Thursday, October 18, 2007

Tom, our rector at St. Philip's, posted a very similar version of ANYWAY on his blog not long ago. I've always liked it. My version came from a 1992 BellSouth newsletter with Jim Vandenburg listed as the author. I have another version, different from mine and Tom's, attributed to Mother Teresa, but basically they all say the same thing. Whoever originally wrote it and those who modified the original to suit their own tastes and purposes had wisdom to share with the rest of us.

People can be unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered - but love them... Anyway.

Do good for others, and your motives will be suspect - but do good... Anyway.

Small men with big ideas can be discouraged by big men with small minds - but think big... Anyway.

Give the best you have to give and people will find fault - but give your best... Anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight by well-meaning, thoughtless people - but build... Anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true adversaries - but succeed... Anyway.

Question authority and you will stand alone - but ask... Anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow - but do good... Anyway.

The picture above was made by Jim Carrington at the annual Feast of St. Francis Pet Blessing. I've never taken Gus and Jay-Jay, thinking they might be the only "pound puppies" there, but from the looks of those who got blessed, they weren't all pedigreed. Jim's photography is always fun to view.

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