By Douglas Malloch
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.
And some highway happier make;
If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
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 the sun be a star;
It isn't by size that you win or you fail
Be the best of whatever you are!
Enough trials to keep you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human,
Enough hope to keep you happy;
Enough failure to keep you humble,
Enough success to keep you eager,
Enough friends to give you comfort,
Enough wealth to meet your needs;
Enough enthusiasm to look forward,
Enough faith to banish depression,
Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.