I read this quote by Mother Teresa the other day, it was part of a booklet compiled in aid of the Tibet House Trust that provides sactuary for Tibetan refugees and the White Lotus School which provides an education for the indigenous children of Ladakh.
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centred;
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;
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they maybe 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 was never between you and them anyway.