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Doing My Best

Saturday, September 25, 2010

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.

emoticon 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. emoticon 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.

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  • KALISWALKER
    Good luck to you too!
    3803 days ago
  • DIANE929
    emoticon YOU ROCK CERI!!!!!
    3938 days ago
  • FLYSWITHJAVA
    So true, sometimes out expectations are not realistic. Good blog!
    3960 days ago
  • HICIM705
    Great blog - ... thanks for writing it.

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    3960 days ago
  • ROSEWCI
    Absolutely! We are most critical of ourselves when we should be anything but! We're deserving the same respect & kindness we give to others. I think we forget sometimes...

    Thanks for the reminder!

    emoticon Rose
    3960 days ago
  • BEACHGIRL1205
    Thanks....you've given me a lot of food for thought. That's all any of us can do is do our best. Thanks for sharing this and best of luck with all of your goals too!!
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    3960 days ago
  • VELLE9
    emoticon blog! You are right. As long as we are striving to do our very best we WIN!!! Sometimes "man" views our best as sub par by his standards but the person that matters the most knows our heart and HE knows when we have given our very best and through HIS grace we are able to suceed beyond measure.
    3960 days ago
  • RANDOMMUSINGS
    Love this Ceri!! I for one find you to be most respectful, and I know in those prayers, they will be listened to. Someone with your grace, will reach those goals they want to accomplish!

    Thinking of you!
    3960 days ago
  • NINJA-NED
    good message. i need to try to remember it emoticon
    3960 days ago
  • VEMAN1
    Yes, but doing our best does require us to think and not just do. I am glad to hear your son realize his efforts were not his best. I remind myself the best baseball players still only bat 0.400 in a season. Even with a great grading curve, this would still be near a failing grade. We must find successes along our journey if we are to remain motivated.

    Glad to have you with us!
    3961 days ago
  • BUCKHOLDT
    What are you doing to improve your best? You should always work at becoming more then you are. You do your best when you are growing in Mind, Body, and Spirit.

    'Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process begins.' Jim Rohn
    3961 days ago
  • LIVINGONMYTERMS
    No matter what is going on in our lives, in the world we live in and the situations we find ourselves in, I feel olbligated to do my best because that is what God expects of me. And he is the only one that counts.I have set myself up for disaster (we all have) He promised he would not put anymore on my shoulder's than I could bear.

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    3961 days ago
  • CERIUSLY
    I agree INFLATED, it's sad to see children receive negativity instead of affirmation. Knowing I've done my best inspires me to reach higher next time. Thanks for sharing.
    3961 days ago
  • INFLATED
    I remember getting a "D" on a test and I had to have one of my parents sign the test. My Dad was angry at the low grade. He did not know that few had passed the test. You are right. We can only strive to do our best. There is also another aspect to it, knowing within yourself that we have done our best.
    Some can never please someone in their life and I feel sorry for those that never have acceptance and love.
    3961 days ago
  • PAISHAR2
    MY FRIEND, YOU ARE LIKE ME IN PUTTING GOD FIRST IN EVERYTHING. WITH HIM I CAN DO ALL THINGS. YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK AND TOGETHER WE ALL ARE GOING TO DO GREAT!!!!!!

    SHARON
    3961 days ago
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