“Strange how much you’ve got to learn before you find out how little you know.”
An optimist is a person who basks in “mostly sunny” weather, while the pessimist has to put up with “partly cloudy.”
“Learn to limit yourself, to content yourself with some definite thing, and some definite work; dare to be what you are, learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not, and to believe in your own individuality.”
— Henri Frederic Amiel
Be the Best of Whatever You Are
by Douglas Malloch
If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill
Be a scrub in the valley–but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
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 some 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 to do,
And the task 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!
Give me a mind that is not bored,
that does not whimper, whine or sigh.
Don’t let me worry over-much
about the fussy thing called I.
Give me a sense of humor, Lord;
give me the grace to see a joke,
to get some happiness from life
and pass it on to other folk.