What You Do Matters

When I was 18 years old and trying to survive high school, looking for inspiration anywhere I could find it, the Chaplin for the Boston Celtics came to my school and gave a motivational talk. Being a die hard Celtics fan, I reached to that man and we sharer lunch. He showed me a film, told me stories about my heroes Larry Bird, dj, Bill Walton and shared the poem below, read by Dr J. at fundraiser. I came across the printed version some years ago, It’s now posted at my clinic for me and my guests to see daily.

If you are tired and needing a little encouragement, I recommend taking a two minute break and let these words fill you up.

” 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.”

-this version is credited to Mother Teresa


The original version was written by

Kent M. Keith

Small consistent change, over a significant period of time, leads to Monumental Results


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