The Paradoxical Commandments and making your life make a difference
by Jacquie Wise
Living a worthwhile life that makes a positive difference to the world means running your life according to higher values.
It helps to have a clear personal code to live by. Adapt this code to your own aspirations and wording.
In 1968, Kent M. Keith wrote ‘The Paradoxical Commandments.’ He modernised the wording in 2001.
1 People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centred.
Love them anyway.
2 If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives
Do good anyway.
3 If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
4 The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
5 Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
6 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.
7 People favour underdogs but only follow top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
8 What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
9 People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
10 Give the best you have, and you could get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
In the final analysis, it’s between you and your conscience. It was never between you and them anyway.
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