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.
These words are credited to Mother Teresa and this is the version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta.
This is so simple. So clear.
No matter what. Let’s do good and love well.
And there’s no way that this is easy.
Personally, during the past year or two I feel like I have run into walls depicting each of these phrases.
People, life is hard. At each and every point of goodness that you sincerely work towards, there is an equal or greater amount of resistance.
And sometimes you are knocked down and beaten.
It’s so unfair.
But — it doesn’t matter.
Do it anyway. Learn, adapt, and lean into the hard things with purpose and hope that sees beyond the small world that others project over you.
Can I give you hope is a weirdly honest way? These things are going to happen, no matter what. No matter how pure your intentions are, no matter how good of a person you are, no matter how wonderful of a cause you are pursuing.
But here’s the cool thing. Only movement instigates opposition.
Opposition is actually proving that you are doing worthwhile things.
Are there boundaries around movement? Of course. Evil actions will also face opposition eventually. But we must constantly test ourselves and our hearts against the law of love: is this pure, healthy, right, true, good, excellent and honorable?
If yes, then think on those things, and what you think on you become. And what you become you do. And what you do proves who you are.
So let’s keep moving forward and tell opposition that it can pick a fight with us as much as it wants. We’re already promised the victory.