Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious,
do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
--A Quote from Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa was an
Albanian Catholic nun with
Indian citizenship who founded
the Missionaries of Charity
in Calcutta India in 1950.
For over 45 years she
ministered to the poor, sick,
orphaned, and dying, while guiding
the Missionaries of Charity's
expansion, first throughout India
and then in other countries.
Following her death,
she was beatified by
Pope John Paul II
and given the title
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
By the 1970s, she was
internationally famed as a
humanitarian and advocate
for the poor and helpless.
She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979
and India's highest civilian honour,
the Bharat Ratna,in 1980
for her humanitarian work.
Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity
continued to expand, and at the time
of her death it was operating
610 missions in 123 countries,
including hospices and homes for
people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy
and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's
and family counselling programs,
orphanages, and schools.
Even though Mother Teresa was
praised for the work she accomplished
with the down trodden of this world,
she was also subjected to huge amounts of
criticism from various groups and organizations
that were against the focus of her work!
She was against abortion and contraception
and she believed in the spiritual goodness
of poverty and alleged baptisms of the dying.
Many medical journals also criticised the standard
of medical care in her hospices and concerns
were raised about the opaque nature in which
donated money was spent.
Who could critize such a kind, spiritual woman,
who practiced the perfect example of
"unconditional Love" towards everyone she meet?
I now understand why this poem, the
Paradoxical Commandments by Kent Keith
is on a plaque outside of the orphanage at Calcutta...
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.
"The Paradoxical Commandments" by Kent Keith
****JUSTY MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS***
How many of us throw up our hands and quit
when times get too tough because we
cannot endure the harsh criticism of others?
The hardest thing in the world, when you are
burdened with a heavy load, is to do GOOD anyway!!
When I am down, I am consumed with
only thoughts of myself and my suffering!
It has been a struggle my whole life
NOT to let my thoughts gain complete
control over my emotions! Slowly,
I discovered that the more you do for others--
the more you do for yourself!
This past year, if it had not been
for this blog and all of the wonderful
people who contact me daily with so many
kind words, I might have drown in my
own misery! But... I knew that it would
be of no benefit no anyone if I gave
in to that kind of thinking, so
here I am making altered art,
blogging, and enjoying life everyday!!!!
Yes , I battle depression on a daily
basis but I also have a beautiful family
with four healthy children and a
wonderful loving husband!
Plus, a Heavenly Father who does give
me relief from my "dark days"!
Hey, I'm no saint...but all I can do
is try to give it my best! Right?
I am sure that Mother Teresa could
have let the horrible contentions of other
people get in her way of what she
strongly felt she was lead by God
to do for others! She could have
given in to the persecution,
depression, and frustrations she felt
daily but she didn't...she got up every
morning and left "self at the doorstep"
and extended her hands out
to anyone who was in need !
A letter that Mother teresa wrote
to Father Gerard Rogowski
I've been told that death, disease,
and poverty smells...
it isn't pleasant...
it's something we all avoid!
But this tiny, little woman
went into the dirty streets of Calcutta,
in search of death, Leprosy, Aids, T.B.,
orphans, drug addicts, and alcoholics.
Statue of Mother Teresa in her hometown of Albania
How many streets in other countries
did she walk through filth
to "seek and to find" the ones
she knew that needed
her care and God's love!
Her strength and courage amaze ]
me, and yet, at the same time,
make me ashamed of what little I
actually do for others.
A Statue of Mother Teresa in Mexico
She has been quoted as saying:
"If you cannot feed a million
people, then feed just one!"
I'm going to keep that in mind!
Memorial Plaque to Mother Teresa
Spread love everywhere you go;
first of all in your house.
Give love to your children,
to your wife or husband,
to a next door neighbor.
Let no one ever come to you without
better and happier.
Be the living expression of God's kindness;
kindness in your face,
kindness in your eyes,
kindness in your smile.
Our Lord wants me to be a free nun
covered with the poverty of the cross.
Today I learned a good lesson.
The poverty of the poor must be so
hard for them. While looking for a home
I walked and walked till my arms
and legs ached. I thought how much they
must ache in body and soul,
looking for a home, food and health.
I was to leave the convent and help
the poor while living among them.
It was an order. To fail would have been
to break the faith.
Kind words are short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
We can do no great things;
only small things with great love.
We need to find God,
and he cannot be found in
noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature -
trees, flowers, grass -
grows in silence;
see the stars,
the moon and the sun,
how they move in silence…
We need silence to be
able to touch souls.
We, the unwilling,
led by the unknowing,
are doing the impossible
for the ungrateful.
We have done so much,
for so long,
with so little,
we are now qualified
to do anything
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