7-16-17 Always Do Your Best

Always Do Your Best

Under any circumstance, always do your best, no more and no less. But keep in mind that your best is never going to be the same from one moment to the next. Everything is alive and changing all the time, so your best will sometimes be high quality, and other times it will not be as good. When you wake up refreshed and energized in the morning, your best will be better than when you are tired at night. Your best will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick, feeling wonderful and happy, or upset, angry, or jealous. But if you do less than your best, you subject yourself to frustrations, self-judgment, guilt, and regrets.

Doing your best, you are going to live your life intensely. You are going to be productive, you are going to be good to yourself, because you will be giving yourself to your family, to your community, to everything. But it is the action that is going to make you feel intensely happy. When you always do your best, you take action. Doing your best is taking the action because you choose to love it, not because you’re expecting a reward.

For example, most people go to work every day just thinking of payday, and the money they will get from the work they are doing. They are working for the reward, and as a result they resist work. They try to avoid the action and it becomes more difficult, and they don’t do their best. Whenever you feel yourself tightening up when you are doing something, breathe, relax, feel fortunate you are doing WHATEVER it is, smile and know you are growing and alive. If you have to get up and go to the other room to get something, breathe, let the resistance go, and enjoy walking and getting. When you feel the complications of your justified resentment, smile, breathe, keep it simple, feel your action, and do it.

You can even get more than you would have imagined for yourself without expecting a reward. If you like what you do, if you always do our best, then you are really enjoying life. Liking what you do does not mean you only do your favorite things and avoid the other stuff. Liking what you do is a choice. You can start not wanting to do something you should do, and realize, if I choose to enjoy taking this action, choose to like myself and simply enjoy just being alive and capable, I will appreciate and like what I am doing. Keep it simple. When someone has excuses, it is dirty, self justified, complicated and very much about ME, ME, ME, avoiding life.

When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now. Living in a past dream, you don’t enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different. If you live in fear of the future you will be discoloring the now and promoting unhappiness. This leads to self-pity, suffering, and tears. You were born with the right to be happy.
We don’t need to know or prove anything. You don’t need knowledge or great philosophical concepts. You don’t need the acceptance of others. You express your own divinity by being alive and by loving yourself and others. “Hey, I love you.” Say that to yourself, over and over.

Don’t judge yourself, feel guilty, or punish yourself if you cannot keep these agreements. Practice makes the master. Everything you have ever learned, you learned through repetition. If you do your best in the search for personal freedom, in the search for self-love, you will discover that it’s just a matter of time before you find what you are looking for. It’s not about daydreaming or sitting for hours dreaming in meditation. Meditation will help you to center, to feel energized and calm and then, you have to stand up and be a human. You honor the man or woman that you are.I have fallen many times, but I stood up and kept going. Paraphrased – don Miguel Ruiz

We can practice with small things. Pick up that thing on the floor, clean out the back seat, say something nice to someone, wash those 3 dishes, make the bed. Do that task you have been putting off, and see how your fear of it was silly.
In an addiction I made great efforts, I did my best, to avoid who I really am, to disconnect and numb out. I felt sorry for myself. I was unhappy with myself, the world and many other people. I kept numbing myself and feeling very removed, alone and confused. I did not enjoy my life!!!

Today doing my best is feeling the balance of being considerate of others, compassionate and loving, and equally towards myself as well. I take breaks when I need to, I don’t overwork myself so I am drained, or avoid what I need to take care of. I may feel a resistance to doing something, but I can step fully into it and appreciate doing it, If I choose. I am careful to not over-work myself, because I know that just doing is not living, it can be an avoidance technique as much as not doing anything. How you do something is more important than what you do.

When you have not done your best, start by doing your best to have no regrets, to love yourself and move on with a desire to do your best NOW. Smile and keep on truckin.
To transition into living fully and believing in myself takes time. But I am willing to do my best and keep going and going and going. My addiction kept me from going anywhere, today I am going somewhere. Where? I am not always sure, but the destination of my journey, – is to be on my journey. When my destination is the journey, I am ALWAYS arriving. A continuous success.
Today is the beginning of a new dream.

How do you fill your bucket? One drop at a time.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
The great arises out of small things that are honored and cared for.
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