This blog is called “Sunny, Anyway” because life is sometimes crazy and the important thing is to retain your optimism and keeping believing that good will eventually triumph. So “anyway” is an essential part of my viewpoint – you have to confront the bad stuff, not sweep it under a rug, if you want to become and stay truly sunny.
This has always been one of my favorites. I found it after a somewhat difficult chapter in my life and kept it posted on my cubicle wall for years. I’d heard it was written by Mother Teresa, but it turns out that she just liked it, too, and posted it on her wall in Calcutta.
The Paradoxical Commandments
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Dr. Kent Keith
Now, I’m not in total agreement with this. You can give the world the best you’ve got and it’s not a foregone conclusion that you’ll get kicked in the teeth. On the other hand, I’ve seen many very good people working their hearts out to help others who routinely do get kicked in the teeth. Carrying on anyway with no bitterness is a good and noble thing.
I think it’s time to print this out again and put it back on my wall.