When time, energy, and resources are limited, you quickly learn about priorities. If there is one thing renovating a home will teach you, it’s constantly asking and answering the question, “What’s the next right thing?” and being patient throughout the process.
I think of the fictional astronaut, Mark Watney, stranded by accident, alone on the planet Mars. Faced with an infinite amount of problems, he didn’t become overwhelmed. He started with the first, most important thing then moved to the next. Eventually, spoiler alert, he manages to escape and return home.
In the face of dire, trying, complicated, daunting, or just downright difficult circumstances, where we can’t necessarily see it all the way through, we can ask, “What’s the next right thing?”
It helps shield us from paralyzing overwhelm. Baby steps, one day at a time. You may not be able to solve the world’s problems in a day, finish the renovation immediately and under budget, escape being stranded on foreign planet, or attain your biggest goal right now, but you can start with the next right thing and watch the series of right choices layer into something great.