People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love and trust them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of having selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway .
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway .
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway .
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men with the smallest minds. Think big anyway .
People favor underdogs, but follow the top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway .
Give the world your best you have and. . . Give the world your best anyway .
-Dempsy Byrd, Hearsight,
(publication of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind)
NOETIC SCIENCES REVIEW SPRING 1998