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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Final Analysis

2008 is coming to an end. It has been a historical year for the world. I hope you take some time to reflect on this year. I am writing to share a poem, which always hangs on my office wall, by Mother Teresa. It is titled, "The Final Analysis."

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;
...Succeed anyway!

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
...Be honest and frank anyway!

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
...Build anyway!

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 God;
It was never between you and them anyway.