Dr. Kent M. Keith penned 10 statements that truly affected me when I first read them more than 15 years ago. People are a double-edged reality. We experience love and good from people, but we also experience pain and darkness from people.
I have encountered too many people who have given up on their dreams and goals because the "people-realty" has left them disillusioned, discouraged and depressed!
When we allow other people to control how we feel about ourselves, or if we allow the words and actions of others to cripple, defeat, or destroy the dreams in our hearts, we miss out on the purpose that we actually are alive on this planet at this time!
I have never been one who was okay with wasting or throwing away my life. To me my dreams are sacred, my time is valuable, and my emotional state belongs to God, not to others opinions.
Sometimes you need a positive and encouraging nudge. A divine infusion of faith, or a reminder of what we lose when we sell out, give up, or give in!
That is exactly what Dr. Keith's Paradoxical Commandments did, and do, for me! They are an infusion to keep on going…to breathe deeply…to forgive freely. If I do those things, my dreams and hopes will more readily become a reality that enhances my life and others!
I hope you enjoy these as much as I have.
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
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 and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.