Do My Best

We’ve all heard it, we’ve all used it, and we’ve all said it: “Do my best.” This came true to one man I met in Portland in 2013.

In 2013, I was working on a travel blog and I happened to make my way down to Portland because of road trip my friends and I had planned. While my friends were out spending time at a mall, I decided to take some personal time, which meant working on my travel blog. I decided to interview a homeless person. I made my way downtown and saw a friendly homeless couple. We started chatting a bit but what was supposed to only be a five minute conversation turned into two hours.

We covered many topics, such as how they wished normal people looked at homeless people as human beings and not something that everyone should look down on. But the most memorable topic we covered was why they were homeless. He told me this, “I lost my job, my house burnt down and I lost everything in a week, and I’m here now, but one day I will get back on my feet because every day, I do my best, that’s all I can do. I do my best”

Before I left, I asked him one more question, “What would you do in my shoes.” He said, “Just do your best, if I were you I would do my best, that’s all you can do.”

Even thought you might already know this, the poor aren’t lazy. They are doing the best they can with what they have, just like everyone else, just like the man I spoke with.

Consider this, more than 3 billion people live off of less than $2.50 a day. They are fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, they are doing their best survive just like us. But we don’t survive like they do. We have access to clean food, water and shelter. We have to survive passing test, doing our job correctly and succeed in our social life. That’s how we do our best. How about we give people a hand and do our best to help them out. Maybe it’s by doing a fundraiser, or hosting a 30 Hour Famine or doing a bake sale. If we do our best, we help change lives and eventually change the world.

So as your reading this, I want you ask yourself this question, are you doing your best to become the person you want to be? Are you doing your best to help make this world a better place? Are you doing your best?

Share this post:
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Read other posts from The Voice.

Subscribe to the Voice Blog