Day 1716: You’re doing the best you can

Has anybody ever told you “You’re doing the best you can”?  What’s your best reaction to that?

Yesterday, I found this prescription on my desk:


I’ve written that prescription for many people over the years. Yesterday, reading that helped me, as I was in the middle of trying to solve complicated billing problems at work.

Was I doing the best I could when I took these other photos?











Michael’s doing the best he can to cook delicious meals and I’m doing the best I can to eat them outside while the weather is still nice. Oscar’s doing the best he can, too.


As usual, I’m dong the best I can to find a good enough YouTube video for today’s post.

Also, I’m doing the best I can to thank people at the end of each post, including YOU.


Is that the best thank you for today’s post?  How about this?



Categories: personal growth, photojournalism, Psychotherapy | Tags: , , , , , | 27 Comments

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27 thoughts on “Day 1716: You’re doing the best you can

  1. Wishing you the best

  2. what a delicious dinner! You always do the best you can.. and then some Ann!

  3. Your best is pretty darn good, Ann.

  4. Well Ann, It doesn’t get much better than one of my fav’s Stevie Nicks singing, Doing The Best That I Can Hope the link works, as I’ve just learnt how to paste these Youtube clips, and I’m doing the best that I can,

  5. This is the best I can do this morning. Chin up, keep smiling and don’t let all the sad news in the world get you down. Not easy, I know and I used to hate it when people told me to smile so you can ignore the ‘keep smiling’ comment. :}

  6. Some days I have to put up a sign that says, “Please do not disturb. I’m disturbed enough already.” At those times I ask others to be patient. My best may not be good enough right then but it may be better later.

  7. My compliments to the chef!! Looks delicious.

  8. I just read Rory Feek’s book. It was a theme of his. And now you say the same thing. Apparently I should be hearing a message here….

  9. You’re doing more than the best you cAnn! (●♡∀♡))ヾ☆*。

  10. Pingback: Day 1717: Worries, wishes, and prayers | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

  11. Love this post. Reminds me of:

    You never know what struggles people are hiding. I’ve always wondered how many people I know are stutterers, but, like me, have kept it mostly hidden. And how many other issues are like that? Depression, anxiety, phobias … so many things can be disguised in a way that gives a facade of normalcy over a person’s internal struggles. Keep this in mind, and you’ll naturally become more forgiving and empathetic. Everyone’s just trying to make it through the day the best they can.

    ~ Morgan Housel, Overcoming Your Demons (Collaborative Fund, Sept 1, 2017)

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