My boss and I were talking the other day about what others think of us and whether we should worry about what they think. Positive recognition has been something that I have always sought in my life. Moving to my current position as a roaming district level technology support person I work in an office with some extraordinary people who have taught me a lot in this area. I have learned a lot and need a lot less positive recognition, knowing myself that I always try my best, not letting something rest until I have done it to the best of my ability.
During our conversation I touched on not doing something because of what I thought someone else would think. At that point my boss got up and grabbed a framed note from his desk to show me. What follows is the text from that note, which really made an impression on me. I have to thank Joe for his wisdom, this is something that I have saved and will remember for the rest of my life.
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 your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
Inscribed on the wall of Mother Teresa’s children’s home in Calcutta. Originally written by Kent M. Keith.