Friday, October 10, 2008

Be The Best

by Donna L. Watkins

© 2008 Donna L. Watkins - Morning Aerobics - Eastern Phoebe
If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry.

Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.

If you can't be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill. Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star.

For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.

— From the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This really fits in with the article I wrote, Should You Take That Job. What we do with our lives is so important, and the job we do takes up a large portion of our life ... so we need to be doing it well. If it's doing something that doesn't fit your skills and talents and passions ... it will be extremely hard to do it well.

Consider the importance of finding your "sweet spot" as Max Lucado calls it in his book, Cure For The Common Life. We were put on this earth for a purpose and those natural abilities and talents that God created in you are there for that purpose. Why is it we so often think if something comes easy, it's not of value.

Life doesn't have to be hard and we don't prove anything to anybody by staying stuck in a place that ruins our health and relationships. Move towards your dreams. Don't accept any less of yourself!

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