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Be the Best of Whatever You Are

April 3rd, 2009 by Chris Fox

This is one of my grandmother’s favorite poems and it is a timeless…she gave me a copy of the poem when I was twelve and I’ve kept it ever since.

Be the Best of Whatever You Are

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

Be a scrub in the valley - - but be

The best little scrub by 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 a crew,

There is something for all of us here,

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

And the task you 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 Malloch

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