Friday, April 3, 2009

Do It Anyway

I’ve written before about how great it is to work with passionate people, who truly care about their communities, and aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and do what it takes to make it better.

There is a downfall to being such a person. That is that you become a target for anyone and everyone who disagrees with what you do.

Sometimes these differences of opinion can be positive. Diversity makes for better organizations, and often there are better ways of doing things that haven’t been thought of. Being open to different points of view can make a leader stronger, and is an opportunity to grow personally.

However, sometimes these differences of opinion can be negative. Very negative. What starts as merely expressing different points of view and having intelligent, lively debate escalates into personal attacks. It's very sad to see.

A wise friend once told me that people can be counted on for only one thing - to be human. We will be wise, kind, generous, tolerant. And we will also be petty, greedy, lazy, intolerant. When the good outweighs the bad, wonderful things can happen. But when we allow the negative sides of our nature to dominate, it hurts ourselves and everyone around us.

Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable,
illogical, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of being
selfish and having 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 and frank anyway.

What you spend years building,
could be destroyed 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.

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

~Author Unknown


The above poem was submitted by a contributor to the mikeroweWorks Forums. I appreciate it, and think it more than appropriate for situations that have developed recently in my small part of Nebraska.

Thanks for stopping by. Keep doing good work. The coffee's always on.

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