Life-Changing Lessons From Mother Teresa

Category : Politics/Government
Posted By : AmnaAnees
Posted Date : 14 Jun 2019 05:26 hrs

Mother Teresa was one of the most appreciated and followed humanitarian of her time. She had changed millions of lives by spreading the message of love, peace, and kindness for everybody, all around the globe, and negated discrimination. She was undoubtedly the epitome of empathy and compassion, and millions of people volunteered their lives to their noble cause. Mother Teresa was named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu after birth, and after she took her vows as a nun in 1931 she opted for the name we know now. One can learn a million lessons from her life. To grasp the true essence of her teachings here I have listed a few life-changing lessons from Mother Teresa that will definitely move you.

•    Quick Fact:

Widely known as Mother Teresa, humble and generous mother Teresa's birth name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She was born in Uskup, Ottoman Empire, presently known as Skopje, Macedonia on 26th August 1910.

•    Most Inspirational and Motivational Quotes of Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was such a dynamic, global, and high achiever personality that it is extremely difficult, to sum up, all of the life-changing lessons from mother Teresa here in this short space. However, I have handpicked a few of her most inspirational, enlightening, and uplifting quotes that will definitely spark a little light in the heart of anyone who is reading this right now.
All her life, she had remained a torchbearer of hope, love, and kindness. And while doing so, she has remarkably expressed the importance of a single penny worth a donation. Regarding this, Mother Teresa said, 
•    "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."
And rightly so! We may think that our little donation can be of no worth for the one in need. But just imagine, if 100 people give as little as they can afford, what wonders can that bring for the needy people. This holds best for each and every charity organization working today all around the globe. All the charitable organizations are not working just because the donations from rich people rather small contributions from millions of financially less blessed people from all around the globe are equally participating in this noble task.
The kindness of heart can surely never be measured with money, so not only our money but our good deed in helping others or kind words of encouragement can be of great help for others.

•    Quick Fact:

She started working for the well being of the poorest people of Calcutta living in the slums in 1948. Though she had the provision of no funds, with her resilience, good will and power of kindness she was joined by an army of volunteers, helpers and financial supporters from every walk of life. 

•    "The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved."
There is a long list of life-changing lessons from Mother Teresa and the most vitally important lessons among all is the message of love for all. She had always preached the beauty of love and kindness for everyone, rich or poor. The meaning of love can be different for different people. She said,
•    "Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service."
And rightly so, as loving someone means showing concern about they're well being, and quality of life. There are millions of people all around the globe who are worthy of our love. And the only gesture that can show our love to them is by serving the needy. This service can be done in any way, you just need to have a good will, determination and will to sacrifice your time and energy.

•    Quick Fact:

Mother Teresa took her vows as a nun in 1931 and chose to be called Teresa. She picked this name after Thèrès de Lisieux who was the patron saint of the missionaries. The actual name was already chosen by another nun at the convent, so Agnes chose this name's Spanish spellings, Teresa.

Mother Teresa had also eased out the way to showcase kindness. She said,
•    "I want you to be concerned about your next-door neighbor. Do you know your next-door neighbor?"
This may seem really naive but it is exceptionally important. Building a great nation which is based on the principles of empathy, compassion, care, and consideration demands you to be vigilant about the needs of your neighbors. This will create a wave of harmony, peace, and concern. Helping each other at the time of need can elevate a great deal of strength, power, and unity in society and eventually all over the globe.
Surely, it is impossible to change the course of action of everyone all around the world. However, it can undoubtedly charge certain people who can then spread the good word all around. As Teresa rightly said,
•    "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."
Surely, the amount of joy a single beautiful act can bring in to your personality can never be replaced with any other feeling. The person who can learn the vitality and depths of self-sacrifice and love for everyone without ANY discrimination can achieve pure joy, happiness, and tranquility.
•    "Joy is the token of a generous personality. Sometimes it is also a mantle that clothes a life of sacrifice and self-giving. A person who has this gift often reaches high summits. He or she is like the sun in a community."
This is 100% truth. As it is really easy to observe and spread negativity, but people who can see positivity and light and also have the courage to spread it to other live in peace and content.

•    Quick Fact:

After receiving her Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa said in her Noble Lecture, “I think that we in our family don’t need bombs and guns, to destroy to bring peace – just get together, love one another, bring that peace, that joy, that strength of presence of each other in the home. And we will be able to overcome all the evil that is in the world.” Poorest of the poor were Mother Teresa's driving power and she has preached all her life to be good to people who cannot afford good living.

Another one of the greatest life changing lessons from mother Teresa is making heaven a delusional space. This creates a sense of responsibility to control your actions. Mother Teresa described this concept as,
•    "I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?"
Thus, it is not important to always get lost your mind and soul thinking about going to heaven, and what it would be like. Rather, you just need to be easy on yourself and do the best you can do in your life. Sure, it is not wise to over pressurize yourself, and in a similar way, you must be intelligent enough to spend good healthy days of your life to make this world a better place.
Simultaneously, boasting off about good deeds can take out all the charm and authenticity from them. You go to be humble, down to earth and focused to lead successfully on this path. Mother Teresa had rightly put this in her words, saying,
•    "If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are."
One of the most motivating and life-changing lessons from mother Teresa is saying no to war and spread of peace and love. All her life, she had tried to change the world by eradicating the warships and bringing harmony. She said, 
•    "We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion."
Often it is claimed that wars had been fought to diminish hatred and bring peace in the region. And definitely, this sounds extremely ridiculous argument. How can you imagine that bombing and other warcraft can bring peace and harmony? It's not all about the offence when the other nation retaliates in defense, the annihilation of powers can only demolish peace, and elevate destruction, poverty, and hatred. You certainly cannot imagine otherwise. Reading history also tell us the same. So, it would be wise to nurture the concept of love and peace rather than increasing hatred through hate speech and evil acts.
Going ahead, Mother Teresa was loved all around the globe. No one was concerned about her nationality or anything specific. Just her presence was enough to turn tables towards harmony. People admire her a lot and wanted to financially support her charitable work in Calcutta. To them, she said,
•    "Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering, and the lonely right where you are—in your own homes and in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools."
And this is the main teaching of Mother Teresa To look around vigilantly and try to build a harmonious place where everybody is fed and is having all the necessities of life. If each one of us tries to follow only a glimpse of this path, this world can become a better place to live in!

•    Quick Fact:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to honor Mother Teresa with the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her lifelong services for bringing the peace, harmony, love, and affection in life. In their motivation letter, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wrote,
“In making the award the Norwegian Nobel Committee has expressed its recognition of Mother Teresa’s work in bringing help to suffering humanity. This year the world has turned its attention to the plight of children and refugees, and these are precisely the categories for whom Mother Teresa has for many years worked so selflessly.”

Mother Teresa had touched the core of our hearts by saying,
•    "It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start."
This is so painstakingly true and excruciatingly difficult to accept, yet important to acknowledge. There are many of us who have a wide charitable hand for people in need, but our behavior to our loved one, our relatives and people who care about us, is not good at certain times. This is like ruining your own roots while watering the other plants. You must be careful and cautious while talking to people at your home. And before making any donation, first, check if you have fulfilled all the rights of people around you.

•    “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.” 
It is a normal practice among all of us that we dwell ourselves in the past and just keep on regretting on things on which nothing can be done now. We cannot let the past stop us from seeing the good in the future. This can be our biggest failure to keep thinking about the less impactful failures of the past. We really need to move on and look the bright side of the future, thus we can mend our present day. Mother Teresa had always preached hope, she said,
•    "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
I really hope that these lessons be really helpful for you!

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