Posted: July 18, 2011 in Uncategorized
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This comes from Kent Keith, required reading for those who want to maintain their integrity in the real world:


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.

… Kent Keith

  1. Menina says:

    Thank you for the reminder that, even though I have often read these words, I should read them again anyway. One cannot read them too often.

  2. Mildred says:

    I don’t know Keith Kent but I like his poem. Thanks for posting it.

  3. Mimi Rogers says:

    Note to self – good words to live by!

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