Tuesday, September 22, 2009

i give a frock

over lunch today i asked the question, have you ever known someone or someones who only takes and either gives nothing or very little? i said they will take and take until the last drop and you'll look up and find you are drained. i did get a lot of yes answers. for a minute i just needed to pull back and keep something for myself. now that i feel stronger i'd like to share again. the thing is to find a balance where i can share and not be drained, and to have some stuff for myself. it takes time to find that balance... ahhh and the patience of a saint...

do it any way~by mother teresa
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 enemies;
succeed anyway.
if you are honest and frank;
people may cheat you;
be honest and frank anyway.
what you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
build anyway.
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.
give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
give the world the best you've got anyway.
you see, in the final analysis
it is between you and God
it was never between you and them anyway.

image by kat Mcleod


annkent said...

I have had that experience. It is very difficult and may destroy your soul if you do not have the strength to survive. I never saw this quote - it provides wonderful guidance ... thank you!

l'air du temps said...

hi annkent, your words are quite on point and profound!

nurii said...

Yo también digo yes. También he conocido gente que sólo coge pero que bien poco da. ¡Mejor que estén lejos!! No aportan gran cosa y destruyen lo que pillan. Besos

Angie Muresan said...

I have known plenty of such people and marveled at their arrogant sense of entitlement. Steer clear of them, they are poison to the soul.

Lovely poem by Mother Teresa.