THE WISE WAY - Paradoxical Commandments
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 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 may destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, others may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people may often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is all between you and god; It was never between you and them anyway.
Written by Kent M Keith when he was 19, first published by the Harvard Student Agencies in 1968