Friday, November 1, 2013

Do It Anyway

Today I am dubbing "Do It Anyway" Day!

Why? You ask.
Because, life can getcha down, things can seem overwhelming, but so so often we need to step up and (say it with me now) DO IT ANYWAY!

As a matter of fact. So often, it seems that things I dreaded, were in actuality, the things I loved the most once I gave them a chance. We can't be afraid to take steps forward. Even, and especially, when they are frightening.

In honor of now dubbed special day, I will share two special, inspirational inspirationals. :-) One serious, and one not so much. But both with a ggrrreat message.

Mother Teresa's poem, Anyway, is a great reminder for me. It reminds me to not shirk away from duty, to not run from adversity, and not fear change, and to plain old not hide from life and the possibility of joy in whatever form it may be.
(I got this poem from the Prayer Foundation. It is attributed to Mother Teresa and was written on the wall of her home in Calcutta, India. I heard it was inspired by Kent Keith's The Paradoxical Commandments.)

Do It Anyway
People are often unreasonable, illogical 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 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, 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.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
~Mother Teresa

And if you aren't inspired enough...I will leave you with this little motivational ditty.

What could be better than the Fraggles (of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock)? Not much! And when you pair them with Ben Folds Five and an spirited video with meaningful, fun lyrics. Well, let's just say you get a party and a half.

Ben Folds Five "DO IT ANYWAY" f. Fraggle Rock [Official Video]

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