Mother Teresa’s healing words


These beautiful words as you see them below have been widely accredited to Mother Teresa of Calcutta. They were found written on her wall. The words she wrote there were adapted from Kent M. Keith, who titled his work The Paradoxical Commandments. Regardless of who’s work it is, the words of irony are very apt to our insights into finding meaning in what seems to be paradoxical intentions between our ego and spirit, between right and wrong, between Gods will and our own.

The Paradoxical Commandments – Mother Teresa’s healing words

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centred. 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.

There are many, many more spiritual healing examples of ‘paradoxical commandments’ written with such amazing depth and insight. This one I have pinned up in my office to remind me that impossibility and illogicality in the world are necessary, however I am not subject to their laws. I operate under Grace. I am now and always the righteousness of God, regardless of what goes before me.

We can only learn to grasp these words with the same passion with which they were put to paper, and apply their meanings to our lives as and when we need to. When meaning becomes meaningless and the point, pointless, which it will for all of us, remember that we have the choice to understand another rather than be understood, to give it all away rather than cling to receiving and to forgive rather than to hold any contempt at all for anyone or anything. When we find these effects, and not a moment before, we will effortlessly answer the eternal question of why we are even treading the paths of life at all.

There is no doubt Gods plan is a great plan; although oftentimes we cannot make head or tail of it. Often we will have to navigate dark moments with no light other than the inner flickering of faith. But choice…choice is our eternal companion that will never leave us, and will never cease to beg the answer of the often metaphysical question of chooses we are doomed to make. Choices of life or death. Do we forgive, love and hope when all patience, faith and joy seem lost, or do we follow the paradoxical commandments and choose otherwise? That is a question God wants answered from each of us, and it is one we need to contemplate often so we find the answers both we and He are searching for.

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