Restraint is important but also important is taking a chance, being vulnerable and pushing past the negative thoughts that keep us from doing the right thing.
People are often unreasonable, illogical and selfcentered; 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 false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
Goats may give you poison oak, kiss them anyway (OK, I added this on.)
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; It was never between you and them anyway.
(Also known as the Mother Teresa Anyway Poem)