Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Paradoxical Commandments

"People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centred.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful you will win some false friends
and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down
by the men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favour underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building can be destroyed overnight.
Build it anyway.

People really need help
but may attack you if you try to help them.
Help them anyway.

Give the world the best you have
and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway."

A version of this list is attributed to Mother Teresa, and you can see why she liked it and adapted it. The original was written by Kent M. Keith.

2 comments:

Vanda Symon said...

These are brilliant - and so true!

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Indeed. The Mother Teresa adaptation (easily Googled) has had some of the rough edges of the original knocked off, and some religion added to it, but it also has a very strong backbone just as she must have had in order to achieve all that she did.