The Words We Live By (or Not): How We Live

To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is to choose immobility as a form of transportation.
~ Life of Pi by Yann Martel 


In other words, it’s a pretty fast way to get nowhere.

Ah, doubt. It can be quite a powerful force at times, and it seems like we all inevitably have it as a companion at some point or other in our lives. It’s not really a bad thing to have a bit of doubt now and then since it can make us stop, think, and make sure of things—sometimes, make a few changes to make something better. It is when people let it become too overwhelming or too important that it becomes a problem.

Choosing doubt as one’s way of life sounds like a real headache just waiting to happen. After all, there are just so many things that we can be unsure about. Everything from “is this really going to help my future” to “what should I eat for dinner” can cause an inordinate amount of mental anguish if we let them. Sometimes, we just have to pick an option and stick with it. No one knows what the future will bring and how our choices will affect it until it happens. We may not always make the best decisions in retrospect, but that’s just the way things are. Of course, that’s not to say we shouldn’t spend some time thinking things over—as long as we eventually scrape up the courage to make that choice in a timely manner. The important thing is to keep moving forward. And if we do make a mistake, we can make the choice later on to fix it.

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