I attended a meeting yesterday of a group called Koinonia; a greek word that connotes meanings of community and participation. This particular group is a weekly gathering of graduate students at Loyola University Maryland to discuss issues of faith and spirituality. Yesterday our topic of conversation was the notion of forgiveness. At the end of the hour-long meeting, the leader shared a prayer that I thought was quite profound and hit me square between the pockets. It is called “Do It Anyway”, and is reportedly attributed to Mother Theresa.
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.