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We don't need to try our best

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I tell my kids all the time that I don’t care how they do in life as long as they try their best.

But you know what? That’s the absolute wrong thing to say right now.

Sometimes trying your best is just too tall an order.

I, for one, currently do not have a drop of trying my best left in me.

So can we all agree that for right now trying our mediumest is just fine?

I mean, in some moments my mediumest feels unattainable and my best is just a dream that sailed away sometime in March.

In so many moments I am trying my least...but at least I am trying. #seewhatididthere

And while we are letting ourselves off the hook let’s also remind our kids and partners and coworkers and family and friends that their mediumest might be all the world needs out of them today.

It will all be just fine.

No human needs to walk around trying their absolute best all the time. It’s legit exhausting.

There is pressure coming at us from every turn and our bodies, soaked in the current stress bath of all the things in the land, are really just trying to keep us alive. We take in a million messages that put us into good old-fashioned fight or flight so just staying in the moment can be tough. Do we really also have to try our best at whatever it is we are doing?

Will the world go on if we are not doing our best work at keeping our houses clean or being the perfect worker or working through math homework?

It really will. I guarantee this to be true.

For the love, friends, today let’s all try as hard as we can, accepting it’s just fine if we are coasting in at a medium, knowing it’s OK if we have only a little tiny bit of try in us or if we are ready to come out of the gate swinging.

Either way, it’s one foot in front of the other. Side by side. Giving grace all around for whatever try each of us is able to bring.


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