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Cherish Your Doubts

I LOVE this piece by Robert T. Weston on doubt. As you go about your day making choices and decisions, you may have doubts.  It’s a normal part of life. As with all Drama, I encourage you to allow your doubts to serve you well. Robert Weston gives us great advice on how this can be done!

“Cherish your doubts, for doubt is the attendant of truth.

Doubt is the key to the door of knowledge; it is the servant of discovery.

A belief which may not be questioned binds us to error, for there is incompleteness and imperfection in every belief.

Doubt is the touchstone of truth; it is an acid which eats away the false.

Let no one fear for the truth, that doubt may consume it; for doubt is a testing of belief.

The truth stands boldly and unafraid; it is not shaken by the testing:

For truth, if it be truth, arises from each testing stronger, more secure.

Those that would silence doubt are filled with fear; their houses are built on shifting sands.

But those who fear not doubt, and know it’s use, are founded on rock.

They shall walk in the light of growing knowledge; the work of their hands shall endure.

Therefore, let us not fear doubt, but let us rejoice in its help:

It is to the wise as a staff to the blind; doubt is the attendant of truth.”

(From the Unitarian Universalist hymnal.)

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  • 1 CMA July 2, 2015, 8:32 am

    Yeah! nicely written. Reminds me of a page from Oprah’s magazine I tore out and put on my version of a VisionBoard. I found it on the internet (what else is new? One can find just about anything on the internet! )

    18. Doubt means don’t. Don’t move. Don’t answer. Don’t rush forward.

    Personally, I sometimes feel pressured to respond immediately to things. I was about to say “pressured by others,” but the truth is most of the time I’m pressuring myself, and I believed that others won’t wait, or feared the drama that may come from laying a boundary/asking for time.

    So! I do leverage “pregnant pauses” more than ever now, when I’ve got that wiggly niggly feeling in my gut. I infuse time into the dynamic, and more often than not, it’s been to my advantage. AND there’s such a great feeling that comes from taking that time I need, feeling ok about not answering or rushing forward (I come first Touchstone anyone?), making the decision in due course, and watching all the puzzle pieces clink into place.

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