“As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we have been given.” ~ Mary Lou Retton …
Mary is right; it does sound simple: be the best person we can be. Still, too many individuals hold unrealistic expectations of themselves. Perhaps this is a by-product of societal expectations or a desire to achieve some level of societal success. The truth is, however, that there really is no way we can do better than we currently know how to do; therefore, we must simply aim to make the best choices we can, to the best of our God-given ability.
Deciding to be great is something we can all choose to do. After all, we can each show the best of ourselves in almost any situation we are faced with in life. But doing so means not hiding away our talents and our potential. It means action instead of reaction, as reacting to others words or actions causes us to act in certain ways instead of allowing us the opportunity to choose how we wish to act. Perhaps it is simply choosing the way we speak to others and the tone of voice we use. Maybe it is the amount of time, effort, and concern we offer to others; or the tasks we choose to undertake and the amount of time we set aside for rest and reflection. It might even be something as simple as the face we present to the world at any given moment.
We grow towards becoming the best person we can be by paying attention to the choices we are making in life and by using our talents as best we know how. Make the effort to be that best version of you. Spread your wings and take some calculated risks in order to explore the extent of your abilities. Dare to be different in a good way by choosing to make the best choices whenever possible. That will be the difference between just living life… and a life well lived.
Give it your best, give it your all–in everything you do.
Questions to consider:
How often do you consciously try to be the best person you can be?
What choices will you make today? How will you decide which choices to follow?
What are some of your strongest talents? How often do you use them? How might you further incorporate them into you life?
For further thought:
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~ Maya Angelou