Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers and mother figures out there.
At church this morning, I was reminded of a poem by a famous mother figure by my church priest, another "Mother" both in her role as a clergy and as one who has given birth to and raised children.
If you have been here before, you know I believe that all of life, especially relationships, are a balancing act between because of, and in spite of. This poem from Mother Teresa reminds us of the choices we must continually make as we travel through our lives and interact with people.
ANYWAY POEM -- by Mother Teresa
The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta:
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.