Do It Anyway

The Mensch attended a graduation ceremony in May that was pretty much produced entirely by the graduating class, eight graders at Summerville Catholic School.  I saved the program because I was moved by the closing reading which the children had lifted from the writings of Mother Theresa.  Here it is.

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 true enemies; succeed anyway.

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

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