#31Days: Day Eleven (or, the day of paradox)

Yesterday, I had a rough day. Nothing majorly terrible happened but through a series of tiny missteps, emails, words and all around fussiness I got sucked into a vortex of bad day blues.

It happens, you know. Maybe especially on days you wake up and dance for an hour first. I talked about this last year, but I believe when you start to focus on something, really hone in on it, the world rises up to challenge you so that you get through the thing you wanted to do. I want to wake up with intention, carry grace and peace through my day. So naturally my days aren’t like, as you wish Chelsie here’s everything you want.

All day I did my best to cease the complaining, to do the thing anyway. I’ve talked about this before, too, the concept of anyway. It’s a core truth, one I hang on to in the bad days or the good days – just do it anyway, smile anyway. I like the idea of living well, regardless of the circumastances.

The below ‘commandments’ were written in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders, and as far as 40 year old advice goes – I appreciate it. In light of yesterday, and even today’s, crazy level of busy at work, I wanted to share with you all today.

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.

-Kent M. Keith

Happy Friday.



This is the eleventh post in a series, 31 Days of 6 a.m. To see a list of all posts from the month of October, click here. If you would like to have these posts delivered directly to you, enter your email address in the form located at the top right of the home page.




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2 responses to “#31Days: Day Eleven (or, the day of paradox)

  1. Maria Francis

    Truth ! Wise young one!

    Sent from my iPhone

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