9th Day of Yule – Remembering the Noble Virtue of Industriousness
"Life requires that we work hard. Never sit back and take the easy way out in regards to your ability to create a lifestyle for yourself. No matter the lifestyle you choose, know that your elevation in life, or lack of it, may be (but not always) the direct result of your depth of diligence. Do the best you can, and know that your efforts have been suitably rewarded."
Be the Best of Whatever You Are
If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley -
But be the best little scrub by 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 the grass,
Some highway 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 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 we must do is the 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!
~ Douglas Malloch ~