The world events of the last few weeks have brought up fear, panic and even hatred. And fear can spread like wildfire, can’t it?
Love, patience, compassion move more slowly, but are even more powerful. But how do we stand for what is good, when there’s a wildfire of fear
surrounding us? One helpful way is to follow The Paradoxical Commandments, which were written by Kent M. Keith while he was a student at
Harvard over fifty years ago!
May these commandments give you a sense of hope and strength!
The Paradoxical Commandments
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 succeed, 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 may get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
These commandments call us to be our best, despite the difficulties we’ll face in living up to them. But, especially in these troubling times,
striving to be our best is what we’re called to.
Where do you need to build anyway? Or give your best anyway?