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The next right thing

Take a step. Step again.

I was sitting next to Samuel in a movie theater watching Frozen II, and I was crying. I was crying hard.

(No movie spoilers ahead, promise). I was crying because of Anna’s song called The Next Right Thing. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it for almost two weeks.

I first caught the phrase earlier in the movie, when the trolls say to Anna and Elsa:

When one cannot see the future, one must do the next right thing.

I remember glancing over at Samuel that first time, eyes already welling. The phrase floated down from the speakers and implanted in my heart. What I didn’t know was it was going to show up much, much bigger later in the movie.

Anna’s song is about grief, about the unknown that lies ahead, about taking one step when taking two seems daunting. Feeling overwhelmed, fearful, sad, and unable are universal emotions, and they are stronger than normal during certain points of life.

My point in life is caught between grief and a fear of the unknown. I grieve for family in heaven, for broken hearts, for lost people, for stages of life I can’t go back to. That grief can be smothering. It can be a hinderance. It can completely debilitate.

I search for a pause button because of my fear of the unknown future. I am not ready to grow up. This is crushing, because I have to. I am 22 years old, currently on the search for a job after I graduate college. I will have to tell everything I have come to love the last four years goodbye in less than six months.

I am not ready. I am heartbroken.

I won’t look too far ahead
It’s too much for me to take
But break it down to this next breath
This next step
This next choice is one that I can make.

My mom often tells me to take it one day at a time. I sometimes have to break it down to one hour, one minute at a time when a day is too much. In unknown days like these, I understand how Anna feels when she belts her song.

It may overwhelm me, but I can make the choice to do the next right thing. The next baby step that will one day align on the path of my life.

So I will.

I will speak. I will hug. I will smile at strangers. I will let a tear fall and another one, too. I will press play on a favorite song. I will laugh. I will dance in a parking lot. I will snuggle just a little further under the covers. I will call my mom. I will pray.

So I’ll walk through this night
Stumbling blindly toward the light
And do the next right thing


By laurenstockam

Lauren is a graduate student at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.

2 replies on “The next right thing”


First off, thank you for being so honest in your post. What you’re feeling is completely normal—I felt the same way during my senior year of college—and kudos to you for allowing yourself to feel what you need to feel when you need to feel it. Entering the “real world” is definitely scary, but it’s also exhilarating in a way. (You get to take what you’ve learned and show employers what you can do and how you can add value to their company). I wish you all the best in your job search.

Second, try your best to enjoy the remainder of your senior year and don’t get too bogged down in the job search, papers, projects, and the like because it will go by so fast. Cherish every moment, keep working hard, and know that everything is going to be okay.

Thanks again for sharing this! Keep writing! 😊

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Lauren, I used to struggle with the unknown future along with trying to figure out God’s will for my life. In the midst of this, I was reading through the book of Proverbs and came across Prov. 16:9. A couple of days later I read Proverbs 19:21. These two verses really simplified my life. This was in 1992. Maybe you will find the same peace in them I did.

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