While listening to a fantastic personal development audio this evening, I was particularly blessed by a poem on the cd that hit close to home. You see, sometimes in life, people with access to a person’s softer side take advantage of that and inflict harm – whether intentionally or unintentionally. It’s kind of like we’re all porcupines and we poke each other when we get too close, as if you know it’s coming… What is sad to me, is when it happens over a period of time, it creates a destructive habit and it can damage relationships such as marriage, family or friendships. I recommend guarding the space around your softer side and guard against giving “all access” to the “porcupine people” in your life. Come what may, we are the gatekeepers of our destiny and have full control over our attitude and our response to anything that hits us.
Here is a beautiful poem from Mother Teresa to shed more light on a winning attitude.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, 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 unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. ~Mother Teresa
The quest to do it anyway, will require courage. It will require integrity. It will require humility. It will be a fierce battle of the mind. You can do it. While I have a long way to go — I’ve learned to do it by becoming a product of the LIFE Leadership system. In the end EVERYTHING rises and falls on leadership. Here’s a great soundtrack on living a principled life and walking in faithful courage. Enjoy.