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For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been taking a closer look at a few of the attitudes that make for a successful journey. (Or at least a happier one.) Attitudes like contentment, gratitude, and humility.

When you think of those qualities, who comes to mind? One person on my list was Mother Teresa.

Who was she? She was an Albanian Catholic nun who, at the age of 40, founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. She believed she was called “to help the poor while living among them.” For the next 45 years of her life, she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying while expanding the ministry beyond the borders of India. How far did the mission extend? At the time of her death, the Missionaries of Charity operated 610 missions in 123 countries. For her humanitarian efforts, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

During her lifetime, she wrote numerous letters to her superiors but asked that they be destroyed. Why? Because she was concerned that “people will think more of me–Less of Jesus.” Was she perfect? No. (In fact, her critics still abound.) But, I believe Mother Teresa’s life work displays her heart.

Humility. Service. Love.

What about you? When you think about individuals who display attitudes like contentment, gratitude and humility, who is on your list? Why?

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