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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.


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