There’s a prayer associated with Mother Teresa that speaks of doing right and good things “anyway”, even if they are not always understood, appreciated or successful. She is speaking of people not getting what a person is doing or perhaps even destroying it but that if it’s the right thing to do “do it anyway”.
Though, slightly off the point, these words are with me this weekend. I know that many people in the parish – Kilkelly, Glann, Urlaur and Kilmovee, have worked hard in recent weeks to prepare for events this weekend. The events are very much weather dependant and the weather, we are told, does not seem to be obliging. So what of the Kilkelly Festival Day? Urlaur Pattern? Cemetery Masses? They may or may not work out as planned but it’s vital that all those involved in their planning remember they acted in good faith and with a strong community spirit. As they look to the skies, check apps on smartphones, listen to Evelyn Cusack or the “Man from New Zealand”, they might be inclined to wonder, “why did we bother?” The answer lies in it being the right thing to do. Full credit to all who give so freely of their time and skills to plan and prepare. You did the “right thing” – even in the uncertainty of an Irish Summer, “DO IT ANYWAY”.
Who knows, it might all work out the finest yet? Sligo beating Tyrone in Croke Park would be a good start …. We’ll see how it goes from there:)
In her poem, having encouraged people to do the right thing even when it doesn’t work out, Mother Teresa concludes:
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 your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
Martina McBride has a lovely song along the same lines … so enjoy the tune and the video too!