Do It Anyway

26 August 1910 – 05 September 1997

For 87 years, the world had one of the greatest people to ever live: Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun widely known for her tender words and humanitarian works. She won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 as well as Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971), Nehru Prize for her promotion of international peace and understanding (1972), Balzan Prize (1979) and the Templeton and Magsaysay awards.

Many people consider her a saint. Below are my favorite words of wisdom from Mother Teresa. They were supposedly found on the walls of her home in Calcutta, where she spent most of her life living with the underprivileged. Take note that they seem to be a revised version of Kent Keith’s commandments, making the ending more spiritual. You can find both versions here.

DO IT ANYWAY

People are often unreasonable, irrational, 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 unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

Quotes: On Faith & Religion

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“Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.”

 “A coincidence is a small miracle where God prefers to remain anonymous.”

“If this day did not end up the way you planned it, always remember: If God had wanted this day to be perfect, then He wouldn’t have needed to create tomorrow.”

“Ask God for what you deserve, not what you desire. For your desires may be few, but you deserve a lot more.:)”

“God only makes happy endings. So If it’s not happy, then it’s not the end.”

“When God takes something out of your grasp, he’s not punishing you but merely emptying your hand for you to receive a much bigger blessing.”

“When God leads you at the edge of the cliff, trust him fully and let go, cause only one of two things will happen: Either he will catch you when you fall, or teach you how to fly.”

“If God is in Heaven and my mother is there to because she died, how come he is alive?”
–Author Unknown

“God chooses what we go through; we choose how to go through it.”
–John Maxwell

An excerpt from the book “ANGELS AND DEMONS” by Dan Brown:

Vittoria:Father, why do you even bother to pray? God cannot answer you.”

Leonardo Vetra: “My daughter the skeptic. So you don’t believe God speaks to man? Let me put it in your language. As you probably know, human beings use a very small percentage of their brain power. However, if you put them in emotionally charged situations like physical trauma, extreme joy or fear, deep meditation– all of a sudden their neurons start firing like crazy, resulting in massively enhanced mental clarity.”

Vittoria: “So what? Just because you think clearly doesn’t mean you talk to God.”

Leonardo Vetra: “Aha! And yet remarkable solutions to seemingly impossible problems often occur in these moments of clarity. It’s what gurus call higher consciousness. Biologists call it altered states. Psychologists call it super-sentience. And Christians call it answered prayer. Sometimes, divine revelation simply means adjusting your brain to hear what your heart already knows.”

 QUOTES ON RELIGION

“God has no religion.”
–Mahatma Gandhi

 “Sadly coming to the conclusion that organized religions are cults with a large following.”
–Deepak Chopra

 “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”
–Jonathan Swif

 “Religion is the masterpiece of the art of minimal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.”
-Schopenhauer

“The religions of mankind must be classed among mass delusions. No one, needless to say, who shares such a delusion ever recognize it as such.”
-Sigmund Freud

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.”
-Blaise Pascal

“My Religion is simple; my religion is kindness.”
-Dalai Lama

“The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.”
-Elbert Hubbard

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That is my religion.”

“Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man’s?” –Friedrich Nietzsche

“When God starts changing things, He usually begins with changing us.”

“Do you believe that God forgives a crime, a murder for example, just by telling it to a priest, who in the end is a man like us, who has the duty to keep secret and fears to burn in hell, which is an act of attrition? Despite being a coward, a shameless cad and assured of salvation? I have a different idea of God. For me, an evil is not corrected by another evil, neither forgiven with empty weepings nor alms given to the church. If I, for instance, have murdered a family man, if I have made of a woman a hapless widow and turned happy children into helpless orphans, will I really satisfy God’s eternal justice by being hanged, by confiding the secret to one who would keep it, by giving alms to the priest who needs them the least, or by weeping day and night? And the widow? And the orphans? My conscience tells me I should make restitution where and if possible to the person I have murdered; consecrate all of myself and for all my life to the good of the family to whom I caused so much harm, and even then, even then, who can replace the love of the husband and father?”
–Don Rafael, Noli Me Tangere

“It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.”
-Thomas Jefferson

Does God seem far away? If so, guess who moved?

