Paula’s visit with Mother Teresa

Paula Pagano and Mother Teresa

Paula Pagano and Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

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

If you find happiness. people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa

Meeting Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa, the globally beloved nun, was born in Macedonia, but lived most of her life in Calcutta, East India, where she founded The Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor.  Mother Teresa  died in 1997 at the age of 87. I was most fortunate to meet her in San Francisco, where she was speaking to a small group about a hospital for people with AIDS that she had just bought—it had been sold to her by a close colleague of mine. Just being in her saintly presence was remarkably inspirational.