One of my pet peeves is having to deal with stupid people. Rude people irritate me to no end. Fortunately or unfortunately, it’s not likely that I’ll be able to walk away from those types of people, nor will they quit appearing in my life. I consider myself to be fair and patient with most folks. Sadly, that fairness and patience sometimes goes out the window, and I find myself struggling to not be sarcastic and biting.

I love this passage. It’s called “The Paradoxical Commandments“. Often attributed to Mother Teresa, it was actually part of a booklet by Kent Keith, titled “The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council”.

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love 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 true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Be good anyway.
Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People need help, but may attack you if you try to help them.
Help them anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

Maybe I need to go back to school.


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