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    Sunday
    Oct052008

    Be Yourself Anyway

    The following poem is engraved on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children 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 some true enemies;
    Succeed anyway.

    If you are honest and frank,
    people may cheat you;
    Be honest and frank 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.

    Give the world the best you have,
    and it may never be enough;
    Give 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.

    Who we're being in this precious moment is always and only up to us. Just be your most natural self.  Be the way you would rather be;  be the way you like to be;  be the way that brings you joy and ease and peace and contentment, and leave others to do as they wish. If your choices lead you to peace, then they are good choices. If your choices lead to discord, then question them.

    Live and let live and be happy.

    If you are being a good person or trying to do the right thing for any reason other than that it feels good to you, you're making things way too complicated. You are naturally inclined to goodness; you are naturally inclined to peace; you are naturally inclined to love and contribution. Let yourself enjoy the ease of trusting in your own goodness. Be good because it feels good to you and let everything else go.

    Trust in you. Love your world. Be happy the way children are happy.

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