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Be The Best Of Whatever You Are

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If you can’t be a pine on the top of a hill

Be a scrub in the valley, but be the best little scrub on the side of the hill

Be a bush if you can’t be a tree,

If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass

And some highway happier make.

If you can’t be a muskie, then just be a bass,

But the liveliest bass in the lake.

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,

There’s something for all of us here.

There’s big work to do and there’s lesser work, too,

And the thing we must do is the near

If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail.

If you can’t be the sun, be a star.

It isn’t by size that you win or you fail.

Be the best of whatever you are.


~ Douglas Maloch


Written by MattAndJojang

October 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm

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  1. Of course this applies across life, but every blogger in the world should read it, too. I’ve heard more than the usual grumping recently from folks who are distressed that their “audience” isn’t big enough. Quality over quantity is always a good guideline – which is precisely Mr. Maloch’s point.

    And the photo is beautiful. Who needs a superhighway with a path like that to follow?


    October 30, 2011 at 11:06 pm

  2. Tommorrow is a holiday our in country. It’s a time when we remember our loved ones who have passed away and gone before us. Personally, it’s a time for me to remember and honor my Dad who passed away almost 20 years ago when he was only 53 years old.

    He was a self made man and a very successful businessman until he was in his early 30’s. He had a conversion experience when he was around 33 years old, and from then on lead a simple life while serving God and helping people.

    When he passed away, he didn’t leave us a lot of material things, but he left us with something much more important – his values. One of the things he taught me was to do whatever I was doing as best as I could even if people didn’t see or appreciate what I was doing. He called it the principle of going the extra mile.

    I never forgot that lesson, and when I read this poem, I couldn’t help remembering my Dad. It really resonated with me…



    October 31, 2011 at 9:46 am

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