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February 20, 2006

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Adrien Neely

Mr. Keith, I really enjoy your writings. They have been very inspirational to me ... and, I love to share them with others. Looking forward to the day when you can get to Atlanta to speak. We would be honored to help sponsor or host your visit. I am looking into a venue, costs, etc. God Bless you and yours, today ... and, always!

Adrien M. Neely, Life & Career Coach

Gail Pursell Elliott, "The Dignity and Respect Lady"

Hi Kent ..
I have a slightly different perspective on the "final analysis" lines. I don't see them as recommending writing people off, giving up, or ignoring others - although I see your point in how this might be misinterpreted.

I find them to be a helpful reminder to not react to what someone else might do and to remember that what we think, say, and do regardless of the cirucumstances of our lives, are choices we make that are between us and God.

Of course I tend to be a "closet Christian mystic" so perhaps that has a lot to do with my interpretation. :)

Glad you have put this blog together. I admire the work that you do and have done.

Blessings - Gail

Ralph Bormet

Dr. Kent M. Keith:
In the final anlysis, God expects you to love unconditionally, anyway.
Ralph Bormet

mitch

testing

Jayashree Prasad, Manipal.

I had first read the "anyway" poem on a hospital -wall, here in India (ten years ago), when my husband pointed it out to me. It said Author:Anonymous. Today, while happening to use the net, I accidently got to know that those are the ten paradoxial commandments by Dr. Keith. I read more about Dr. Keith as well as his writings. It was interesting to learn that Mother Theresa had got these commandments inscribed in one of her orphanages! And many think that the "anyway" poem is by Mother Theresa!! If these commandments should have touched a great soul like Mother, imagine the depth and reality of these statements! What an impact! Truly mind boggling!!

Cloud Starchaser

Hey Keith:

I was thinking about what you said, but if it is between you and others and the others return your kindness with hatred, what kind of a life is that? Then your life is futile.

Sometimes it's important to turn to God in the final analysis because otherwise you'll feel like a fool for trying to do positive things in a world that doesn't care.

That's the importance of the spiritual world: to give us a foundation for acting in the way we think is right when the real world doesn't always pan out so well.

Most of the time truly good people LOSE: Jesus was tortured and executed, Gandhi was murdered, Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered, Socrates was executed: good people always get killed by the fools and the evil ones.

Without God their struggles are meaningless. Sure maybe Jesus brought hope to others after he died but he died miserable and having been sold out by those he cared about.

We need God to make the story happy, because the reality of what really happened to Jesus is miserable and horrifying.

I mean if you don't have God, Jesus was a good person who was murdered in a vicious manner for bringing enlightenment to mankind because that's how people react to great men. This is the true nature of reality: meaningless horror. And God exists to reverse that.

Dorothy

I don't quite understand why you believe it is not Christian: It is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
I interrupt this phrase means that you should do GOOD and like the song, " He'll Understand & Say Well Done. "If when you give the best of your service, telling the world that savior has come, be not dismayed when man do not believe you, He'll understand and say well done." Thus no matter how much our good efforts are scorned and unappreciated and appear to be failures by others, God will say "WELL DONE" How we treat others is between us and God. It doesn't matter how they treat us in return, God knows we did what he taught us to do. In the final analysis God is our judge, not mankind.

Kent Keith

My thanks to Gail, Ralph, and Dorothy for their comments on the "final analysis" lines. I am encouraged by your interpretations! I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts.

Keep living the Paradoxical Life!

Kent

Donna

I'm with Gail. I think your interpretation is a little off on the final analysis. I personally see this as don't let the critics of how you believe get to you. "I" have the relationship with God. "They" cannot tell me how "I" connect with God. "They" don't know what or how "I" pray. "I" will not be controlled by "them", the fanatics, and I will do good.

Thank you for the commandments and how a blessing it must feel like to have a great soul like Mother Theresa to think so much of them.

Kevin Gagnon

Hello Keith,

I haven't read your books yet, as I only came across them yesterday March 17, 2007 at the Chapters here in Northern, Ontario Canada.

The only book they had was the Jesus Did it anyway. Although I am anxiously wanting to read that one as well, I decided to wait to get the original ones you wrote and start from there.

I also wanted to let you know that I plan on opening an all Organic Fair-Trade coffee shop here, and will be selecting wall art. The Paradoxical Commandments will most deffinately be mounted on the wall. I may contact you in the near future about stocking the framed posters for sale in the store. Not for profit, just to get it out there and help make a difference. I may even consider the mugs if that doesn't infringe on any laws and rules you may have with the copyright.

Thanks for your time.

