I’m not much of a poet. But I came across a Mother Theresa poem and repurposed it to the Scout Law for my son’s Eagle Court of Honor. Came out nice. Thoughts worth sharing:
Paraphrased from a quote from Mother Theresa:
People will often have little faith in you. Be trustworthy anyway.
If you are loyal, you may get rewarded with treachery. Be loyal anyway.
If you help someone, they may think you are looking for something in return. Be helpful anyway.
Your friendliness may be met with anger. Be friendly anyway.
If you are courteous, people may think you are old-fashioned. Be courteous anyway.
If you are kind, people may think you have ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
Your peers will pressure you to be disobedient. Be obedient anyway.
Cheerfulness is no guarantee of a warm reception. Be cheerful anyway.
The world is too wasteful. Be thrifty anyway.
Cowardice requires nothing of you. Be brave anyway.
No one sees dirt in your thoughts. Be clean anyway.
If you are religious, people will call you a zealot, a do-gooder, a bigot, or worse. Be reverent anyway.
For, you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.