It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn (of a new era)

Spotted this over at the blog at It is, for me, inspirational right now:


The vicious, cruel, and unwarranted attacks made against Senator Kerry this week brought to my mind a quote I had seen once on a motivational poster. The quote, by Kent Keith, was featured on a sign hanging in one of Mother Teresa’s mission homes in Calcutta. I thought it appropriate and fitting:

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

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

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack if you help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you might get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

Thank YOU, Senator Kerry, for all that you have given for your beloved country – even if your sacrifice and service has earned you scorn from petty and wicked people. Please know that there are many of us who recognize the good you do and will not stand silent in the face of injustice. The good that you do overshadows the backstabbing cowardice of those who would tear you down.

No retreat, no surrender. We have your back, Senator – now and forever.

Posted by Rachael | November 4, 2006 2:49 PM

My response:


That was an awesome post; I think we all needed that shot in the arm.

Earlier today I was thinking about events in the Senator’s life from 1970 until current events. There has ALWAYS been a John O’Niell, a Richard Nixon, a Robert Perry etc. who has made it their job to disintegrate JK’s standing in politics; it is an ongoing crusade for the very worst faction of the GOP. They must set aside a million bux a year just to keep the man from taking the country by storm.

It’s been going on for 30 years, and yet here he still stands, taking everything they can dish out. The Nixon White House couldn’t stop him, Vietnam Idiots FOR the WAR couldn’t; and the swiftboaters only slowed him down. I can honestly say that he is the most resilient person that I have ever read about in modern American history. He also has some really dedicated people working for him both professionally and on a volunteer basis. If anyone can put this behind him and set out on the road again, it’s John Kerry. I think we’d all understand if he said “enough is enough”, but I don’t think he’s ever given up on anything in his life, and his best moments have ALWAYS been when people thought he was down for the count. Rock on Senator, we’ve ALWAYS got your back!

Posted by Javelin | November 4, 2006 7:08 PM

Keep the Faith people,

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  2. Connie says:

    Jav, inspiring post. I had read that “prayer” before and forgotten it, but I can’t think of a better time for it to surface again. And your thoughts about Kerry — I feel the same way you do. They just don’t know who they are dealing with when they try to put Kerry to rest before his time. He’s calm under pressure, that’s why he was able to bring his crew to safety when the bullets were flying. If he would ever listen to the likes of me, I’d just tell him “to be himself”!!! Leave the jokes and joke writers alone. He flubs the jokes because they are not him, and the country is now ready for him — his clarity, honesty, and vision. He’s already a winner in my book, and with the 59 million Americans who voted for him last time (actually more that than if you make allowances for the election machine fraud!)

  3. Ginny in CO says:

    This is a center piece of my personal Bible.
    Mine has a closing comment that I think really adds to it. Having a S L O W day at work (?!?!) so will have to add it later this evening.