When I worked in an office in the 80’s and early part of the 90’s I had this poem hanging on the bulletin board. Someone (Mary sticks in my mind, but not sure.) gave it to me. It was titled, Anyway. I liked it. I stuck it up on the BB. My copy had no author of the poem. I still have that original now all dog-eared and crumpled copy.

Several months ago, through the magic and beauty of the internet, that gigantic office bulletin board and library floating in outer-space, I stumbled across this poem again. This site attributed authorship of the poem to Mother Teresa, truly the only true saint I have known of  in my lifetime.

At that time, I could not find proof that Mother Teresa truly was the author. So I put it in my “To Do” folder. Computers are truly magical things. Now instead of having 23 loose pieces of paper all over my desk with “To Do” hand-written on them,  I have one folder with about 342 files in it of things I want “To Do.”

The other day I was searching for something else entirely on the internet and as usual my search terms were not exactly precise. So guess what pops up? A site that tells me who the real author of this poem is.

Gotta love the Internet.

The real author is Kent M. Keith and the actual title of the poem is, The Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership. It was a favorite of Mother Teresa’s and was found hanging in her room. Having the same poem hanging in a room will be the only similarity I ever have to any saint.

The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

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.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

 Featured Recipe                Asparagus Vinaigrette 

I am jumping the season here. But I couldn’t help myself.  After all, it was 60 degrees and sunny today, so I can be forgiven for thinking it was a cool summer’s day. Right?

And I am only too well aware what I have written many times here on this very blog about buying fresh fruits and vegetables in season.  I also know I have often said try to get fresh fruits and vegetables grown as close to home as possible.

Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea Maxima culpa!!

I just couldn’t help myself. I saw the asparagus in the store display. It looked so green. It smelled of summer. I had to have it. I just did!

And I am not the least bit sorry, the Latin phrases above not withstanding. Not sorry one little bit.

The asparagus by the way is from Peru. It was delicious!

You can use this as a side dish or as a salad.

This is what you will need for 3-4 people: 

1 bunch of asparagus 

Dressing Ingredients 

4 tablespoons olive oil 

1 teaspoon wine vinegar* 

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon chopped shallots 

½ teaspoon minced parsley 

Here is what you do: 

Cut the woody ends off of the aspapragus. 


Steam the asparagus till crisp tender. (I do this in the microwave. You can do it on the stove in a steamer basket.) 

Mince the shallots and parsley. 


Now assemble all of the dressing ingredients in a small jar with a lid. 


Shake the dressing well, and pour over the asparagus. Serve at room temperature. 

Now wasn’t that easy?

Bon appétit!!!


1 bunch of asparagus                       $3.29 

4 tablespoons olive oil                      $0.70 

1 teaspoon wine vinegar                   $0.05 

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard                 $0.02

1 teaspoon chopped shallots             $0.18 

½ teaspoon minced parsley              $0.05 

Total Cost = 4.29
Cost per person for 3 people = $1.43

Recipe adapted for 3-4 people from Cooking for One Is Fun by Henry Lewis Creel; Times Books, 1976.

Quote of the Day 

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.     

Dalai Lama 


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1 comment to Anyway

  • I love the poem. Be yourself and don’t allow others to drag you down. I, too, love asparagus and can relate to your ‘splurge’! Looks lovely 🙂