Living together, working together, collaborating together is Life’s Challenge. The recent protests, marches, AND additional acts of violence and outrage sparked by George Floyd’s murder have saddened my spirit and my soul. What can I do? Where can I make a difference? As I grapple with personal answers to these questions, I reflected on a reading that was shared at my son’s Celebration of Life in 2010.
Found on the wall at 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.
The challenge for all of us, I believe, is to do good anyway – however that looks to you. Contact me to start the conversation regarding what you can do – where can you make a difference. Start your journey forward NOW! email@example.com
Karen Haley Allen, M.A., is an international leadership coach and retreat facilitator. A former leadership and global business instructor at UC Berkeley, Dominican University and ITU, she founded HALEY ALLEN ASSOCIATES – “Our mission is to challenge and empower leaders and their teams to align their deepest values with business results.”