*These featured verses reportedly were written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta, India. Although widely attributed to her, some sources claim that the words were written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s room. Either way, they’re associated with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity as the embody their approach to spirituality and service. While they seem to be based on “The Paradoxical Commandments” originally by Dr. Kent Keith, the majority of the second half was re-written in a more spiritual way.
Mother Teresa’s Do It Anyway poem verses are as follows:
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;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
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.
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