Give your best to life every chance you get. And what you’ll get in return is a life that’s rich and full and increasingly satisfying.
THERE is a story I read that told about a woman in England who answered her door during a heavy rainstorm.
A wet, rain soaked lady stood outside in the downpour and said, Pardon me, Madam. The wind and rain have completely done me in and I forgot to take an umbrella. I was wondering if I might borrow one... I'll return it of course tomorrow.
NOW who is this stranger who stands and asks me for an umbrella? the lady of the house thought. How do I know she'll bring it back?" The lady of the house then reached for an older umbrella behind the door with broken spines. She thought, Even if this person doesn't return it, I wouldn't have lost much. So she hands it to the stranger, feeling proud of her clever decision.
The next day a fine carriage approached the house and stopped in front. A footman came up to the door and politely knocked. Pardon madam. The QUEEN wishes to express her thanks for your kindness of yesterday, he said as he handed her the borrowed umbrella.
OH, she thought. Here was the Queen, and I gave her less than the best I had.
I’ve found that when we give our very best, we get the best results. Sometimes it’s the best excuses not the best efforts we see. People can excuse most anything, but they don’t always do what is expected. What is expected of us is our best in what ever it is we do.
The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle.
Another little story to share…
IMAGINE a friend you gave a very expensive gift to for a birthday gift. That person may take it and forgot to thank you for it, running off to enjoy it, never acknowledging its worth or value. Week after week you see this friend fully enjoying the gift, and even hearing great comments made to others about it, but never once giving credit to you for thinking of it, or spending time and money to obtain it. Only if something goes wrong or breaks do you hear about it at all.
Over and over again, I’ve learned is how important it is to say thank you. If I’ve forgotten to say I’m thankful for something, I’m sorry. Thank you’s are tops on my to do list.
Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.
We do all want the best results for our efforts. Trying but failing isn’t really bad, after all we did try. Trying to do your best with good intentions is not a waste of time at all. Giving our best doesn’t make us perfect, it gives us JOY.