Today’s Poem ~ Be the Best of Whatever You Are

Be the Best of Whatever You Are

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!



  1. Beautiful words we need to remember. Words to remind us that we are each special in our own way. Wherther you’re by the highway or are a Bush. You have your part to play. I really needed to read this today. Thank you for sharing

    1. Thank you for your comment. The poem has a powerful message. We all need messages like that to lift us up. I imagine you are being the best you can be and keep on being the best you can be. Shine on. Ray.

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