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Mother Teresa's Anyway Poem


~ People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centred;

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


Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat


Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy


Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be


Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget


Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be


Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your


It was never between you and them anyway ~


~*~ Mother Teresa's Anyway Poem ~*

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Comment by Tracy Rewiri on January 9, 2011 at 6:30pm


Many thanks and blessings for sharing this;  which I will share with others...

Rangimarie & Aroha

Comment by Firewoman on January 5, 2011 at 10:50am

Aho!! Wado beloved Dekshi.


Comment by Aina Notoa on January 4, 2011 at 9:31pm
Loved this Phil and thank you :) xox
Comment by tammy vernice rogers on January 1, 2011 at 5:55pm
Thank you for sharing this piece of truth from a wonderful soul.
Comment by Billy Howell-Sinnard on December 29, 2010 at 12:51pm
I like truth no matter where it comes from. This sounds like truth to me.
Comment by Judiann on December 29, 2010 at 10:40am

There is great wisdom and spirituality that comes to us from many directions.


November 22nd
In this world we are influenced by two sentiments, Joy and Pain.
Joy gives us wings! In times of joy our strength is more vital, our intellect keener, and our understanding
less clouded. We seem better able to cope with the
world and to find our sphere of usefulness. But when
sadness visits us we become weak, our strength leaves
us, our comprehension is dim and our intelligence
veiled. The actualities of life seem to elude our grasp, the eyes of our spirits fail to discover the sacred mysteries,
and we become even as dead beings.
There is no human being untouched by these two influences; but all the sorrow and the grief that exist
come from the world of matter—the spiritual world
bestows only the joy!
If we suffer it is the outcome of material things, and all the trials and troubles come from this world of
For instance, a merchant may lose his trade and depression ensues. A workman is dismissed and
starvation stares him in the face. A farmer has a bad
harvest, anxiety fills his mind. A man builds a house
which is burnt to the ground and he is straightway
homeless, ruined, and in despair.
All these examples are to show you that the trials which beset our every step, all our sorrow, pain, shame
and grief, are born in the world of matter; whereas
the spiritual Kingdom never causes sadness. A man
living with his thoughts in this Kingdom knows perpetual
joy. The ills all flesh is heir to do not pass him by,
but they only touch the surface of his life, the depths
are calm and serene.
Today, humanity is bowed down with trouble, sorrow and grief, no one escapes; the world is wet
with tears; but, thank God, the remedy is at our doors.
Let us turn our hearts away from the world of matter
and live in the spiritual world! It alone can give us
freedom! If we are hemmed in by difficulties we have
only to call upon God, and by His great Mercy we
shall be helped.
If sorrow and adversity visit us, let us turn our faces to the Kingdom and heavenly consolation will be outpoured.
If we are sick and in distress let us implore God’s healing, and He will answer our prayer.
When our thoughts are filled with the bitterness of this world, let us turn our eyes to the sweetness of
God’s compassion and He will send us heavenly calm!
If we are imprisoned in the material world, our spirit
can soar into the Heavens and we shall be free indeed!
When our days are drawing to a close let us think of the eternal worlds, and we shall be full of joy!
You see all round you proofs of the inadequacy of material things—how joy, comfort, peace and consolation
are not to be found in the transitory things of the
world. Is it not then foolishness to refuse to seek these
treasures where they may be found? The doors of the
spiritual Kingdom are open to all, and without is
absolute darkness.
Thank God that you in this assembly have this knowledge, for in all the sorrows of life you can obtain
supreme consolation. If your days on earth are numbered,
you know that everlasting life awaits you. If
material anxiety envelops you in a dark cloud,
spiritual radiance lightens your path. Verily, those
whose minds are illumined by the Spirit of the Most
High have supreme consolation.
I myself was in prison forty years—one year alone would have been impossible to bear—nobody survived
that imprisonment more than a year! But, thank God,
during all those forty years I was supremely happy!
Every day, on waking, it was like hearing good tidings,
and every night infinite joy was mine. Spirituality was
my comfort, and turning to God was my greatest joy.
If this had not been so, do you think it possible that
I could have lived through those forty years in prison?
Thus, spirituality is the greatest of God’s gifts, and ‘Life Everlasting’ means ‘Turning to God’. May you,
one and all, increase daily in spirituality, may you
be strengthened in all goodness, may you be helped
more and more by the Divine consolation, be made
free by the Holy Spirit of God, and may the power of
the Heavenly Kingdom live and work among you.
This is my earnest desire, and I pray to God to grant you this favour."
Writing from a very Holy Elder
Comment by Gigi Manning on December 28, 2010 at 9:17pm
So where I am at today, Thank you.
Comment by Mark Granfar on December 28, 2010 at 5:16pm
Thank you Phil for posting this
Comment by Phil Lane Jr. on December 28, 2010 at 4:51pm

Dear Cynthia,

As spirituality is infinite and universal, it is uplifting and inspiring, to me from every perspective. This is only my point of view after many years of healing from churchianity.

Warm Love and Greetings,


Comment by Cynthia Knuth Fischer on December 28, 2010 at 3:37pm
I prefer Native spirituality - don"t you?

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