It is so important at the beginning of every year to get in a positive mindset and set the stage for the next 12 months. I have a variety of different strategies that I use to get myself and my team pumped up for the year ahead, but one thing I ALWAYS do is read the poem Anyway by Mother Teresa. Some of you may have heard it once or twice before, but even if you already know the poem I want you to read it, digest it, and apply it to your life this year. Take your time reading it and let the words really soak in. I hope you all enjoy the poem as much as I do and I hope it helps inspire you today and for many years to come.
Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem
People are often unreasonable, illogical 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 false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will 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’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
I would love to hear your feedback after reading the poem—which line hit home with you the most? What is something you can work on this year? Leave your comments below!