For the last week or so the Mother Theresa poem titled “Do It Anyway” has been on my mind. I am not exactly sure why or what triggered it, but it did inspire me to read it to my class. They had not heard it before and I believe it is a powerful and inspiring message as well as a call to action.
If you have not heard it before or read it recently, you can Google it, but it starts with “People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.” There are ten of these in the poem. In the last few months of my full time career, I was asked to speak on several occasions about lessons learned, reflections on my career, words of wisdom or some other related topic. I had given this a lot of thought as it was very humbling that people would think I had something important to share and that at least some people wanted to hear it!
After reading through Mother Theresa’s poem (and she definitely had something important to share), I decided to take a few of my lessons learned and put them in the same format. For whatever they are worth, here they are:
*Sometimes people do not want to hear what is in your heart. Share from your heart anyway.
*There are people in this world who make little or no attempt to add value to it. Add value anyway.
*You will often be tempted or encouraged to fight every battle that comes your way. Learn to lay down your arms anyway.
*When change is thrust upon you, your tendency may be to resist. Adapt to change quickly anyway.
*There will be days when you won’t feel like being easy to work with. Be easy to work with anyway.
*The world will want to define you, own you and mold you. Be authentic anyway.
It took me a long time to learn some of these lessons. Many are still a work in progress as are many more that I could have included here. Do It Anyway is a call to action at any age or life stage and in retirement, there is no other time to do it anyway than now.
A Boomer In Transition