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Chaplain's Corner
with Reverend Dale Burke

One of life’s great lessons is to always put our best foot forward no matter what we are doing. It is a mantra I echo every chance I get to inspire us to offer our best to the world in everything we do. The rewards are tremendous, especially as we offer our best in the “little” things of life. Local author Kent Keith wrote a poem many years ago that captures these thoughts:

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 some false friends and some true enemies:
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you:
Be honest anyway.

What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight:
Build anyway.

If you find happiness and serenity, others may be jealous:
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow:
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough:
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God:
It was never about them anyway.

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