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!