Have you ever forgiven someone despite being hurt by them? Has there ever been a time where something you did was misjudged, misunderstood, or misconstrued by others? Have you ever felt that someone has taken advantage of your honesty or loving-kindness? Or perhaps you have felt that you were an unfair target of criticism, jealousy, or cattiness. Or maybe, good deeds you have done were punished, you were short-changed in some way, or you have felt that you just couldn’t measure up for some reason or another.
If you have felt something similar to what I just described, you might also relate to the following quote by Mother Teresa:
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.”
I love this quote because it reminds us that even while we may not always get the response we are expecting or hoping for, we should still do what we love. That we should still act in accordance with our values and beliefs, no matter what the reaction we may elicit from others. I love this quote because it serves as a reminder that there is nothing in this world that will ever get one-hundred percent approval and we should be true to ourselves despite that fact. I love the permission and the encouragement she gives us as she reminds us to “do it anyway”.
Imagine, for just a moment, what our world would look like today had people in history not followed Mother Teresa’s advice. What would have happened had they not “done it anyway”? Where would we be today if people did not promote their ideas, act on their values and their convictions, no matter how radical? What if our ancestors had not found their voice and had the courage to speak out? Had they not done it “anyway”, there would have been no evolution, no betterment, or change.
So in light of this quote, I too encourage you to “do it anyway”, whatever your “it” may be. Put your best foot forward and take a stand for what you believe in. Raise your voice to speak up and be a catalyst for change. Offer loving-kindness to those you encounter, forgive those who have hurt you, and live an honest and happy life. Do good, have an impact, and show the world the absolute best that you have to offer. Promote progress. Ignite the fire in others that leads to positive change. Have the courage to do these things, whether or not they are met with approval from everyone. And remember that when you meet resistance from people, it was never between you and them anyway.