Have you ever felt as if the whole world is upside down? Criminals have more rights than law abiding citizens, illegal aliens and welfare recipients pay no taxes but receive benefits derived directly from taxpayer dollars. Celebrities are made of individuals exhibiting deviant behavior, equal opportunity penalizes the qualified, irresponsible behavior receives financing, speculation and opinions matter have a larger following than do facts or truth. To see the world correctly one must stand on their head.
It’s easy to throw in with the ways of the world, but it is laudable to hold on to your principles and morals. For once we lose our principles and morals what is left? This question brings me to a poem written by Dr. Kent M. Keith and made more popular by Mother Teresa. There are two lines added and credited to Mother Teresa. I have noted them with an (*) asterisk. I hope you not only enjoy this poem but, more importantly draw strength and encouragement from its wisdom.
The Paradoxical Commandments
By Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are often unreasonable, illogical, 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 false friends and true enemies;
The good you do today, people will often forget 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 top dogs; Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight;
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them;
Help people anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, people may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.*
Give the world the best you have, and you’ll get kicked in the teeth;
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.*
Tonight, at 7:30 Chaz Mechenbier and Hangtime will perform at the fountain square. The event includes a griller special by Michael Anthony’s and craft beers by Moeller’s Brew Barn. In the event of inclement weather the performance will be moved to St. Denis’ basement. Next week’s entertainment will be held on Sunday, July 16, by Deron Bell and the Jazz for you Band.
The Versailles Community Garage Sale will be Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28. The event is a fundraiser for the Versailles Modern Mothers to register your garage sale pick up a form at the Library, Village Office or Johns IGA.
Happy birthday Denver Toner, Richard Coffield, Roberta Grisez, Elise Myers (6), Aiden Myers (9), Eric Rhoades, Mark Francis, Andy Ingle, Carrie Behlke, Mitch Arnett, Maci Lewis, Trevor Noggle, Brendon Berning, A.J. Magoto, Zachary Bartrum, Kevin Yagle, Pastor Laura Shreffler, Linda Meyer, Linda Cassel, Eric Miller, Sharon Deschambeau, Beth Keihl, Michelle Bradham, Eli Holzapfel, Mona Lou Blakeley, Jennifer Stewart, Steve Broerman, Stacy Yagle, Lori Hemmelgarn, Scott Gerling, Cynthia Vogel, Kathy Pinchot, Mark Pleiman, Tricia McConnaughey, Donna Kissinger, Sharon DeWeese, Kelly Dapore, Marilyn Monnin, Kim Custenborder, Jack Monnin, Patti Gerling, Jan Turner, Kay Sanders, Keith Rawlins, Ralph Dapore, Sharon Henry, Dan Smith, Shelley Kaiser, Stacie Dirksen and Patty Jenkinson as their birthdays approach. Anniversary wishes to Kristine and Brian Happy (10), Megan and Wes Subler (10), Sandy and Tony Rose (24), Kate and Harry Bruns (40), Sheila and Ivan Christian (40), Barb and Doug Shappie (44), Shirley and Robert Magoteaux (47), Kay and Paul Dapore (52) and Merilyn and Ed Borchers (55). Retirement wishes to Terry Barga.
Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Karen Schultz (knee replacement), Irene Gehret (hip), Ron Mescher (knee replacement), John Henry (physical therapy), Judy York, Zachary Browder, Bill Luthman, Amanda Danheim, Theresa Borgerding, Theresa Buteau, Chris Apple, Miriam Harman, Jack Monnin, Mary Batty, Norma Magoto, Anne Schmitz, Donna and Terry Black, Connie Ecabert, Wanda and Joe Bailey, Betty Kremer, Dan Roseberry, Denny Grilliot, Tony Gehret, Beverly Brown, Linda Kendinger, Harold Langston, Sr., Julie Keihl, Joan Magoto, Jeanne Brandon, Rosie Pearson, Virginia Smith, John Subler, Mary Barga, Anabelle Subler, Julia Billenstein, Merilyn Borchers, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Jack Borgerding, Dan Monnin, Lois Youngker, Barb Goubeaux, Cyril Frantz, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Samantha Smith, Brian Voisard, and all those not mentioned by name who are recuperating, ailing, suffering, hospitalized, homebound and/or in need of our prayers and their caregivers.
Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Tracy Bailey (36), George Gigandet (79), Don Geise, Sr. (84), and also remembering the lives of Freda Banks, Jessica Back, Todd Magoto, Gary Smith, Harry Dahlinghaus, Martin Waldren, Francis Shappie, Doris Hoying, Edward
Schulze, Esther Bulcher, Joshua Francis, Tom Batty, Norma Purpus, Sue North, David McMaken, Ruthanna Oliver, Bill Custenborder, Paul Ahlers, Ken Schafer, Riley Brandon, Wally Pleiman, Dorthea Shappie, Tom Cordonnier, Tom Batty, Glenn Kueterman and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recently passing.
“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” ~Plato
“A system of morality that is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception that has nothing sound in it and nothing true.” ~Socrates
“Do what’s right, not what’s easy. When in doubt do the opposite of what is popular.” ~C. Edwards
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.