People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.If you are kind to people, they may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.What you spend years building, someone else could destroy overnight. Build anyway.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 was never between you and them, anyway.
Author unknown.This was included in a sermon given by Bishop Suffragan, the Rt. Rev. Joy Gallagher, assistant to the Rt. Rev. David C. Bane, Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia (around 2005).