The “Anyway” poem that was found on Mother Theresa’s wall has often been attributed to her, though according to some sources, that’s not quite true. The author, Dr. Keith, wrote it when he was 19. Here’s his take on the issue, and the poem below.
The Final Analysis
People are often unreasonable, illogical, 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 false friends and some true friends;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
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.
If you give the world the best you have, you may get kicked in the teeth
But give the world the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.