One of my favorite statements, poems, quotes–whatever you want to call it–was delivered by Mother Teresa and brought to my attention by my late mother-in-law. Marsha, my MIL, was such an amazing woman and was dealt a cruel hand at far too young an age. Her passing was hugely impactful on all our lives, but most recently I find myself coming back to this same poem. She loved it so much. She completely represented every line. It goes like this:
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;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
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 your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
~ Mother Teresa
I’ve been through a number of trials that have tested my resolve in life more than I like to admit, and I almost fell into an old bad habit today. I made a realization recently that whenever I feel down or depressed I find an excuse not to ride. As I drove home today, focused on a memory that brought me pain, I decided I wasn’t going to ride when I got home. I couldn’t possibly focus and that would be fair to Val. That was my excuse. So, as I pulled into the driveway I entered the door and told myself to ride anyway. And I did.
And it was beautiful.