Every so often I run across a blog or Facebook post and I think, dang that’s EXACTLY what I wanted to say. That’s what today’s post is. It’s from my friend, Sarah J. Storer. I stole it with permission from her Facebook feed. She wrote it for her friends and followers. I kinda thought you’d dig it, too.
Wanted to share this because it’s been powerful for me this year (and we’re only two months in and I guess there’s no return policy or whatever):
I know some of us have been going THROUGH IT. I’ve seen so many of your posts or heard your stories, and we all know about the deeply sad, scary and concerning things that are happening in our communities, schools and country.
A lot of these situations or trials don’t come with a road map. It’s hard to know how you want to get through the day sometimes, let alone how you can get to a hopeful, healed and happy outcome at the end of this current trial.
So here’s what I’ve been doing: I close my eyes and think, “What is the next right thing?”
Sometimes the next right thing is making sure I don’t skip my workout for the day WHERE I WILL PROBABLY SUCK because I need that shit for my brain. Sometimes the next right thing is setting or re-setting a firm boundary that my heart and emotions need. Sometimes it’s seeking counsel. Sometimes it’s a little more empathy or kindness to myself or others. It’s not always the same thing, but generally, it’s something that’s right in front of me, and totally doable in the moment.
Drinking more water. Crying it out. Having a tough conversation. Being honest. Getting an extra hour of sleep. Naming three things you’re grateful for. Staying in. Intentional connection…all potential next right things.
What I’ve found is that it’s a lot easier to figure out the next small right step than to determine the big picture right outcome. And it’s a lot easier to take the next tiny right step with each successive right step I take.
So there you go. A little piece of me to you. It was the next right thing for me to do in this moment.
Keep at it. You’ve got this.
Sarah J. Storer is one of the brilliant minds behind Hashtag Comedy, a world-class improv troupe and training company in Columbus, Ohio. She performs Wednesday evenings and every other Friday at Shadowbox Live’s Backstage Bistro. She often works with corporate teams at sparkspace and also teaches improv classes for kids and adults. Check out Sarah’s corporate improv work at www.selfimprovment.org.