We talk about doing the next right thing but we don’t talk about how that feels in our bodies. When I’m rushing I get this sense of urgency like time is spilling through my fingers like grains of sand at the beach. It feels as if the only thing I can do is fight to cling more tightly to the sand I’m holding. We all know that analogy, the tighter we clench our fists the faster the sand runs through our fingers. Whereas, if we relax our hands and allow them to remain open the sand settles. We may loose a few grains but we hold onto much more than if we closed our hands. It seems only fitting that to do our personal next right thing we need to stop gripping everything so tightly.
Let things go and let other people help. Trust that your support network – friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers – will step in to provide the help you need. Focus on what you can do right now. What is one small thing you can do really well? As Abraham Martha Beck is credited with first saying, “How we do one thing is how we do everything.” Rather than pushing ourselves to do many things poorly, take a deep breath. What next task feels most important to you?
Don’t worry about everything else. Just be attentive to that one next task and trust yourself. Give that task your full attention. Being embodied in the moment and focused on only one thing allows us to give our full attention to the task. It allows us to deliver our best performance. No matter how small the task, doing it well breeds satisfaction. That feeling is all we need. Because the only moment that actually exists is the present moment. And the only task we can do really well is the one that we are doing presently. With that in mind, breathe, reflect, and choose.
I wish you peace, serenity, and satisfaction in whatever comes next for you.
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