Can, Have, Are

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
~ Theodore Roosevelt

First, indulge me a moment to use this platform to say “Happy Birthday” to the best Momma in the whole world. Yes, I am talking about mine. She is my best friend, my strongest shoulder and my greatest reason to believe that I will age beautifully. I know this small space of print is not much – but it is what I can, with what I have, where I am.

Next, let me announce excitedly that my Pops is going to cut his hair. Sounds like a small thing until I tell you he hasn’t cut it since 9/11. He swore he wouldn’t until they got bin Laden. 11 years later, he is taking to the scissors. Is it a huge deal? It is to me, but maybe not to some. But it was what he could, with what he had, where he was.

Most assuredly let me heap mounds of praise on our service men and women, SEAL Team 6 notably. There are various jobs within our armed forces. All are important, I’ll bet even the SEAL Team will tell you that they can’t do what they do without countless other ancillary folks doing what they do. More or less important? Nah, they just do what they can, with what they have, where they are.

I also appreciate my real estate, builder, business community. These folks, regardless of public opinion and economic woes, continually use their knowledge, resources and expertise to the highest and best use. They are on a mission to create better lives for their families while working with their clients to do the same. This is not always easy – for the business community or their clients. Pick up any newspaper and you will see that. But we all work together to do the best we can, with what we have, where we are.

Today, I encourage us all to assess what we can, with what we have, where we are. Events have a tendency to be over stimulating and inflated. We tend to become overwhelmed at our own self perceived smallness and inability. The truth is there is a better choice and opportunity for each of us. In and around each of us is the ability and resource to effectuate positive change. The event may be of such magnitude that it feeds villages, brings renewed peace and heals the sick. It may just bring a smile to my Momma’s face. I consider neither a small accomplishment. We do what we can, with what we have, where we are – and that is the instrument of greatness.

*Featured photo credit ~ Stephen Eastop
*Roosevelt Photo – Public domain

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