My second son graduated from 8th grade last week. He went to a Catholic school from Kindergarten to 8th grade and often through the years I doubted whether the price of tuition had been "worth it". It wasn't easy paying for three boys to go to Catholic school and don't think for one minute that we could afford it. We can't. It is a sacrifice. One of the last celebrations for the grads is a dinner hosted by the 7th grade class. The evening is a reflection of their accomplishments, special moments and fun times. They always have a slide show and then each teacher has a few words to say. I thought these were especially significant. I also thought I might not have ever heard them in a public school.
Occasionally we may feel that it is a waste of time and energy to act with integrity, compassion, and concern for all, especially when our efforts don't seem appreciated. When rejected, we may be reluctant to try again even though everything in our souls cries out for us to move forward.
Mother Teresa, who certainly lived a life that is an example for us all, wrote the following.
Perhaps she also felt let down at times.
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;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
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 never was between you and them anyway.
Keep moving toward your goals with integrity and compassion.
When confronted with resistance, smile and do it anyway.
And one last thing...... put your heart into it!
I was profoundly moved by these compelling words I hope you are too!