Mendoza: A lesson from St. Teresa of Calcutta

The Scribe’s Corner

MARY Teresa Bojaxhiu who was born in Albania on August 26, 1910 and reunited with the Creator on September 5 1997, commonly known as Mother Teresa and honored in the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She was the author of the poem “Do It Anyway” that speaks about being consistently good giving us the message that the real reward of a person is his personal encounter with God. This is her poem and my own interpretation.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. To easily do it, make an imaginary profile of all the people in your organization and try to have as much information about them. With this, you will know how to deal with them, if not individually but by cluster where they have common identities. No one shoe fits all.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. Don’t be a person that somebody may like you; be the person which you think is acceptable to the one who created you. And nothing is more acceptable than being near perfect since the one we consider as our model, our God is Himself perfect.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. Success is a product of hardwork and being able to seek guidance from Him who is the source of all goodness and graces. If you are confident enough that you did not trample any person in attaining your success, there is nothing to worry. Keep on succeeding and be an inspiration.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. Honesty is the best policy as sincerity is the best way to deal with people specially our clienteles. There are no substitutes for these virtues as they are not godlike way but an epitome of genuine public servant.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. Living in this imperfect world is sometimes challenging to many as they are always products of intrigues and wrong judgment by people who find happiness in spreading lies about other people. If we take them seriously, they will just rejoice seeing you being affected.

If you find serenity and joy, some may be jealous. Be joyful anyway. Again, if you attain genuine happiness due to hard earned success, there is nothing to worry, there is nothing to explain because at the end of the day, the truth will set us free.

The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. As I have said, living by doing good consistently is leading by example for leaders and setting a standard for followers.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. There is nothing can be compared with achieving excellence in all that we do. As long as you do it with integrity, your best work is good enough according to your own standard at first and later, according to internationally accepted standards. Anyway, there is no perfect organization or system for that matter.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. The ultimate end of education is to meet God face to face as our final destination.

This Corner hopes that the lessons we learn from St. Teresa of Calcutta through her examples will remain as our guidepost to live a purpose driven life.


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