I can’t imagine how my life would have turned out if I hadn’t made that house call. Surgeons don’t make house calls. I was heading cardiac surgery at BM Birla Hospital in Calcutta. Of course, I declined. I was seeing hundreds of patients, not turning anyone away. But a house call was a different proposition. The man on the other line was persistent. He said, “I can assure you one thing. Your life will never be the same once you meet this person.”
My curiosity got the better of me. I’m glad it did. I immediately recognised the address but I didn’t know who the patient was. The moment I entered Mother Teresa’s Home for Children, these lines caught my attention:
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. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
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.
Mother was the living embodiment of those lines…the things she had done for the underprivileged, yet she was so humble. I would go on to look after her for the next five years…the man was right; my life was never the same again…
Mother had a simple solution to the world’s complex pr