A friend sent me this poem and it is a good doctrine to live by in an increasingly pessimistic and self-preserving society. Despite the “facts of life,” I choose to love others and give my best though there are those out there who may take advantage of it and though I may even end up getting hurt at times.
Inevitably, though, you meet people who also live by these ideals and the best and most rewarding friendships come out of such a lifestyle…
Free to live, free to love, free to be yourself, free to forgive those who wrong you, free from the expectations of others… this is true freedom!
The Final Analysis
By Mother Theresa
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 God;
It was never between you and them anyway.