Do It Anyway

By Cheryl Mahoney

On our founder’s blog, Living and Giving, we recently featured a poem titled “Do It Anyway.”  Everything may not turn out perfectly when you try to do good…but do it 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.”

And so on.  It’s a beautiful poem, and you can read it in its entirety here.  In working with it, I discovered that the story behind the poem was nearly as interesting as the poem itself.

If you put “Do It Anyway” into Google (or GoodSearch.com), you will most likely find it attributed to Mother Teresa.  If you happen across a certain New York Times article, however, you’ll discover a more complicated story.  Kent M. Keith wrote “The Paradoxical Commandments” as a college student in 1968.   He self-published…

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