I typically would be posting photos of our Professional Development program (PDP) graduation ceremony that happened yesterday but there are many other things swirling around. So much to do, so little time. I will do the photos tomorrow because it was quite a major event for my ten students. Today, we will have a final St. Patrick’s Day party in our classroom and we will reminisce the good times we all had the last 20 weeks together of our course work.
For now I am posting something that was given to me from an American friend who is teaching here in Astana. I think it is appropriate given our work situation in a foreign land such as Kazakhstan. Not easy for expats to live and work in this great land, but then again it is not easy for Kazakhs and Kazakhstanis either. These words are keepers because I KNOW it works in Kazakhstan!
This version was found written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, other could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.