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—but be
The happiest grass by the road.
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 you 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!

By Douglas Malloch

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