I think it’s safe to say that “Do Your Best” is not really in Diana’s and my vocabularies. “Be the Best,” yes, but “Do Your Best,” not so much. It has a ring of resignation to it that just doesn’t jive with our upbringings. It sounds like “try” instead of “do.” There seems to be an escape clause built into the phrase that says, “Do Your Best, and If That’s Not So Good, No Biggie.”
This is how I felt, anyway, when I read the following headline today: “China Says Doing Its Best to Bring Peace to Sudan.”
Really? Are ya, China?
In the story, China’s envoy to Darfur, Liu Guijin, is quoted as saying:
“The Chinese government is trying hard to find a practical solution,” he said. “We are not going to try just to reduce the pressure we are faced with. By doing that we have to conduct the so-called quiet diplomacy, because all diplomacy should be quiet. If we make announcements everywhere, that cannot solve the problem. According to our Oriental culture, we do lot of things quietly.”
Okay, but according to our Oriental culture, we also do lots of things awesomely. So step it up, y’all.
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