The quote I chose tonight is a long one but is very important in living a life of gratitude. The quote is from Mother Teresa. Wikipedia states:
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, MC, commonly known as Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), was a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary who lived most of her life in India. She was born in what is today Macedonia, with her family being of Albanian descent originating in Kosovo.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children’s and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools. Members must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience as well as a fourth vow, to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor”.
Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003, she was beatified as “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”. A second miracle credited to her intercession is required before she can be recognised as a saint by the Catholic Church.
I admit that I am not Catholic, but I have always admired Mother Teresa for her work in India and her dedication to the poorest of poor. Her acts of love and kindness are what she is best known for worldwide, in my opinion.
The quote I chose is:
“People are often unreasonable, irrational, 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 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.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
This long quote from Mother Teresa is a quote about mankind’s sins. In this quote, Mother Teresa lists the sins as:
- “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
- …people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
- …some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
- …people may deceive you.
- …others could destroy overnight.
- …some may be jealous.
- The good you do …will often be forgotten.
- …the best you have…will never be enough.
- …in the final analysis, it is between you and God.
- It was never between you and them anyway.”
That is quite a list of sins. I don’t think she missed many, except adultery and murder. She speaks of our unreasonableness, irrationality, self-centeredness, accusations of selfishness and ulterior motives, unfaithful friends and genuine enemies. Mother Teresa goes on to speak of deceit, insincerity, dishonesty, destructiveness, jealousy, good being forgotten, and your best not being good enough. But she calls us all to a higher plane. She tells us to:
- Forgive anyway.
- Be kind anyway.
- Succeed anyway.
- Be honest and sincere anyway.
- Create anyway.
- Be happy anyway.
- Do good anyway.
- Give your best anyway.
- It’s between you and God.
- It’s not about you and them.
Notice all the actions that she gives us…forgiveness, kindness, success, honesty, sincerity, creativity, happiness, goodness, “best”ness, and reminds us that it is between us and God, not us and them. WOW! I can’t speak for you but for me, that is a tall order. I can spend my whole lifetime and maybe accomplish 5 out of 10 of those things that I am called to do.
I do know one thing, however. Living daily a life of gratitude, kindness, appreciation, love, and compassion brings me ever so much closer to doing the things I have been called to do.
How about you?
My gratitude list of 5 things I have gratitude for:
- My willingness to forgive.
- That my H.P. (God) encourages me to be kind, honest, and sincere.
- That I am further encouraged to succeed, create and be happy (the result of gratitude).
- My ability to do good and keep my actions between me and my H.P., God.
- Keeping my focus on what I can do and give rather than on what others can do or give.
I pray that you are forgiving, kind, honest, sincere, successful,
creative, happy, doing good and keeping it between you and God.