This is a poem that I have had taped to my bathroom mirror for at least 20 years. I read a poem every morning and after my exercises. I read all the little poems, quips and saying that I have taped all over my house. When I get stuck on a meditation conjured idea that is not helpful, I pull out one of my poetry books and read. Poetry seems like higher evolved thinking to me and always opens the door/window for new ideas. Thus I share one with you which seems very pertinent these days.
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 some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
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 just never be enough;
Give the world the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it’s all between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
According to the author, Mother Teresa was so moved by these commandments that she hung them on a wall in her orphanage in Calcutta.
What inspires new thinking and ideas for you? Opens the window of your mind?
Do you have a way to inspire yourself? I have been finding lovely things on Stumble Upon this Season.