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If there had not been Love

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

Mother Teresa, quoted on facebook (poem by Kent M. Keith)


This poem points out that we encounter transience, frustration, and roadblocks here on earth, and it recommends that we act from our higher, eternal selves, in spite of earth’s challenges. It is between us and our higher selves, and we are all connected to each other and to God, according to near-death experiencers. Our souls chose some of our earthly challenges, in concert with other loving souls, some of whom agreed to be a thorn in our side during this lifetime, to help us learn and grow, according to Your Soul’s Plan by Rob Schwartz.


Before we come to earth, our souls have high hopes for our ability to rise above all the challenges of earth, and then we are born into the body of a helpless baby and forget most of our good intentions. Some very young children, as soon as they can talk, report they remember being in their mommy’s tummy, or deciding with a sibling who would come first, or recall details of past lives.


As we learn more about our eternal lives and who we really are, we remember that we are here to do good, no matter what others do.

“God, help me be true to my eternal higher self, the part of me directly connected to you, which knows that I am made of LOVE, by LOVE, for LOVE. Help me find the courage to carry LOVE into this world, in spite of its rejections. Help me to not withhold LOVE, no matter the provocation. Thank you, God. I love you.”

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