living with dignity

The Paradoxical Commandments by Kent 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.
Succeed anyway.

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.
Build anyway.

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.

When I think about the legacy I will leave the next generation, and in particular my two amazing boys, I can think of nothing more important than leaving signposts, through my words and example, of how to live with dignity in a world fraught with indignities. To live in this way, you must find your way out of the labyrinth of self-concern The forces of fear and greed at work in the world have turned many a well-intentioned heart from that which matters most. 

Fear and greed have a remarkable way of way of corrupting the hearts and minds of perfectly good people and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly these two spirits take root once given soil and water. 

One thought on “living with dignity

  1. It does daily cultivation of good soil by paying attention to what really does matter. As we keep our land clear and beautiful we establish those green pastures for us to find rest as well as all those held in our love.


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