What’s Next? What’s Right?

Wooded Path

 

Lots of good advice has come my way over the years – among which is the precaution not to try to solve complex problems with simplistic solutions. One favorite quote is attributed to Einstein (and others): “You should keep things as simple as possible . . . but no simpler.”

To avoid being overwhelmed by problems, wise friends have advised, “Do the next right thing.” But recently I’ve wondered if the best right thing is always the next one. How about “Do the right next thing”? Does that introduce an element of judgement into the action? And how do we determine just what next thing is right?

The Errand That Became More

On my way to my favorite Indianapolis restaurant (Rock Bottom Brewery), stopped by Ossip – the Optician’s shop – to get new nosepieces for my glasses. Buffy put them on my frames, and pleasantly announced, “There’s no charge, but you COULD contribute a dollar to this weekend’s Vision Walk.”

After several days of wrestling with customer non-service, I was glad to agree: “I most certainly could!”