Do Good Anyway

Zero Church, by The Roches

Today I share with you a song from one of my favorite CD’s, Zero Church by The Roches.  While I’m not a religious person by any means, this album earned a permanent place in my CD collection with its honesty and simplicity.

The song “Anyway” is one of my favorites on the album.  It is based on a poem that was supposedly written by Mother Theresa; although there’s no proof that she’s the actual author.  It talks about forgiveness, kindness, and giving the world the best version of you.  At a time when I thought I couldn’t sink any lower, this song helped raise my spirits…and is one of the few songs that I can say has changed my life.


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.

And 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, it may never be enough;

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You’ll see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;

It was never between you and them anyway.

Come back every Tuesday for “The Bees Knees”, where I post the best quotes from my favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

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