Be The Best

Encouragement Poems

Be The Best of Whatever You Are
Poet Douglas Malloch

If you can't be a pine on top of the hill
Be a scrub in the valley - but be
The best little scrub at 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 grass
Some highway to 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 have crew,
There's something for all of us here.
There's big work to do and there's lesser work too
And the task we must do is 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.
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Another Short Poem for Reflection
Poet: Douglas Malloch

The tree that never had to fight
for sun and sky and air and light
but stood out in the open plain
and always got it share of rain,
never became a forest king
but lived and died a scrubby thing.
Good timber does not grow with ease.
The stronger wind, the stronger trees.

Short Quotes to Encourage

Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It doesn't matter how many say it cannot be done or how many people have tried it before; it's important to realize that whatever you're doing, it's your first attempt at it. Wally Amos

One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping stone to something better. Col. Harland Sanders

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. Benjamin Spock

Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them. Hugh Miller

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. Thomas Carruthers

By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn. Latin Proverb

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. Emily Dickinson

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