Do It Anyway.
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 never be enough:
Give the world the Best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God:
It was Never between You and Them Anyway.
There is an older inmate that just moved into the cube next to mine yesterday. He has been incarcerated since 1988, and is serving a ten year to life sentence. Over the last ten years, he has been denied parole five times, once every two years.
He did not kill or cause physical harm to anyone. His case appears to be another one of those times one the law does not always operate just and fairly.
He started talking to me tonight about his case and first made sure I was not an atheist, and shared two envelopes he had received from a Christian pen pal. The contained some printed material and the above was printed on one of the small cards enclosed.
While I am certainly not perfect, I think I operate by the above guidelines and have certainly felt the adverse reactions Mother Teresa mentions. Contrast the above guidelines with the following post that defines the difference between an inmate and a convict.