Most of you have probably heard the Paradoxical Commandments before, but I thought of them after reading Wendy's post about the perils of telling the truth.
I really need to put the Paradoxical Commandments on the wall next to my computer.
People are difficult. We are at times ungrateful, self-centered, self-pitying, and any other "self-" adjective that makes others miserable. I'm one of those people. We all are, ever since we walked with tears and shame out of that first lovely garden.
Unless we resolve to do it anyway, nothing good will ever happen. When I look back on my life, I want to know that I helped. I won't be thinking about how ungrateful Johnny was, or how so-and-so spread jealous gossip. I'll be treasuring my memories of how I made a difference.
The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
And while I'm on the subject of being humane, Dawn Simon gave Inkhorn Blue the Humane Award. Thank you! Dawn is a writer of Young Adult fiction. She recently finaled in a contest and maintains an encouraging blog. Stop by and say hello, if you get a chance.