One of my favorite short reminders of how to live life can be found written on the wall in Mother Theresa‘s bedroom of her home for children in Calcutta, India. It is a constant reminder to live by a set of principles that are grounded, unfettered by the whims of societal change.
I wish I could say I was good at abiding by all of these, but I’m still a work in progress.
People are often illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will certainly win some unfaithful friends and genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years building, others could destroy overnight. Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give anyway.
And here are a few more that I’ve added personally from my own experiences…
And if the world rewards mediocrity, choose to give the world your best anyway.
If you take the worthy road, people may beat you to the finish line. Take the worthy road anyway.
If you show common dignity for all, some will not return the same courtesy. Show common dignity anyway.
If you give love unconditionally, you will get hurt. Give love anyway.
My friend Erin Mellinger posted this on facebook the other day. It’s so insightful, I wanted to share it with you:
“There are only 3 colors, 10 digits, and 7 notes; its what we do with them that’s important.”
Every number ever produced is a combination of 0 -9.
Every color I see is a blend of just three.
And every song I love is the same primary notes – played in a different way.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. We’re all given our own two hands, and feet, and brilliant mind. We all have the space between stimulus and response where we are given the freedom to choose how to act.
Each of us choose to arrange the notes of life a certain way, or to view the digits dealt to us a through our own lens.
It’s what we decide to do each day – its how we decide to perceive – that adds the songs and color to our lives.
Today, I'm at a wedding in Orange County CA and got to spend time talking with the father of the bride – a dapper chap with opinions and life experiences to back them up.
We got on the subject of life lessons, in which he shared with me his view on how to get along with others.
Thus, I bring you the quote of the day – direct from the wedding chapel:
"Treat people well. For, the toes you step on today may be connected to the ass you might have to kiss tomorrow."