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The Anyway Poem

The Poem
An extract from the Obama Threads – By Michelle

My name is Michelle and I support Barack Obama for President of the United States of America. I love this poem. I’m not sure who wrote it, although it has been credited to Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and a Harvard student who wishes to remain anonymous. No matter who is responsible, these are words that we and this campaign should live by.

American Flag The Anyway Poem

  • People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.
  • If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
  • If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.
  • If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
  • What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
  • If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
  • The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
  • Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
  • You see in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It is never between you and those people anyway.


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  1. This is such a fitting poem. Thank you for posting it on the blog, Michelle. And John, thank YOU for all you do for the Obama family. You’re a great asset to this campaign and good friend to all of us.

    Posted by Cami | March 27, 2008, 9:45 am
  2. John and Michelle,
    Thanks for that inspirational poem. It was the first bit of reading I’ve done since waking up. What a great way to start my morning!

    Posted by Feelin' rosy.... | March 27, 2008, 11:14 pm
  3. Thanks for the wonderful poem — it has been a favorite of mine for many years. Hear’s another positive thought for Sen. Obama and the campaign:

    “…we should also rejoice in our sufferings for we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, HOPE!” (Romans 5:3-4)

    God bless Barack Obama!!

    Posted by Carl Martin | March 28, 2008, 4:01 am
  4. Words of wisdom.

    Posted by Zach Lombardo | June 10, 2008, 2:06 pm
  5. Kent Keith wrote this poem in 1968

    Posted by dan vicker | November 27, 2008, 6:40 am
  6. The Poem “Anyway” was written by
    Mother Theresa!

    Posted by Jan | June 16, 2009, 5:16 pm
  7. John, Michelle, Carl.
    Raspberry, or grape with ice or without. Are you are you happier now?

    Posted by Bill63 | July 29, 2009, 6:19 am
  8. Dan Vicker is correct: Kent Keith wrote this poem when he was a Harvard Business student. His book, “Anyways: The Ten Paradoxical Commandments” outlines how the poem was created and why it is so often attributed to Mother Theresa (which he takes as a compliment!)

    Posted by Lynn C | April 27, 2012, 4:23 am
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