The Personal Best

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.

                                                         -Helen Keller

Setting a PR. A personal record or a personal best. We usually only see this in lifting weight, and/or running.  I am not so sure this should only be used in sports. Try challenging yourself everyday. If you get disgruntled with someone else you spend a lot of your time with, just think about it first.

  • Is their personal best equal to what yours?
  • Did they really do their best?

Is the best really the best, or is it an attempt at being lazy? I spent a lot of time thinking, “to do your best” meant that one could do just enough of what was needed here and there, and skate by with this as a means to an end. I don’t know where I learned this, but it was at a young age. Doing your best usually meant not doing something well and/or failing at whatever it may be, and a hearing…

“Well, you did your best.”

Which can be very comforting when one really did do their best. But it can also take a turn. Like for instance seeing somebody doing a half ass job, with someone else saying they did their best. I have this preconceived notion that doing one’s best doesn’t always really mean they gave it their best. Then again, there are people here and there that I am surprised make it out alive day in and day out. Is it dumb luck?


Just remember, there are people out there who’s personal best may not be at the same standards you set for yourself. It can be very aggravating…but how can one really be angry at all when it is actually really their personal best?

Doing your best means never stop trying.

                                                                         -Benjamin Franklin



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