G (16 May 2011)
"Mother Teresa's "Anyway""
Apparently Mother Teresa was not the original author of this poem, but saw it somewhere and adapted it.
The original author was Kent M. Keith, who wrote it when a student at Harvard.
Here is his version, entitled "The Paradoxical Commandments:"
And here is his discussion of the Mother Teresa version:
Michelle S (14 May 2011)
"Re: Jim Goodrick "Do It Anyway""
Jim,The writings you submitted entitiled "Do It Anyway" are believed to be the words of Mother Teresa. I have this piece of beautiful inspirational wisdom hanging in my home. I recognized it immediately. Thanks for posting it here.Found this on the web..."The verses of ( Do it anyway) below reportedly were written on the wall of Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta, India, and are widely attributed to her.
Some sources say that the words below were written on the wall in Mother Teresa's own room. In any case, their association with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity has made them popular worldwide, expressing as they do, the spirit in which they lived their lives."
Do It Anyway -- (http://prayerfoundation.org/mother_teresa_do_it_anyway.htm)YSIC,Michelle S.
________________________________ Jim Goodrick (13 May 2011)
"Do It Anyway"
Do it Anyway
People are often unreasonable, illogical,
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,
it may offend;
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.