“If you steal from one author it’s plagiarism. If you steal from two, it’s research.”
— John Burke —
There is an old Russian proverb that goes like this,” If everyone gives a thread, the poor man will have a shirt.” Now I will be the first one to rebel against the redistribution of wealth, especially my wealth and even yours. On the other hand we can and should do what we can to help others where possible. That doesn’t have to mean money or threads, it can be giving of yourself. So several Sundays ago, at Mass, I was perusing the weekly bulletin instead of giving my full attention to what was going on at the altar. Inside the bulletin was a short article entitled MOTHER TERESA REMINDERS. I liked what I read, they don’t cost money and I thought they were worth sharing, so here they are:
- 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.
- When 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.
Nice thoughts, huh?
One last anonymous quote: “Life has no remote, get up and change it yourself.”