This really struck a chord with me recently.  It was reportedly found inscribed on the wall of Mother Theresa’s room in her Children’s Home in Calcutta and is apparently based on a poem originally by Kent M. Keith:

Thought it might inspire some of you too:



People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centred;

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 world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;

It was never between you and them anyway.


  1. The Loving Parent says

    SUCH a beautiful poem. It strikes me, right into my heart, whenever I read it.
    Thank you for sharing. xx

  2. says

    I really like that, very inspiring for when we feel like the world is getting on top of us. It’s not between us and them anyway, it’s between us and our God. Just keep on keeping on. Love it, thanks for sharing.

    • Anya says

      You’re very welcome. I think it’s something to keep up permanently somewhere, like Mother Theresa did!

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