Do It Anyway – A Prayer by Mother Theresa

by Christine Sine

This prayer is usually accredited to Mother Theresa though it was probably written by Keith Kent.I t was found written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta.  It seemed appropriate for this season of Lent

Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Teresa of Calcutta


              People are often unreasonable, irrational, 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 unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

           If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

            What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

            If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

            The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

         Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

         In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

-this version is credited to Mother Teresa


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11 comments

Br. Jay February 29, 2012 - 6:06 am

A beautiful prayer…definitely in the spirit of Mother Theresa if not written by her.

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eneubauer February 29, 2012 - 7:29 am

We have to be willing to live in the uncomfort of this reality.

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Christine Sine February 29, 2012 - 1:46 pm

So true – there is an uncomfortable reality to what is said here

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Outstanding story there. What happened after? Take care!

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rogerwolsey March 1, 2013 - 9:56 am

As someone else hinted at, she didn’t actually write this prayer ( Kent Keith did), but it was a favorite of hers. — And me too. : )

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sandra February 25, 2017 - 5:51 am

Write anyway. Give yourself without desire for recognition. Highest spiritual practice. Let go and let God.

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Christine Sine February 25, 2017 - 8:49 am

Sandra you are right. Writing is like a spiritual practice for me.

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Jan lessner January 29, 2014 - 5:29 pm

This prayer makes me a better person to all I meet!

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Christine Sine January 29, 2014 - 10:55 pm

Wonderful to hear that

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