It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Chapter 12, Page 29, Book 20

Don’t try to be the best, just do your best.

Author Unknown

December 29th - The best we can do is enough.

Do the best you can, with what you can, while you can and success is inevitable.

Steve Maraboli

I like to think we’re all doing the best we know how to do what we can these days.  Not everyone has the same means and resources but we use what what we have to do the best we can as far as living our lives goes.  Im not the best person I know,  but Im doing the best I can to live my life to the fullest.

There is not always a lot I can do but what I do is the best Ive got to give.  The best of what anyone can do should be enough.  Sufficient for their lives.  We are all so different and I dont think another person should be able to determine if you are doing your best.  Each of us knows just what our best is and dont need others to tell us that is not good enough.  Likewise we shouldnt be jealous of what others do.  They are only doing their best.  There is no comparison.  

I remember thinking that whatever I did was never good enough as far as what my parents thought i should be doing, so when I had my own children, I made sure to let them know that they were doing their best.  Ipraise and encourage whatever it was they were doing.  All any of us can do is to give it our best try.  

We learn by doing and sometimes that means we make mistakes but at least we find out what we did wrong .  Now we know better, we can do it better.  If we dont give our best, we wont succeed at anything.  Its the trying and doing the brings success to any of us.  So try to do your best at anything you do and youll find success is just ahead.  

Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.

Maya Angelou


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Those that do their best, make the best of what they have.

Mevely317 said...

For a long time I compared myself to others ... usually unfavorably.
It makes me sad to know your efforts weren't appreciated by your parents. But what an unintentional blessing when you used your own hurt to build up your own children.

I've never been one to toot my own horn. But nowadays I'm satisfied if I can look myself in the mirror and say, "You did your best."

Martha said...

It was the same way for me with my parents and I did just as you did with my own children.

Diana said...

I've always just tried to do my best, whatever it was I had to do. I don't remember any encouragement growing up, but I know it was just a given that you do your best. My ex left me and my boys when they'd barely started elementary school in the 1980s, so as a single mom for so many years I always let them know to do their best and I was proud of them no matter what. They both turned out to be awesome men, husbands, and dads, and that is a blessing because as children of divorce they could have turned out so much different. Just started reading your blog a few days ago, have added you to my favorite blog list. Be blessed!

betty said...

Children should be encouraged when they are doing their best; good you learned that lesson from the way you were brought up Ma :)


jack69 said...

MA, you hit the nail on the head about letting the kids know you know they are doing their best. We all try that, when the truth is known. Another one that hits it right out of the park. Thanks. Yep we may not be the best, but we are trying our best..
Good one.
Sherry & jack