Mother Teresa Prayer

Mother Teresa hung a copy of the following poem on the wall of the Orphanage she founded in Calcutta.  Its source is unknown:


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.


The good you do to-day

people will often forget to-morrow;

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 is never between you and them