Mother Teresa Poem : Do It Anyway

Mother Teresa Poem

Mother Teresa wrote this poem – Do It Anyway

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 true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

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


Read another poem by Mother Teresa : LIFE

9 thoughts on “Mother Teresa Poem : Do It Anyway”

  1. Though this [This is an adaptation of the Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith]and the other poem you have attributed to Blessed Theresa of Calcutta are very nice, please note that they were not written by her.
    – refer to the website of the Sisters of Calcutta for further clarification and information.
    Thanks much for other information on your site. I realise it is not always easy to know whether things are authentic or not, or where to check them, but I thought I would just clear this one since the Sisters are trying to correct misinformation.
    Thank you
    God bless you

  2. Just wanted to thank you for having this up here. I love Mother Teresa and have occasionally found her misquoted in a few places online. Just..thank you and God Bless you!

  3. A wonderful poem by Mother Teresa. All statements she said here were true especially the last part “between you and God.” People may look you bad, they make up stories to pull you down, but there is always God. He knows everything that’s happening to all of us. So do not be upset and in the end, He will reward you an eternal life in heaven.

  4. This poem was not written my Mother Teresa, as stated by a previous comment, it was originally called The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith… Please give credit to the proper author, Mother Teresa never claimed to write it, she just had it published in her book. You all need to do your homework… Thank you. The very last lines were added from the original version. But since so many don’t believe in God, it is still a great poem either way.

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