Be The Best You Can Be

 

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“Shrub Rose,” 5×5, Acrylic, ©June Rollins

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She is not hybrid tea rose status, but what an amazing little shrub rose I’m tending in my flower garden 🙂

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My Rose Westerland Shrub, an undemanding diva with her generous, ever-changing, spicy, fragrant blooms inspires me to be the best I can be.

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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,
 And 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 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!

Douglass Malloch (1877-1938) American Poet, Short Story Writer

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We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.

-Mary Dunbar

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Wishing you amazing, little shrub rose, discoveries today.

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8 thoughts on “Be The Best You Can Be

  1. June, I love your beautiful acrylic painting of the shrub rose, and also Mary Dunbar’s quote. Thanks for sharing your light!

  2. Thank you for this June. The poem you included “Be The Best You Can Be” was read by our high school principal every Friday morning at school chapel gathering. It was a public school in N.C. and we started at one end of the school and worked around the building until we completed the 12th grade. I graduated in 1957. What great school days. Anyway, this is the only place I’d seen this poem other than when I posted it sometime ago for my school mates. Enjoyed the rose information too. Sincerely, Janet Hunter

  3. Precious. Thanks for sharing.

    Are you still painting with alcohol inks or have you switched to acrylics now?

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