There’s the story of King Phillip giving a writing assignment to his favorite scribe. He was to write a precise biography of the king’s life. The scribe spent a year writing diligently, trying to highlight all of the big events of the King’s life, being sure to leave nothing of importance out.
King Phillip received the manuscript in hand from the scribe, set it on the table and said, “I’ll get back to you.” The next day the scribe found the manuscript on his tower desk with a note on it: “you can do better than that.”
The scribe spent the next six months meticulously editing the manuscript, deciding to omit some stories, add others, and spice up a few of the key stories. He again hand delivered it to the king who placed it on the table and said, “I’ll get back to you.”
The scribe found the manuscript again on his tower desk the following day with a note on it: “you can do better than that.”
The scribe ruthlessly reedited the manuscript, proofreading and changing several things one more time. It took three more months. He then returned it to the king and said, “Your honor, with all due respect, this is the very best I can do. I hope you like it.”
King Phillip took the manuscript and said, “In that case, now I’ll read it.”
WOW! What’s that got to do with you? The king was a wise king; he knew that most folks don’t do the best they can do on the first try. Not even on the second try. Do you? Do you rush to get something done and simply decide that “that’s as good as it’s going to get” because you don’t want to put any more time into it? Could it get better if you did put in more time?
Unbidden – the truth calls in the night, that men and women like you and me may awaken and gaze upon what we’ve done and ask, “Is this the very best I can do?”