Painting by Mary-Ann
It is so interesting how most people have been brought up to be considerate of other people. Most of us will treat others politely. We want to be kind and we want to be liked by people. Yet there are those who do not care about being nice. They are ready to find fault and complain, they want to say what they want to say, where they want and to whom they want to say it. They do not care about the effect it has on other people. Sometimes the effect they have on people could be so severe that the receiver of the words or criticism might feel despondent or feel like giving up on their plan or idea. It is very difficult for most of us not to be bothered by such negativity, but I would like to share this prayer by Mother Theresa with you and say: Don't pay attention to others' opinion of you, never give up on your dreams and stay true to who you are!
This version was found written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta and is said to have been written by her. There are other versions of this prayer, but this is the version that has been credited to 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 happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy 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.
I would love to hear from you.