Posts Tagged ‘Paradoxical Commandments’

Nobody Need Wait a Single Moment

October 2, 2010

When I was a kid, I thought that people were good and kind and that anybody who treated others poorly was the exception, not the rule. I was naive.

Now that I’m grown up, I see that my glasses had a bit too much rose-colored tint to them. But I’m still naive and I like it that way. I still believe that people are essentially good and kind, and that they especially tend to act that way when others are in need of help.

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September 23, 2008


Kent M. Keith

At a Rotary Club meeting in 1997, a member stood up and declared that he would like to honor the recently deceased Mother Teresa by reading a poem she had written called Anyway.

Fellow Rotarian Kent Keith bowed his head in contemplation, and was astonished when he recognized the poem as a version of The Paradoxical Commandments, which he himself had authored back in 1968 at the age of nineteen in a book for student leaders. As Keith himself writes:

“I went up after the meeting and asked him where he got the poem. He said it was in a book about Mother Teresa, but he couldn’t remember the title. So the next night I went to a bookstore and started looking through the shelf of books about the life and works of Mother Teresa. I found it, on the last page before the appendices in Mother Teresa: A Simple Path. The Paradoxical Commandments had been reformatted to look like a poem, and they had been retitled “Anyway.” There was no author listed, but at the bottom of the page, it said: “From a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the children’s home in Calcutta.”