Wednesday, August 15, 2012

It's between you and God

Recently I found this on Facebook and thought I'd share it with you:

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” ― Kent M. Keith

Who is Kent M. Keith?

Kent M. Keith wrote this when he was 19 and a sophomore at Harvard College. They became know as the Paradoxical Commandments. He wrote them as part of a book for student leaders entitled The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council which was published in 1968.

Mother Teresa put the Paradoxical Commandments up on the wall of her children's home in Calcutta.

If it was important to Mother Teresa, I thought it was worth considering.


  1. I've heard that before, but always as attributed to Mother Teresa, so interesting to find it was actually written by someone else. I love the saying. AND, I love that picture of you and your least I'm assuming that's him:)

  2. I love that quote! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I have this "quote" on my hallway wall in the entryway to my home.The words have helped me through many a difficult time in the past few words. Interesting though, the saying is attributed to Mother Teresa in my version. Thanks for the information, Jackie! :-)



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