“I’m doing the best I can”—excuse or survival tactic?

February 14th, 2010 by admin Leave a reply »

Is saying “I’m doing the best I can”:

A) Giving up
B) Coping
C) My 2009 mantra
D) All of the above

Does the answer depend on whether I say it aloud or just to myself? I confess it was my silent mantra last year, but I’ve found myself saying it lately with some frequency.

Excuse or survival tactic? Discuss among yourself.



  1. jim says:

    If said with conviction, it is a promise that you are holding nothing back and delivering all that your mind body and spirit can muster. Holy crap that is an amazing statement when you think of it that way.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for your comment. You’re absolutely right. It’s knowing with absolute certainty and without any doubt that you couldn’t do any more than you’re doing.

  3. Anita says:

    My mantra at some times is “I’m dancing as fast as I can.” Ironic considering your last post, eh?

    the other part is “this is how it is.” I can’t do more than this right now. I can do more in the future and I can do less. right now, this is how it is.

  4. admin says:

    I love, love, “This is how it is.” Very Zen. I’ll think of you often, as I’m sure I will be repeating this to myself on a daily (perhaps hourly?) basis.

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