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"If you can't be a ....
Posted by: Alan Lee (207.200.116.---)
Date: August 23, 2008 03:08PM

I'm trying to remember the words to this motivational poem though what I remember is really vague, "If you can't be a tree be a twig, If you can't be a house be a hut, If you can't be a river be a stream" I've really just made these lines up but it's the general thought. Thanks

Re: "If you can't be a ....
Posted by: IanAKB (124.168.92.---)
Date: August 23, 2008 10:36PM

Be The Best Whatever You Are
by Douglas Malloch

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 some 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 we 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!

This is from the Internet. It's possible there are other versions circulating, and even possible that the authorship of them is disputed. It happens. But I hope this suffices to answer your immediate search query.


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