Day 146: Next

Do the next right thing.

These seem to be the words that stuck with people from the funeral. They’re the words the guys at Vance’s work put on the wall. What relatives are getting tattooed on their bodies. That my dear friend so kindly had put on a necklace for me. They are powerful words.

They are also apparently a major theme in the new Frozen II movie. Multiple friends and family members saw it this weekend and my phone was blowing up with them telling me to go see it. Apparently Anna has a major defeat scene and she just can’t hardly get up off the floor. But these words keep going through her head. I’m hoping to take the family over Thanksgiving.

Anyhoo…

Vance coached a lot of teams. A lot of teams. He was the kind of coach you wanted your kids to have. He taught them to learn from their mistakes, not to dwell on them.

If you swung at a pitch and missed, it wasn’t a big deal. Get the next one.

If the ball went over your head, so what? Do the next right thing and go get it. Throw it in. Don’t stand in the outfield and wallow in self-pity. Go do the next right thing.

If your man got past you last time, do what it takes to block next time.

If you mess up, take responsibility, apologize and move on. It’s never too late to do the next thing right. Yes, you’ll have to deal with the consequences of the wrong actions, but you can always, always choose the right thing next time.

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