Thanksgiving: An Antidote for Life in a Narcissistic World

As I shopped for and then began to prepare food for my family, I thought about this poem I have displayed in my counseling office. In my profession, some would analyze the emotions and thoughts in this poem and label it in various ways, such as co-dependent, dependent, even narcissistic. I understand that I don’t live up to these ideals, but I like to be uplifted by the emotion and feel my idealism and hope be rekindled.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem

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.