“Do It Anyway”–Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Inspiration comes from so many unlooked for sources when one is on the right track and in need of it.  Pondering how to shape, schedule and present the new upcoming interview series here, GOOD PEOPLE DOING GREAT THINGS, I stumbled on the following: found written on the wall in Mother Teresa‘s home for children in Calcutta.  There are always scoffers and naysayers: do it anyway.

                    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.


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About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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6 Responses to “Do It Anyway”–Mother Teresa

  1. love her! thank you, Margaret!


    • Thank you! She is a treasure, one of a kind, followed her conscience and God’s pull on her heart. The legacy she left of selfless compassion and giving is massive. It’s said bishops and cardinals were embarrassed in her presence 😉 Go figure


  2. AshiAkira says:

    Many years ago, she traveled through Japan. On a train she said she was thirsty. A man accompanying her poured water into a paper cup from the water fountain and brought it to her. She drank the water and saw some other passengers throwing such paper cups into the wastebasket by the fountain. She refused to hand over her cup to the man, and she quietly put it in her bag apparently for keeping it to make use of it again.
    Before I read about this in a newspaper, I had heard some criticisms against her, mostly saying she was only a Catholic agent trying to increase the followers to enrich the Catholic Church. I’m not a Christian or I don’t belong to any religious group, but her conduct (and other things she was doing) convinced me she was living a life linked directly with God.


    • Critics, carpers, deriders flock like flies over someone (like Mother Teresa) people making waves and a difference. Although I was brought up and raised in the Catholic tradition, like Pope Francis (and Christ Himself) I have to throw up my hands and say “who am I to judge?” “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” This message at the core of the gospels is often glossed over or ignored in the effort to get the upper hand, in power plays etc. For me it’s all about mercy and connecting to the divine spark in all life. Making things better. Giving a hungry person a sandwich, a stray dog a bowl of water on a hot summer day. Creeds and sects are confining, misleading and never tell the whole story and often become barriers between mankind and God. Certainly not worth going to war about or repudiating anyone for. I simply intuit God on a very fundamental level and know God as love. That’s the sum total of my theology. Our lives are little dramas, I think, as we wrestle with this burden and the demands it places on our lives and hearts.


  3. oldpoet56 says:

    I do like your blog ma’am, I hope I can learn from your knowledge.


  4. Well, that’s very kind of you to say such a thing, old poet. I think we can all learn a lot from one another, whoever we are and wherever we are 😉


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