When Doubt Serves

Days that crush the positive outlook we attempt to cultivate come – what? – like a devil wanting us to lose all heart or like an angel to dispel illusions? Doubt in oneself can be the worst enemy. But it isn’t always.

Rainer Maria Rilke says that doubt can “become one of your best servants — perhaps one of the most intelligent of those who help you build your life.” Confidence is imperative; doubt is wise. The balance between the two is enlightenment, I think. This I seek.

3 Responses to “When Doubt Serves”

  1. joyparker Says:

    Again, I just marvel at how you can express a complex thought so clearly and beautifully in words. This blog is something I will be thinking about for a long time to come. Yes, we do see doubt as something negative, but you have shown us that it can be our servant. Thank you for your wise insight.

    P.S. Perhaps the opposite of never entertaining doubts is gullibility, certainly not a strength.

  2. Tayria Ward Says:

    Thanks, Joy. I think I would say the opposite is naiveté more than gullibility. How is your voice? Ready for more dreamwork? Let me know… love to you.

  3. Josi Says:


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