Always do your best – Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
From the Four Agreements:
“There is just one more agreement, but it’s the one that allows the other three to become deeply ingrained habits. The fourth agreement is about the action of the first three: Always do your best.”
As we journey in life, we are always moving, and are never in the same place. Although our mind might try to tell us we are, we are not.
Every second, things are changing. Our body is different, cells are dying off, new ones are being created. Our dreams world is changing constantly because of the outside environment is changing always, and much more.
If we can just give each situation our best. At that time, it is all we can do…nothing less, nothing more.
This means being as present and in The Presence as much as possible. Knowing that you have everything you need at that moment to get you to the next moment and all you have to do is your best at that time.
Again from the Four Agreements:
“There was a man who wanted to transcend his suffering so he went to a Buddhist temple to find a Master to help him. He went to the Master and asked “Master, if I meditate four hours a day, how long will it take me to transcend?”
The Master looked at him and said: “If you meditate four hours a day, perhaps you will transcend in ten years”.
Thinking he could do better, the man then said, “Oh, Master if I meditate eight hours a day, how long will it take me to transcend?
The Master looked at him and said: “If you can meditate eight hours a day, perhaps you will transcend in twenty years”.
But why will it take me longer if I meditate more? The man asked.
The Master replied, “You are not here to sacrifice your joy or your life. You are here to live, to be happy, and to love. If you can do your best in two hours of meditation, but you spend eight hours instead, you will only grow tired, miss the point, and won’t enjoy life. Do your best, and perhaps you will learn that no matter how long you meditate, you can live, love and be happy.
Just do your best, at this very moment.