Despite a good faith effort to find the person who first said it, I’m only able to attribute these powerful words to my mother. For a long time, I used to think that she was telling me that I would never be good enough. Now that I’m older, I realize that she was really telling me that I should always challenge and push myself to be better. Especially when I think that I’ve done the best I can do.
With everything that’s been going on over the last few days, weeks, months, years, I think it’s a good thing to keep at the forefront of my mind. I’m doing as much good as I can, but I can always do better. Even when I think I’ve done my best, I can always do better.
This is one of the most interesting things to think about as an adult. At what point do you decide you’ve done enough? At what point do you think you’re good enough? At what point do you look at the world around you and say “That’s all I can do to change the world?” I’m not there yet, and I can’t imagine being in a place where I am. There is so much more I can do to better myself and the world around me. I promise that I’ll continue trying. I promise that even when I feel that I’m at my best, I will work to be better. To those who are struggling, I will do better and I will encourage others to do the same.
- Listen harder
- Spread compassion
- Be hopeful, but work towards making that hope a reality
- Meet people where they are and support them as they work towards their own dreams
- Be mindful
- Be openminded
And I will try to never be satisfied with my best.