"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 are successful, 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'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
"The Paradoxical Commandments" were written by Kent M. Keith when he was 19 and a sophomore at Harvard College. He wrote them as part of a book for student leaders entitled The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council, published by Harvard Student Agencies in 1968. Kent’s “Commandments” subsequently spread around the world and have been used by millions of people. The discovery that changed his life was that Mother Teresa had put the Paradoxical Commandments on the wall of her children’s home in Calcutta. Never under estimate the power of your words and what they may mean to others. Vibrational Blessings, Debbie A. Anderson
O, for the gift of wit - Mahatma Gandhi
A lovely little anecdote, about one of life's more interesting characters.
When Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London a white professor; whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely and always displayed prejudice and animosity towards him!
Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing him as he expected; there were always "arguments" and confrontations!
One day; Mr. Peter`s was having lunch at the dining room of the University, and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor said: "Mr Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat."
Gandhi looked at him as a parent would a rude child and calmly replied: "You do not worry professor. I'll fly away." and he went and sat at another table.
Mr. Peters; reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on the next test paper, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all questions.
Mr. Peters; unhappy and frustrated, asked him the following question. "Mr Gandhi, if you were walking down the street and found a package, and within was a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money, which one would you take?"
Without hesitating; Gandhi responded, "The one with the money, of course."
Mr. Peters; smiling sarcastically said: "I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom."
Gandhi shrugged indifferently and responded: "Each one takes what he doesn't have."
Mr. Peters; by this time was fuming. So great was his anger that he wrote on Gandhi's exam sheet the word "idiot" and gave it to Gandhi.
Gandhi took the exam sheet and sat down at his desk, trying very hard to remain calm while he contemplated his next move.
A few minutes later; Gandhi got up, went to the professor and said to him in a dignified but sarcastically polite tone: "Mr. Peters, you autographed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade."
Whether this is a true story or not... I think you will relate to it on many levels (smile). Have a Vibrational day, Debbie A. Anderson
Sometimes great people do amazing things! Sometimes we are blessed to see and experience it in our lifetime!
Nelson Rolihahla Mandela was born on July 18, 1918. If he were still alive today we would be wishing him a happy 96th Birthday. He was a political activist & philanthropist who helped dismantle apartheid in South Africa and served as president from 1994-99.
He was revered as a world leader, showing us all that fighting for what is right is not always easy, but if you try hard enough, you can preserve. He died on December 5, 2013.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of their skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite. What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others. That will determine the significance of the life we lead! Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world. For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall”. Nelson Mandela.
When he spoke, his words were profound, touching and powerful.
Sometimes it is not for us to learn from others but to lead the way and do something for ourselves and the world around us. I hope that “sometime” comes into your life and you are ready to embrace it and create the transformations needed!!
Written by Debbie A. Anderson
Debbie A. Anderson
As we awaken the vibration within, so the healing begins and we learn to love and live.