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Your Best

2012 April 4
by Jill


On my walk to the train this morning to go to work, I overheard two little boys talking. I don’t have much experience with kids, and sometimes it amazes me that they are actually little people, with their own thoughts, worries, and conversations. There are tons of kids in my neighborhood, so I enjoy eavesdropping on their chats. It can be really enlightening!

One boy, clearly the younger of the two, was saying “That’s awesome! But…isn’t it…scared….scary?”  The other boy replied, with all the calm assurance of a 45-year-old, “No. You just play your best. You always play your best.”

I am going to keep that sage wisdom in my head all day today–“Always play your best.” Sometimes I let things slide, put things off, do things halfway, for no other reason than my own laziness.  I often wonder what I could accomplish if I only tried a little harder. My best is worth a lot, and I don’t always put it forward.

It was a little piece of inspiration on what is a beautiful spring morning in Brooklyn–I’m hoping to infuse the rest of my week with that little pearl and keep going from there. The week’s halfway over, all–let’s play our best!


*Image via In Life and In Fashion

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  1. April 4, 2012

    As someone who has little siblings (a seven year old brother and a four year old sister) and has worked at a camp with three and four year olds, I totally agree. The things kids come up with can be surprising. I love the times when they build each other up (cheering for each other in a game, praising something one did, etc.) without any prompting from anyone else.

    I agree, let’s follow that boy’s advice and play our best :) Thanks for the post!

  2. April 4, 2012

    aw, i love eavesdropping. especially on wise little men who tell you to play your best. amazing.


  3. Raquel permalink
    April 11, 2012

    I am in love with the quote image you shared and with this story. Now that I am interacting more with friends’ and relatives’ children, it continually reminds me that kids are just small people! And they are often pretty darned smart. I think I was smarter (and more fearless!) when I was 11 than I am now!

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