Daily Meditation: Love Boldly

04/02/2015 09:17 am ET | Updated May 01, 2015

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features a poem by speaker and writer Dr. Kent M. Keith. "The Paradoxical Commandments," called "Anyway" for short, were reportedly beloved by Mother Teresa, who up on the wall of her children's home in Calcutta. On Maundy Thursday, keep love and compassion present in your heart.

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The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are unreasonable, illogical, self-centered
… love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives
… do good anyway.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies
… be successful anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow
… do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable
… be honest and frank anyway.
People love underdogs but follow only top dogs
… follow some underdog anyway.
What you spend years building what may be destroyed overnight
… build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you try to help
… help people anyway.
If you give the world the best you have, you may get kicked in the teeth
… but give the world the best you have
… Anyway.

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