Just Do The Next Right Thing

It’s been quite a year, huh?

Back in March, Frozen 2 was released early on Disney+. I, along with many kids and former kids, greatly appreciated this amidst a world on lockdown. While the original film is still far superior, Frozen 2 offered me a few moments of reflection more intricate than its predecessor.

There’s a scene where Queen Elsa is going through an extremely challenging time. Grand Pabbie, a wise old troll, calms her anxiety with this one simple piece of advice — “When one can see no future, all one can do is the next right thing.”

I’ve recounted this scene time and time again over the last 10 months. It’s helped me realize that the best way to navigate an uncertain future is to make the most of the present moment. All we can do is the next right thing.

That may mean working on an overdue project, building up the courage to make an important phone call, or taking a shower for the first time in 3 days. Whatever it is, just do the next right thing.

Gosh. We humans are so wired for certainty! Finding peace amidst turmoil is exhausting, but the key has been learning to live with questions that don’t have answers yet. Will the answers ever come? Perhaps. But what we don’t know now, we’re not supposed to know yet.

When the whole world seems like a giant mess and it’s hard to imagine how we will come out on the other side, the only thing we can do is let hope guide our actions and just do the next right thing.

What 2021 will bring is unknown, but what I believe to be true is:
We’ve made it this far and we know our resilience.
We can do hard things (I love you, Glennon Doyle).
Mountains do not rise without earthquakes.
We are responsible for our democracy.
Black Lives Matter.
And when the current is overwhelming — all we can do is the next right thing.

Bring it on, 2021. I think I’ll start with a shower.

2021 Mantra:

Mantras from Years Past

Make Your Life a Story Worth Telling
At the end of our journey, all of our possessions will fade away, but the strength of our legacy and the story of our life will remain.

Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone
When you go beyond the places that make you feel safe, you enable yourself to truly discover who you are and what makes you feel most alive.

Don’t Schvitz The Small Stuff
The people with the brightest minds and the biggest hearts choose to see the world in a powerful, positive perspective; it’s what paves the way to creating massive impact.

Find the Funny
Life is literally abound in comedy. Perspective changes when you vow to actively seek humor in the everyday.

Run the Risk
When you push through the fear of failure, exhilaration lies on the other side.

Trade Expectations for Appreciation
Accepting others for who they are and not who we wish them to be leads to authentic
emotional independence.

Be Where Your Feet Are
Prosperity lies within the balance of living in the moment and planning for the future.

Pitch a Perfect Game
True progress comes from improving your process.

Head in the Clouds, Feet in the Dirt
Without vision you have no idea what you are aiming for; without groundwork you will never get there.

Summer Camp Enthusiast.

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