Sunday, May 1, 2011

Do it anyway

Recently, I've developed a new perspective.

Health scares will do that to you. 

I'm doing great, feeling so much better than I have in years that it's not even funny.

Tonight, I came across this quote: (apparently, it's my week-o-quotes)

  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.

         In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

-this version is credited to Mother Teresa

R and I were having a discussion today. The story behind it is a long one, so I'll sum it up like this: he thinks I let myself be taken advantage of.

In some respect he's correct. But the thing is, and this is how I phrased it to him this afternoon, even if that's true (and sometimes it is), the joy I get out of doing what I feel is the right thing to do far outweighs the fact that someone might take advantage. And when the balance shifts, then I start saying no. 

And then I ran across this quote, and it expresses what I was trying to say exactly.

I love it when stuff like that happens.

I love this quote. 

No comments: