If you are kind, people
may accuse you of selfish,
ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway. . .

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
Build 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 was never between you and them anyway.

Kent M. Keith, The Exquisite Risk by Mark Nepo