great. thanks for posting. i love your blog.

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