Just Do The Best You Can

By |2014-01-05T18:14:08+00:00January 6th|

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There are times in life when you can "just do the best you can" for you or your family. And today I'm sharing my story.

“I did the best I could at the time.” Those were the words I desperately wanted him to hear.

We were having a conversation about our (my) whiny dog, Princess. He may not have realized it, but her constant whining annoys both of us. I guess I’m more tolerant of it though.

How It All Started

About a year after we got Princess, my first husband left me. (You can read more of my story here.) As you can imagine it was an extremely painful time.

Princess became a close companion to me. I remember taking her on trips to Home Depot or to family and friends’ houses. Not only was I still trying to train her, but I was trying to pick up the pieces of my life. And so it was during this time that she started whining. Sure it bothered me, but I had bigger fish to fry than worrying about a whiny dog.

Fast Forward 10+ Years Later

Princess is still spoiled and, yes, she still whines. But after that conversation with Trent, it hit me. Yes, she may be 13, and stuck in her ways, but she’s not too old to train.

Since our conversation I’ve tried my best to correct her when she starts whining. And, it may be a long, hard road, but I think we’ll get there. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

What’s the point of my story?

There are times in life when you’re only able to “just do the best you can.” Sure, if the situation was different, you would probably change things or do them differently. But it’s not and so you continue on as best as you are able, or even know how.

Maybe you don’t have money to put into savings because you’re eeking by and barely getting food on the table. Or perhaps¬† you’re having discipline problems with your kids because you’re a single parent. Whatever you’re going through, I want to encourage you to just do the best you can!

Thrifty T

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Comments (10)

  1. Jessica January 6 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this! It’s very encouraging and I love that it also offers a chance to “fix” whatever it was later when you’re more in control of life. :)

    • Tshanina Peterson January 6 at 11:55 am - Reply

      Jessica, I’m so thankful that this post encouraged you.

      Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation!

  2. C January 6 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Very encouraging post. And you did the best you could at the time.

    • Tshanina Peterson January 6 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks C! I appreciate your encouragement!

  3. Linda January 15 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Very good post and very encouraging. I had a dog from previous life when I remarried!! Try a pop can with a dozen pennies, sealed with duct tape. When Princess begins whining or any other unwanted behavior, toss the can on the ground and say No, Princess, firmly. The noise from the can will be enough to train her to stop her bad habits. Really does work.

  4. Tshanina January 15 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tip Linda! Princess has gotten better, but we still have work to do. :O) I’ll definitely have to try this method!

  5. Ginny May 23 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the inspiration and your encouraging words. Just what I needed today!

    • Tshanina Peterson May 24 at 10:28 am - Reply

      You’re more than welcome Ginny!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Alli B. September 18 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Thank you! That was so encouraging and I so much needed to hear that today!

    • Tshanina Peterson September 19 at 10:36 am - Reply

      Alli, I’m so thankful that this post resonated with your heart!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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