An Inspiration From War

Self-Therapy For People Who ENJOY Learning About Themselves

On September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center in New York was completely destroyed, and the Pentagon, the center of American military power, was greatly damaged as well.

About three thousand people died. All U.S. citizens, and citizens of all other countries, were in shock.

I was scheduled to attend a professional workshop six days after this attack.

Since a friend of mine traveled quite a distance to attend the workshop with me, I decided to go even though my mind wasn't at all on the subject.

The workshop itself was not good, but, because of the attack, the instructor handed us the following quote which she said was written by "Mother Theresa" (a famous religious figure from Belgium).

As soon as I read it I knew I wanted to share it with you, even though I've only wanted to put my own writing at this site, and even though my own definition of "God" might differ from hers.

Here it is. I hope it holds as much meaning for you as it does for me.

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.
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building someone could destroy overnight.
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.



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Staff, H. (2008, October 19). An Inspiration From War, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, July 24 from

Last Updated: April 27, 2016

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