The Very Best I Can

If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what’s said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.” – Abraham Lincoln

No matter how your life shakes out you can rest easy if you’ve done the best you can in each and every situation. Anyone who has been on earth any amount of time will tell you that there are many factors at work – colliding vectors of free will, contradictory lines of force, scars from past failures, and so on – and even the best laid plans backed by the angels in heaven can come to naught.

Don’t be dismayed when things don’t work out. Dismay corrodes hope and is a harbinger of doubt. Look instead to apply the emotional energy you might pour down the drain of dismay to redoubling your commitment to the best you know how, the best you can and keep moving forward.


7 thoughts on “The Very Best I Can

  1. Zach

    When you are doing the very best you are capable of, there is a certain amount of peace that comes automatically from that. If things don’t work out quite like they were planned, that peace is very helpful for transitioning to the new plan. This is always something that we should remember.

  2. kol

    Thank you so much for these inspiring words! This is so important to remember for ourselves, but also when we see others who have dismay circling around them. We can always seek to help strengthen someone’s resolve to move forward and do the best they can through our love and support.

  3. Coco

    Doing my best and being the best me I can be has its own rewards. Many times the outcome wasn’t why I expected or the result even pleasurable but what can’t be denied is my personal experience of being unified with the understanding I hold of my purpose. That alone is so satisfying; it’s enough for now. Wonderful post, thank you

  4. Chuck Reddick

    This quote of Abraham Lincoln’s is another of my favorites, and has been of inspiration to me on several occasions during my journey to discover who I could become, which of course I am still in the process of doing. Not listening to others (especially critics) but instead listening to the inner voice encouraging you to reach for your greatness would be great advice for all of us to heed. Thanks for the wonderful and inspiring post today Gregg!

  5. David R

    Many things are beyond our individual control, but the resolve to do one’s best is always within our reach, and always our responsibility regardless of how things arrived at their present pass. Looking with appreciative intelligence at the opportunities of the moment helps to pull us free of the muddy depressions of the past, free to create a bright future.

  6. Ricardo B.

    Doing the best you can is always good enough given current abilities. As you develop, the best you can do should become better if you are giving your best because giving your best opens up opportunities for growth. I’ve noted the beauty of life’s ascending cycles, and it sure does make all the difference in the world to be aware of them.

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