The Paradox of life.

I came across this by Dr Kent Keith and it was first written in 1968. It was said Mother Theresa loved it so much a version it was hung in the hospital of Culcatta.

I hope you enjoy -full credit and acknowledgement to the author Dr Kent Keith.

This is beautiful..


The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith. 1968

People are illogical, unreasonable, and 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 will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

By Dr Kent Keith

I can’t express how much I love these thoughts by Dr Keith.  It motivates my life, everything of my life.

I share below some of my reflection on his words.


Our character, integrity, humility, kindness, compassion, morality and human-ness(made up word) is in doing the right thing even if you get kicked!

Heaven is a place on earth where humans are in harmony.

Hell is a place on earth where humans are in disharmony.

Therefore,change our character and behaviour . Do good anyway, When you do good karma and reap good karma..


Choice is always ours, to do that which is right? Or to do that which is wrong? The choice and consequences is ours to reap.



22 replies

  1. I also appreciate your thoughts on harmony. I think of how beautiful it is when we all do our part to contribute to that harmony in our world. So true, the truths found in “The Paradoxical Commandments”. I think it emphasizes that in the end we’re responsible for our actions no matter how the world perceives us and no matter the changes that happen around us. Thank you for your uplifting messages!

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  2. Beautiful, thank you for sharing!

    It reminds me of this from the Gita –
    “You have the right to work,
    but never to the fruit of work.
    You should never engage in action for the sake of reward,
    nor should you long for inaction”

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  3. This is beautiful ✨ I love the “No matter what, do good anyway”. I think it’s important for us to know why we do good. Is it to please people or for ourselves? – Because if it’s for people that we do good, we’ll get tired since it’s not genuine. But if it’s for us, then it becomes better to persevere even through the negative reactions towards us. It ultimately leaves us happy and at peace with ourselves…

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