I posted the first part of this on the Teddy Bear team page, but it's been on my mind since, so I thought I'd post it here along with further reflection.
When my son was in the second grade, he was very disappointed the day he brought home a report card with a grade lower than an A.
He had bypassed the B's totally, and got a C.
I can still see his face, looking so sad and disgusted. I assured him that it's ok not to get a perfect grade every time as long as a person does their best. Then, I simply asked, if he had done his best. He sighed, a deep sigh, shrugged his shoulders and emphatically stated, "NO".
"So what are you going to do about it'" I asked.
"My BEST!" he answered with a grin.
Sometimes the expectations we impose on ourselves are so high we set ourselves up for disappointment, discouragement, and yes, even self disgust when we don’t reach those self imposed goals.
We can’t require more of ourselves than to do our best, whether with our families, jobs, school, or making healthy choices with food and physical activity. As I look back at the path life has taken me over the last few years, I can see times when I did my best, and the result was, for that moment in time, I became the best I could be. I can also reflect about those times I made wrong choices, even though I was doing my best in the circumstance I was in.
Then there were the times when I had no control over events taking place in my life. Life happens!, and brings with it illness and death, broken relationships and financial woes. Pets die and friends leave. Happiness and heartache are rarely served up in balanced portions.
Being my best doesn’t mean I am perfect.
Doing my best is reacting to the situations life and my choices hand me with honor and integrity.
Doing my best is treating people with dignity and respect, and helping others to be their best too.
As I work toward attaining my goals for the coming months I want to greet each day with a prayer to do my best to be my best!
Good luck with reaching your goals.