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Just Do The Next Right Thing — A Principle of Recovery

How doing the next right thing changed my life forever

It’s doing the dishes and walking the dog. It’s all the little things and all the big things. It doesn’t mean perfection.

My mega wise mentor is the one who drilled into my head

Just do the next right thing and you will be blessed.

She said it so many times that, although I wanted a better more definite answer and it annoyed me a bit, it became a voice in my head.

So I decided it was worth a shot. I chose to let it all go and just do this one thing, in hopes that she was right.

Because after all, she believed what she was telling me, and my life was as it currently appeared, completely destroyed.

I could see it in her eyes. She really believed from the bottom of her heart and she wanted me to believe too — so I could live a life of love and beauty.

What the next right thing is has changed over the years. After 7 years of testing out this theory, I am here to announce that it works.

Every. Single. Time.

It sounds so simple right, just doing the next right thing. But the challenging part is believing, really believing — no matter how hopeless a situation looks or how much pain you are in or what someone else did to you — that you will be blessed if you simply do that next right thing.

It means believing when there’s no reason to believe and having faith that works under all conditions.

It means not seeking revenge, not trying to control every outcome, letting go, not needing to prove yourself to everyone, not kicking others even if they are trying to hold you down.

It means not competing with or taking from others, even when you don’t feel like you have enough.

It means being honest when only you know the truth. It means being quiet when you know the truth will harm another and treating people with kindness and understanding.

It’s doing the dishes and walking the dog. It’s all the little things and all the big things. It doesn’t mean perfection.

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

But if you do your best and do the next right thing, believing that is enough, you will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams.

You will receive more than you had hoped for and then some.

Things will ALWAYS work out for your highest good.

The exact people you need will show up in your life.

You will be victorious.

Written by Holly Kellums

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Featured image by J W on Unsplash

Published by hollykellums

Internationally Published Author * Influencer * Recovery Coach * Human Potential Activist

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