Words To Live By

The school year is coming to an end and graduations come with it.  Graduations from high school and college are milestones that are normally celebrated with words from either a guest speaker, the class Valedictorian or both.  And perhaps it’s because graduations have historically taken place in late May and early June that June is known as the traditional month for weddings.  I guess in years past (many years it seems like) girls finished school and immediately got married which meant June brides.  Whatever the case may be wedding ceremonies follow similar traditions as commencement exercises do and usually have a sermon (or homily) for the couple to give them words to live by in this new chapter of life they are embarking on.  Funny thing, the words spoken at life cycle events such as graduations and weddings have meaning for all those listening – not just the bride and groom or the graduate.  Just last May my niece got married and her grandfather was the officiating minister.  Reverend McAden’s words for Britney and Tim touched me so much that I used them in my blog post, The Sacredness of Home.   I believe that his words laid a great foundation for Britney and Tim and would for any young couple beginning a life together.  If you haven’t read this post, I encourage you to read it and absorb his words.  He truly speaks to what a home is made of.

This June I have a niece and a nephew graduating from high school.  And, I have a wonderful couple B&A Interiors is working with in rehabbing their new home in Uptown Charlotte planning to get married.  Don’t ask me why, but they are rehabbing, moving and getting married all at the same time.  In fact, they just moved into their new digs this past weekend and are getting married on June 9th.  Talk about stress!  Anyway, I came upon a message this morning in a blog that I read that really stayed with me.  Honestly, I cannot think of more fitting words to say to my niece, my nephew and my clients than those I read this morning.  They are such simple words from a powerful woman, Mother Teresa.  I truly believe that if Ciara, Carl, Katie and Seth grasp these words and choose to live by them, their lives will be wonderfully rich.  And if every one of us would also grasp these words and choose to live by them, well heck – we’d be a world absolutely, positively living in perfect harmony. So for Ciara, Carl, Katie, Seth and all of you out there, here are some powerfully simple words to live by…

 

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.


To living with intention…

 

Look for upcoming posts on the rehab of Katie and Seth’s home.  What an incredible transformation!