Do It Anyway

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
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 false friends and true 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 biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

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

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

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

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

 The Paradoxical Commandments

Often mistakenly attributed to Mother Teresa

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About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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4 Responses to Do It Anyway

  1. Have always loved this one. Great reminder and rather timely. Easy to get overwhelmed by the world and sometimes I just want to crawl in a hole and hide.
    But not for too long.
    My love of people is too strong.
    Thank you for sharing this today!

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    • Thanks. A few years ago I posted this on my office door for a while; it was my little attempt to “change the conversation” that can slip too easily into complaint – or as you say – into being overwhelmed. Glad to hear you will “love anyways.”

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  2. Elle says:

    I like this quote and have heard it before but it’s a good one worth repeating. Thanks for sharing it!

    Liked by 1 person

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