Maya Angelou has a way of putting a positive spin on what other people see as a negative. We have often heard the saying, “your best is not good enough.” I do not like this perspective. There are many ways to evaluate progress and effort put forth, but arbitrarily comparing it to whatever value we place on enough is unfair.
An optimistic outlook makes it hard for me to adopt anything less than a positive take on the matter. There is undoubtedly going to be room for improvement, but until a person reaches the point of seeking self-evolution, we can only give what the current state of our best is. The only judge for determining our best is and should just be us.
I have been a firm believer that we will always be changing and learning as times and experiences come and go in life. And just like in many other things, we have choices to make. We can choose to stay ignorant, or we can want to rise to the challenge of improving ourselves. Between soul searching and investing an interest in taking learning by the reigns can jump-start the continuum of striving for better.
Perfection is not a goal I have ever had, and it is one I will never have. A goal I do have is bettering my life through effort and open-mindedness. The world we live in tries to sway us to think that a perfect life is better than a meaningful life. Seeing the stepping stones placed in an invested life of learning and dedication means more than clout in high society. We sit complacently in an easy life, but through challenges, character builds strong.
The growth we commit to in life is the only thing that will keep us going. Our actions and words will ring in an echo in history lessons to come, and if we fall to the demise of society’s disillusions, we have failed. Getting comfortable in a rut will continue to feed into the cycle of thinking everything is okay just because we do not know better or care to do better.
Why settle for mediocrity when our best can be better?
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