“When you don’t know what to do, do the thing in front of you”. – Elisabeth Elliot
There is a lot going on in the world right now. There is also quite a bit going on inside of us as well. And honestly the two can become quite a potent combination if we aren’t careful.
I have mentioned in previous posts that I suffer from depression. When I first came across the above quote, I was really in the throes of my darkness and these few words seemed like a beacon in the night. When you go through bouts of depression, it may feel like you are on a roller coaster. You go along on the roller coaster and everything is easy-peasy. But then when the coaster starts its decent, things become rough. It can be hard to get out of bed. It can be hard to shower. It can be hard to do absolutely anything.
When I first came across this quote, I grasped it like a lifeline. I held it tightly in my hand. Do the thing in front of you, I would remind myself. Do the thing in front of you. I got up today? Accomplishment. I remembered to eat something today? Accomplishment. When you feel as if your emotions are crushing you, it is all you can do to put one foot in front of the other. But this is what I remembered…
When you don’t know what to do, do the thing in front of you.
Brush your hair. Take a shower. Do the dishes. Read a book. Do the thing in front of you.
The physical and emotional don’t always make sense to the rational. That is understandable. But no matter what is getting you down, whether you had a bad day at work, you are tired of politics, or you are just having a frustrating day, just do the thing in front of you. Organize your desk. Put papers away. File what needs to be filed. Do what needs to be done.
When you don’t know what to do, do the thing in front of you. And remember…
Tomorrow is another day.