This is one prayer that I took great comfort in as I continue on with my on-going professional and personal challenges. There is a lot to be thankful for, a lot to be hopeful for and a lot to look forward to. I shared this with my students in order to inspire them to think "Beyond the Now" in how they live and how they perceive. It is tough to do...but one has to try....
Mother Teresa's prayer
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 God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa