Thursday, March 19, 2009

". . . and all you can do is enough."

I've had the privilege of working with someone I've come to consider one of the best Human Resources professionals of all time. Tim May will always be known to me for this statement: "All you can do is all you can do, and all you can do is enough."

Adopting that philosophy has made my life immeasurably easier. I'm reasonably self-aware; I have a pretty good idea of what I do well (that's easy since there are not too many things that I do well) and a pretty good idea of what I don't do well (well, maybe not all of them but at least the top 1 million of them.) I make a consistent effort to do my best but when I've done all that I can, I accept that it's OK even if someone else is disappointed. Sometimes my response to the disappointment of others is just to say, "Ya know, we live in a fallen world." Granted, that might be a cop-out but it's usually pretty effective in breaking the tension of the conversation.
Who is it that we are to please? Is it only ourselves? Is it others? I think you know the answer. When we focus our attention meeting expectations of the One who made us, who hung the stars in the sky and filled the oceans with water, then we're playing to the right audience. Good thing for us that God does not expect perfection from us. In fact, He's had to remind us that perfection is not possible for us and He provided the way for us to still have a relationship with Him. He does expect us to do the best we can do and when we give Him the best that we can do, it's enough.

In what ways do you think adopting this motto might change your life?

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