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Psychological Healing
in the Catholic Mystic Tradition

Anyway

As used by Saint Mother Teresa

 
People are often unreasonable, irrational, 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 unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and joy, some may be jealous. Be joyful anyway.

The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

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This text was displayed by Mother Teresa on a wall of her orphanage in Calcutta, with no reference to the author. Consequently, many persons have attributed the text to Mother Teresa herself. According to information on his website, Kent M. Kieth claims that the text used by Mother Teresa was adapted from material he wrote in 1968.

 


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