I recently read an article by Therese Orchards about the Paradoxical Commandments for the Depressed.
The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent Keith in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders. Since then they have made their way to lot of refrigerator doors, speeches, and articles. Mother Teresa hung them on the wall of her children’s home in Calcutta. Here are a few:
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.Love 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 false friends and true enemies.Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.Be good anyway.
Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable.Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.Build anyway.
People need help but will attack you if you help them.Help them anyway.
At the end of the article she adds a few of her own. I thought it would be liberating to write a few of my own personal ones, and then I invite you all to contribute your own in the comments section.
When you want to hide from the world and lock yourself away, go out anyway.
When you feel like making friends will only make more work and bring you pain in the end, make friends anyway.
When you feel like you are the ugliest, fattest woman in the world, get dressed up anyway.
When you want to help people but are scared to leave your shell, hug them anyway.
When you want to do something for yourself but feel guilty about it, treat yourself anyway.
When you feel like there is no point in trying because everyone is better than you, try anyway.
When you know having an opinion and speaking your mind about things you really believe in, say it anyway.
When you fail and you feel like giving up, hang on and do it again anyway.