If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill
be a scrub in the valley- but be the best little scrub
by the side of the rill;
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Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass—
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
there’s something for all of us here.
There’s big work to do and there’s lesser to do,
and the task we must do is the near.
If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
if you can’t be the sun be a star;
it isn’t by size that you win or you fail—
Be the best of whatever you are!

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