Do you say “Our Father” every Sunday and act like an orphan the rest of the week?

Life Lesson: On Faith and Love

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FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND
a very popular story, source unknown

One night, a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, He looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life, there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it.

“LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most, you would leave me.”

The LORD replied,

“My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

The Interview with God

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Interview With God
(click this to see the video)

I dreamed I had an interview with God.
“So you would like to interview me?” God asked
“If you have the time” I said.
God smiled
“My time is eternity”
“What questions do you have in mind for me?”
“What surprises you most about humankind?…”

God answered…

“That they get bored with childhood.
They rush to grow up and then
long to be children again.”

“That they lose their health to make money
and then lose their money to restore their health.”

“That by thinking anxiously about the future,
they forget the present,
such that they live in neither
the present nor the future.”

That they live as if they will never die,
and die as if they had never lived.”

God’s hand took mine
and we were silent for awhile
And then I asked…
“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons
you want your children to learn?”

God replied with a smile:

“To learn they cannot make anyone love them.
What they can do is let themselves be loved.”

“To learn that it is not good
to compare themselves to others.”

“To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most,
but is one who needs the least.”

“To learn that it only takes a few seconds
to open profound wounds in persons we love,
and it takes many years to heal them.”

“To learn to forgive by
practicing forgiveness.”

“To learn that there are persons who love them dearly,
but simply do not know how to express or show
their feelings.”

“To learn that two people
can look at the same thing
and see it differently.”

“To learn that it is not always enough that they
be forgiven by others. But that they must
forgive themselves.”

“And to learn that I am here…
always.”

 

Life Lesson: On Faith

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from email, source unknown

An Atheist Professor of Philosophy speaks to his Class on the problem Science has with GOD, The ALMIGHTY. He asks one of his New Christian Students to stand and…

Professor: You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?
Student: Yes, sir.
Professor:  So you Believe in GOD ?
Student: Absolutely, sir.
Professor: Is GOD Good ?
Student: Sure.
Professor: Is GOD ALL – POWERFUL ?
Student: Yes.
Professor: My Brother died of Cancer even though he Prayed to GOD to Heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD Good then? Hmm?

(Student is silent)

Professor : You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start again, Young Fella. Is GOD Good ?
Student: Yes.
Professor: Is Satan good ?
Student: No.
Professor: Where does Satan come from?
Student: From . . . GOD . . .
Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student: Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And GOD did make Everything. Correct?
Student: Yes.
Professor: So who created evil?

(Student does not answer)

Professor: Is there Sickness ? Immorality ? Hatred ? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student: Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created them ?

(Student has no answer)

Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son…have you seen GOD?
Student:
No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever Heard your GOD?
Student: No, sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelled your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: yet you still Believe in HIM ?
Student: Yes.
Professor: According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student:
Nothing. I only have my Faith.
Professor: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student:  Professor, is there such a thing as heat ?
Professor: Yes.
Student:  And is there such a thing as cold ?
Professor: Yes.
Student: No sir. There isn’t.

(The Lecture Theater becomes very quiet with this turn of event)

Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 Degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There is pin-drop silence in the Lecture Theater)

Student: What about Darkness, Professor ? Is there such a thing as Darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is bright if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? Darkness is not. If it is, would you be able to make darkness darker?
Professor:
So what is the point you are making, young man?
Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student: Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality. You argue there is Life and then there is Death, a Good GOD and a Bad GOD. You are viewing the Concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses Electricity and Magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life; just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach that we evolved from a monkey?
Professor:
If you are referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process, yes, of course, I do.
Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir ?

(The Professor shakes his head with a Smile, beginning to realize where the Argument is going.)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an ongoing endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The Class is in Uproar.)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever Seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelled it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the Established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect Sir, how do we then trust your lectures?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student: That is it sir . . . the link between Man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving & alive.

***

A beautiful conversation, indeed. Not only does it talk about faith, but it mentions the problem when we always think in terms of dualism. Curious who that student was? It turns out that it was no other than Albert Einstein. Have a great day 🙂

Watch the wonderful video here.