Kevin Gagnon

Mariana Pestana

Thank you for helping other people.
I liked very much our organization

Michael from Israel

Dear Dr. Keith,
These commandments were truly a deep eye opener for me. An amazing, concise way to direct your life into the right timless perspective. The firt time I heard them, cited by Wayne dyer in one of his tapes, I just cried, out of the sheer stunning truth they expressed. A feeling that I knew this truth all along and now finally it was put in the most clear way to me. The discussion above shows that we actually agree about the commandments, regardless of whether the final analysis lines are included or not. I personally feel a need to add them, for the reasons mentioned by others here. I truly believe that you gave a real gift to humanity in these commandments.
To live, daily, moment by moment according to these commandments is so hard at times! How do you do it, how do you regulate it, how do you make it a part of your nature and existence? where and how to atart and how to endure? why does it seem so hard at times, as if something in my nature pushes me to the opposite actions and reactions? I would be grateful for your advice as to the building blocks, the really important can't do without ingredients in your opinion, of materializing the spirit of your words.

Dan

When it says that "It was never between you and them anyway" it means that the love you give is not conditional with the reactions of others but its something that comes out of your heart because of your love and devotion to Jesus.

nina martins

To me, the last sentence says: " My one and only loyalty lies in being true to the God/Christ within. And when I am that - I truly love and care for my human sisters and brothers."
So, loving "them" anyway means for me to see God in them: and thus "it is between God and me."

nina martins

To me, the last sentence says: " My one and only loyalty lies in being true to the God/Christ within. And when I am that - I truly love and care for my human sisters and brothers."
So, loving "them" anyway means for me to see God in them: and thus "it is between God and me."

Silly Pat

Hello Dr. Keith

To me, the last two lines means that you're accountable only to God. You should not give up on people simply because they've returned love with hate, but you should keep on loving them anyway. This is a very important thing to remember.

Thank you for your lovely sayings. I'll post them up on my blog, and if you object, please let me know and I'll take them off.

Sincerely
Pat

Bob Sanders

I feel Tired
-Work hard anyway
There are too many things/people demanding my time and attention
- Focus on the most important task anyway
What I'm doing is boring and repetitive
- Concentrate on doing a good job anyway
No one will notice if I "slack off"
- God will and it is HIM you are ultimately working for ANYWAY!

Suzanne

I was reminded of these commandments, which I had first attributed to Mother Teresa, at a Roches concert where they sang songs from their Zero Church album including Anyway. I have never felt the last lines implied that you had to discount others, in fact the exact opposite. God expects you to love and respect others despite how hard you feel it can be.

Regardless, the Paradoxical Commandments are on my bulletin board at work (properly attributed after attending the Roches concert) and it serves as inspiration to my staff who humbly and selflessly serves the homeless. Thank you for this gift!

s kelso

Hi,
I teach at a school for substance abusing teenage boys between the ages of 14-18 yrs.
I have posted your original version at my home, in my school room, and in my heart. The last two lines of that version make the whole rest of the commandments seem possible, because doing what God asks with His help and allowing him to keep score is what enables us to love our brothers unconditionally. Your new version probably markets better because you left God out of it, but without spiritual maturity and growth through faith, your commandments are not possible to achieve or even possible to understand, given their paradoxes. Wasn't that your point when you named them? Your revised version doesn't hold the same powerful message for me that the original did, especially the part about getting "kicked in the teeth." The world doesn't always kick us in the teeth. Sometimes it rewards us, but that can't be our motivation for doing the right thing. We must be motivated to do the right thing because we believe in some greater good, some greater purpose that isn't about personal glory or reward. Without a faith in God (however one defines that entity)that prerequisite altruism is not possible. That's why for my money the original version, which doesn't leave out God, carves the freezer burn off of my heart and reminds me of what it's really all about. Having said that, would you please create some more posters,plaques, etc. with the original version on them.
Thanks for your wonderful inspiration,
S. Kelso

I first came across the Ten Commandments, a few days after Mother Teresa passed away. She died soon after Lady Diana died and I did not think Mother Teresa got enough coverage worldwide. That set me searching on Mother Teresa.

Having read comments from 2007, I would like to say that (in my opinion) the last two lines of Mother Teresa’s agree with Kent Keith’s Commandments. In that, I understood, never stop at doing good for others. It matters none if others refute consciously or unconsciously what you do for others, keep up with the good work. I understood ‘them’ to be those who are against you. ‘Ignore’ them in order to help others. First, you can only help those who want to be helped. Secondly, you do need to ‘ignore’ some people to be able to be what you have to do for others. There is good and bad on this earth. We have to learn to walk away from those who can destroy us. Once damaged or destroyed, we can do even less after that. Thirdly I have noticed that each time I have considered every one’s feelings, I have not done a good job of helping others. I have merely diluted my help and redistributed unequally. They have their own path of learning. I don’t mean acquiring knowledge. We must learn to balance our mundane and spiritual life.

Yes, some of the good people have died too early, some of the lessons left behind can never be found in another era.

And to finish off, from a personal point… I learnt from when I was a little girl…that Lord Krishna or Lord Jesus is my higher self. ‘God’ represents my better self, the self that I can be true to…


‘Do good anyway’ should not make anyone doormats. Know our limitations.

In the last year, here is what I have learnt:


1. Be fair to yourself and others will be fair to you. It creates positive attitude for us and our immediate world.

2. Learn to say no every now and again to others, it is fair to them. We need to help others in a way that they learn to help themselves. They owe it to their own lives.

