Thursday, July 21, 2011

Do the Right Thing...Like Mother Theresa

Anyway- By Mother Theresa
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 your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Earlier  today (around 6:45 am) I got a call from a good friend who was having some relationship troubles. We talked for about an hour and a half before I felt confident that this conversation would not be our last …if you know what I mean. Our conversation inspired me to share the poem above.  I wanted to share this poem because I feel like it does a perfect job of describing what it means to be in a state of evolved consciousness. You know that place…where we all strive to be? That place of complete peace…of complete consciousness and awareness….that place that is without judgment and pain?  I pray that those who lay eyes on this poem do not make the mistake of discrediting the depth of the words within it. In my opinion this is one of the most accurate depictions of being as GOD, that I have ever seen.  Many of us suffer greatly from an external locus of control, meaning that we feel that our destiny lies in the hands of someone or something else. We lay our hopes, dreams, and so on in the laps of whoever seems to be in control in our life at that time. The problem? No one ever has control over our lives unless we give it to them. SOOOO at the end of the day we have to choose to be who we WANT to be in SPITE of who or what everyone else seems to be.  Why? Because at the end of the day and of this life…its ALWAYS about you and the higher power that you answer too. And I’m not talking about a heaven and hell type situation. I am talking about the way life unfolds. The inconvenient truth is the universe/GOD doesn’t keep a record of rights and wrongs….that’s a human trait. BUUUUUUUT you will most def reap what you sow.  So those of us who are blessed to know better must do better or we don’t get the luxury of being surprised when things turn out the way that they should; the way that our actions say we deserve. Those of us who seek GOD must do the right thing ANYWAY. We must treat people right ANYWAY. No matter what. It is what it is. OORRR we can expect to get the bs that we put out back. I can’t tell you how many times I have been pissed because I feel like someone has treated me bad fifty ‘leven times and the one time I do something bad to them I get it back a million times worse. GRRRR!  But then I realize that my intention is evolution. So I understand that I can’t be irresponsible. I am called to do the right thing ANYWAY. The woman who I am and want to be can’t be affected by other people. I must remain constant. Consistent. Unshakeable because that which I draw strength from is just as timeless. People close to me would never coin me as religious and in truth I'm not...but my spirituality is primary in my life. I have no doubt that there is a higher power at work in my life. The difference between me and tradional religious zealots is that is that I KNOW I am made of the same cosmic stuff as GOD. I’m like a deity who bows at the feet of the almighty. I know there is a power bigger than me but I also know I am a part of the power. That confidence is what allows me to be generous with my love and with myself. When you know that your source is inexhaustible you are able to give and give and give and FORgive and FORgive and FORgive.

So the point is all this is….just because someone doesn’t treat you the way you think they should…does not give you the right to treat them wrong. Do the right thing anyway. Be compassionate anyway. Because your ability to be fair, just, kind, and loving no matter what is what makes you eligible to receive unconditional love and acceptance from others even when you don’t deserve it. I do want to say that treating people right anyway, doesn’t mean that you allow people to mistreat you and occupy the places of honor in your life. That would be abuse. It’s okay to put distance between you and those who hurt you..or those who are not good for you…but do so with compassion and grace.  I’ll stop here because there is no way that I could be as articulate as Mother Theresa was (I mean she’s a saint). Let these words sink in. Let them permeate you. Do as they say and watch GOD work in your life.

1 comment:

  1. Love this poem! Great words to remember everyday, thanks for sharing.