It's nearing the end of May and I promised to dedicate this month to mothers. I got sidetracked for a few posts but have no fear! I'm back.
...In case any of you were holding me to my word.
Anyways. I'm highlighting an amazing mother today, Mother Teresa, a nun who started the Sisters of Charity. Instead of giving you her bio, I'll tell you why she personally has affected me. I think, to an extent, we're all snobs. I dress better than you, my health is better than you, you always make mistakes, I never do anything wrong, don't tell me what to do, my kids are better than yours, my way of thinking is better than yours, my talents are more advanced than yours, and my gosh - what did you do to your hair? etc.
But this lady was amazing. She took the ways of the world and flipped them over. Pride? Yeah, we've all got that. But she showed us what it means to be humble. Being humble isn't talking about being humble. Or wanting to be humble. Or talking about how you're so prideful and if only you could be more humble...
"Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It's thinking of yourself less." -Rick Warren, I believe. And isn't that exactly what Mother Teresa was like? Always thinking of others, always putting them first, always talking about love and charity. Not only talking - but really and truly living it. She helped anyone. It didn't matter what the people looked, smelled, or talked like. It didn't matter what religion they were or how worthy they were of help. She gave them help, and by doing so, she gave them love.
There is a famous poem often attributed to Mother Teresa. I'm not sure if she wrote it herself, but I think it's amazing and beautiful advice to live by. Even if you've seen it a million times, take a few moments and let the words mean something to you.
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;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
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 was never between you and them anyway.