3. Say little and others will want to listen and know more. Teach others to listen and open a world of communication that will lead to a healthier life for you and family and friends. They are our immediate world.

4. Have respect for you and it will speak volumes on your behalf. If you project respect, every one will learn to not be familiar and take you for granted. In that, they are contributing in helping you to continue the good work that you are willingly offering to others.

5. We all can unlearn, it is empowering and foremost liberating for the soul. The process of unlearning is painful and can be devastating, however learn to unlearn one thing one day at a time. A healthy mind will evoke healthy thoughts for us. In more ways than one, we are all facilitators of learning… we just are not aware of it.

6. Helping others on the way is a good thing as long we know our limitations. With the little we give, we teach others the power of trust. Trust that life will be fine.

All I say today comes from within and from my life. I lead my life in my usual humble way, despite hard knocks from others and life. I now ‘ignore them’ to do a better job for others. And I always thank Lord Jesus and Lord Krishna for giving me an opportunity to think of others. Be good…

Krishnaveni

I first came across the Ten Commandments, a few days after Mother Teresa passed away. She died soon after Lady Diana died and I did not think Mother Teresa got enough coverage worldwide. That set me searching on Mother Teresa.

Having read earlier comments, I would like to say that (in my opinion) the last two lines of Mother Teresa’s agree with Kent Keith’s Commandments. In that, I understood, never stop at doing good for others. It matters none if others refute consciously or unconsciously what you do for others, keep up with the good work. I understood ‘them’ to be those who are against you. ‘Ignore’ them in order to help others. No other human should stop form doing good. First, you can only help those who want to be helped. Secondly, you do need to ‘ignore’ some people to be able to be what you have to do for others. There is good and bad on this earth. We have to learn to walk away from those who can destroy us. Once damaged or destroyed, we can do even less after that. Thirdly I have noticed that each time I have considered every one’s feelings, I have not done a good job of helping others. I have merely diluted my help and redistributed unequally. They have their own path of learning. I don’t mean acquiring knowledge. We must learn to balance our mundane and spiritual life.

Yes, some of the good people have died too early, some of the lessons left behind can never be found in another era.

And to finish off, from a personal point… I learnt from when I was a little girl…that Lord Krishna or Lord Jesus is my higher self. ‘God’ represents my better self, the self that I can be true to…

‘Do good anyway’ should not make anyone doormats. Know our limitations.

In the last year, here is what I have learnt:

1. Be fair to yourself and others will be fair to you. It creates positive attitude for us and our immediate world.

2. Learn to say no every now and again to others, it is fair to them. We need to help others in a way that they learn to help themselves. They owe it to their own lives.

3. Say little and others will want to listen and know more. Teach others to listen and open a world of communication that will lead to a healthier life for you and family and friends. They are our immediate world.

4. Have respect for you and it will speak volumes on your behalf. If you project respect, every one will learn to not be familiar and take you for granted. In that, they are contributing in helping you to continue the good work that you are willingly offering to others.

5. We all can unlearn, it is empowering and foremost liberating for the soul. The process of unlearning is painful and can be devastating, however learn to unlearn one thing one day at a time. A healthy mind will evoke healthy thoughts for us. In more ways than one, we are all facilitators of learning… we just are not aware of it.

6. Helping others on the way is a good thing as long we know our limitations. With the little we give, we teach others the power of trust. Trust that life will be fine.

All I say today comes from within and from my life. I lead my life in my usual humble way, despite hard knocks from others and life. I now ‘ignore them’ to do a better job for others. And I always thank Lord Jesus and Lord Krishna for giving me an opportunity to think of others. Be good…

Kent Keith's Ten Commandments and Mother Teresa's version... all an inspiration. If we can draw one or two lessons and incorporate in in our every day life, we are truly blessed.

Blessings to You All,

Krishnaveni

San

Hi,

I was so inspired by the quotes, Thanks to you Kent at the same time when I first read 'Final Analysis' it was those last two lines gave the perfect ending for the rest of amazing paradoxical quotes, the whole poem gets completed and inspires very much, otherwise skipping that part seems endless or often left out poetry, in fact one can keep adding like Bob Sanders above :-) and honestly reading God and ourselves in those final lines reaches places within so deeply...

Santhosh

Gail Pursell Elliott, The Dignity and Respect Lady

Hi again Kent,

I especially like another of your phrases: If you're not giving the world the best you have, what world are you saving it for?

This speaks to me of personal dignity and self respect, which is what the rest of the commandments speak of also. One of the greatest challenges any of us has in life is to have the courage to be ourselves.

Blessings and hope all is well with you and yours,
Gail

Lisa Ellis

JUST READ "ANYWAY" FOR THE FIRST TIME AT SPRINGTIME IN THE COUNTRY-VERY BEAUTIFUL-WANT TO EMAIL TO EVERYBODY SO EVERYONE ELSE LEARNS OF IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey You
Good stuff, It might just work, although it seems easier when you have a plan.
What do you know about consequence?
Bye

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