Be the Best of Whatever You Are


If you can’t be a fir on the top of the hill,

Be a bush in the the valley – but be

The best little bush by the side of the rill;

Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.


If you cant be a bush, be a bit of the grass,

And some highway happier make.

If you can’t be an ocean, you still have a pass

If you are the most wonderful lake !


We can’t be all captains, we’ve got to be crew,

There’s something for all of us here,

There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,

And the task you 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 the size that you win or you fail  –  

Be the best of whatever you are !

Douglas Malloch,

Be the Best of Whatever You Are