The Next Best Thing

Most of us are familiar with the phrase 'the next best thing'. A generally negative phrase, it sounds as iif we are losing out. As though If we can't get the actual best thing, we have to settle for the next best thing.

But in recovery, the next best thing actually means something entirely different  
Something beautiful.
Something hopeful.
Something progressive.

There are so many times in our addiction that we get stuck in a rut. Whether it be acting out, stinkin' thinkin', denial, or any other form of addictive behavior. It can feel so hopeless, like we can't get anything right or ever change.

We might think; 'I have to start somewhere', yet have no idea where 'somewhere' actually is. 

The thing is, 'the next best thing' is where we start.

It occurred to me the other day...

I was having a pretty blah day and didn't feel like the greatest human being. 

My house was a mess. 
I'd been impatient and snappy with my children. 
I didn't get much work done, and I felt pretty low.

But as I lay in bed at the end of the day, I looked to my left and saw my scriptures. And I thought; 'the next decision I make is how I start. I just have to choose the next best thing that I can do for myself.'

It really is that simple. 


  1. That's a great way to look at it, thank you for sharing. I'm looking forward to finding the next best thing now to do with my day too now!

  2. I love this! Thank you. I needed it today. <3


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