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Always Giving Your Best Pt.4

June 17, 2021

A reader of this site was a little uncomfortable with the “you can’t be” in the last post and asked for a little clarification.  So here it is, for all to see

Positive Psychology, many parents, and many Self-Help books will tell you that “you can be anything you want to be”.  That’s not necessarily true.  Can you be the President of the United States-maybe, can you be a superstar athlete-maybe, can you be………

You may not become anything you want to be, although you should try if that is where your passion lies.  Go as far as you can go by putting all you have into it, and be happy with where it leads.  If, for example your goal is to become number one at something, recognize that it is more than okay if you don’t succeed.

Otherwise, instead of raising your image of yourself, for accomplishing all that you did, it might lower it.  This can lead to feelings of failure, envy, and then anger.  That’s a no-no.

Realize, that it’s more than okay, because while you might not become number one at that something, you gave it your best.  That alone teaches you consciously or un, a lot about yourself.  You will have learned that while your physical potential is limited, it is indeed greater than you presently think.  That will give you the strength and courage to always reach for your full potential.

While you may not become anything you want to be, you can be everything you were meant and needed to be and be number one at that.  No one can be as good at the something that you were meant to be, as you can be.  Only you can be the “Best-Est” at being you!

You were given gifts to use for your unique purpose and mission.  There never was or ever will be anyone like you and there is a reason for that.  The reason is that you and only you, here now, can make a certain and unique contribution to improve our world.  Your contribution might not bring you fame and fortune, but it will improve your life by improving the life of another or others.

Sing Along With Me

“Only you can make all this world seem right
Only you can make the darkness bright
Only you and you alone…”*

When the great Rabbi Zusha was on his deathbed, He was surrounded by family, friends, and students. They saw him crying and asked if he was crying because he feared death. He explained that he wasn’t afraid of dying. He was afraid that when he died and met G-d, he wouldn’t be asked why he wasn’t more like Moses or Abraham; he would be asked why he wasn’t more like Zusha.

“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov

“May you use all of your possibilities for the benefit of many.” – Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the  Lubavitcher Rebbe

Be Good Do Good Think Good Be Healthy Be You

*From the song “Only You” by The Platters

P.S. The reader that requested this is now “Banned” and “No more soup for you” 😄

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Helen K permalink
    June 17, 2021 8:36 pm

    Great thx

  2. Elliott B permalink
    June 17, 2021 4:33 pm

    Seriously, how many of your readers do you think remember the soup nazi??

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      June 17, 2021 4:38 pm

      Let’s use your comment to see how many people respond and say they remember

  3. Beni A permalink
    June 17, 2021 12:05 pm

    Thank you.

  4. kirk permalink
    June 17, 2021 11:20 am

    Thanks Fred…goes with my aging mantra…do what you can do when you can do it…

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      June 17, 2021 12:39 pm

      Good Mantra just don’t think about the age
      Thanks Kirk

  5. Cristina permalink
    June 17, 2021 8:20 am

    Smart reply!

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      June 17, 2021 9:01 am

      Smart Comment 😄
      Thank You Cristina

  6. Lynda permalink
    June 17, 2021 7:09 am

    “Only you” Fred, could have explained this so well. I guess that is the “magic that you do.” I’m sure your reader appreciates the clarification.

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      June 17, 2021 9:03 am

      What a sweet and clever comment. Thank you so much Lynda

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