Born in Skopje (modern Republic of Macedonia) and served in India for most of her life, Mother Teresa was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She is revered all over the world for her benevolence and philanthropic activities and has always been a reservoir of inspirations for all the grey-matters of this living planet. To flounder deep into this great soul, here are 7 most important things Mother Teresa taught us and a few facts about Mother Teresa which will motivate you for sure!
1.Live for a Cause
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work- Mother Teresa
She devoted more than 60 years of her life serving poor and destitute especially lepers, sick and dying persons in the slums of Calcutta (now Kolkata) and all these philanthropic activities were the result of her childhood desire to become a missionary in Bengal, India.
2.Never go after the results
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try- Mother Teresa
Throughout her life she emphasized about the means of the work rather than the ends and put a major part of her life serving the needy ones without expecting any rewards.
Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own- Mother Teresa
One of the most enduring qualities of Mother Teresa was her ability to keep smiling and loving. She said that even during the harshest of situations, one should keep smiling and it will never let you down.
4.Make friends everywhere you go
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody- Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa considered the entire world as her family and always emphasized the concept of universal brotherhood. She never discriminate people by their caste, creed or color and never always embraced everybody with her kind and affectionate heart. We can learn from her teachings that anybody can be our friend, we just need to treat them with smile and love.
5.Never judge people
If you judge people, you have no time to love them- Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa rendered her services to the mankind without making any distinctions and never became judgmental. It opens our hearts and allows us to love others. She said that being judgmental shows a lack of humility on our part. According to her, one should never be pre-occupied about any person and should replace the habit of judging others with that of the loving others.
If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive- Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa’s life is full of love and compassion; however, there is another significant aspect of her teachings- forgiveness. She said that you can’t love if you can’t forgive. We can learn a lot from her ability to forgive others which shows her strength of character and incredible humility.
7.Never wait for tomorrow
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin- Mother Teresa
She spent her each day serving others and never let a single fraction of her life to be wasted without serving the humanity. Mother Teresa’s life has taught us that we can’t afford to wait until tomorrow to show our humility, love and affections to others. We have to begin right here and right now!