Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

This poem was written by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), founder of the Mission of Charities and was the recipient of 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.

I simply love this poem as it teaches me that no matter how heavy my emotional baggage was, it still a matter of perspective and faith that sooner or later, I’ll get through it.

The poem goes like this:

“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.

Mother Teresa was right. Indeed, it was only between me and my God, no one else would be involve anyway. Let’s put God in our hearts and live this life as noble as we can.

“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.” – Mother Teresa