The words below are especially important to me since they were found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s Home for Children, and our daughter Jessie was one of the children in that home when we adopted her exactly forty years ago.
These words also make heartfelt resolutions for the coming year.
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 unselfish, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, people could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.