If You Must Go [The Paradox]
If you must go, then go for a while
Remember that the first step is a hard traveled mile.
To learn what lessons life has in store,
You must be willing to open each door.
Don’t be afraid to experience something new
For each experience will be a benefit to you.
Never live your life in the past
Enjoy every day as if it were your last
Mistakes you will make along the way
Learn from them, and you’ll be okay
Set your goals high and strive for them
As long as you try, you’ll never be condemned
Be kind and respect the people you meet
For they may be the ones to make life complete
Be sincere in everything you do
And treat others as you wish they would you
Whatever you do, make sure you’re content,
For the last thing you want is something to resent.
So if you must go, then go for a while,
And when you return, return with a smile.
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
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.
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 men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
“One thing that everybody told me about directing was, ‘Never compromise’. And the whole job is a compromise. So it’s very paradoxical. How do you not compromise when the whole thing is about compromise?”