Words she lived by


To the Editor:

I didn’t write this, but I read this, from Mother Teresa, to myself every once in a while, because it is a reminder not to become resentful or hurt while attempting to give with my best intentions.


People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.

Love them anyway.

If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives.

Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

The good you do may be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Honesty and openness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and open anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

People who really want help may attack you if you help them.

Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt.

Give the world your best, anyway.

Fred Thornbrugh

Vineyard Haven