Waaaay back this year, on Day 35, I wrote about doing the next right thing.
I just re-read that post (which, apparently, was the Next Right Thing for ME to do, in THAT moment). I was happy to see that I linked to somebody else’s blog post, at WordPress. (It was the first time I had done that, so I remember feeling nervous about doing that.)
I was surprised at how much I got out of reading what I wrote before.
I was surprised at how little I judged what I had written.
Sometimes, I don’t read things I’ve already written, out of fear — fear of judging something I’ve created, fear of becoming depleted because of that self-judgment ( and, therefore, less capable of moving forward).
Here’s my question for today: What have I learned (or re-learned) about Doing The Next Right Thing (between Day 35 and today)?
- Fear of doing the wrong thing gets in the way of figuring out what The Next Right Thing is.
- There are many, many Next Right Things.
- It’s your choice what to do next.
- Your choice is affected by many different things — inside you and outside you.
- If you think you have done the Next Wrong Thing, learn from that.
- Let go of shame and regret, so you can move on (see #1 above).
- The more open you are to what you have learned, in each moment, the more wisely you will choose.
I just re-read that list and I feel an urge to kid myself a little bit, because I sound like a wise old owl.
So going with that urge, I just did a Google Image search on “wise old owl” and this is what I found. This:
Now I know. The next right thing, in this moment, is …
… to conclude this post. Thanks for reading, everybody!
Love this list! I have often let fear do the same things to me. Fear of seeing something wrong, fear of failing, fear of being seen as human. Thank you for the thoughts for today, Ann. I am glad you shared this again so I didn’t miss it.
Hi, Jonathan. I didn’t share an old post again — I linked to an old one (Day 35) and wrote a new one today. That actually doesn’t matter; what matters is that you are reading and commenting, which I so appreciate.
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