Welcoming doubt

iStockphoto - gordian knotPatti Digh asked this question on Twitter.  “What do you do when you are unsure?” and followed the question with  “Doubt can be as powerful and sustaining as certainty….”  (from the recent film Doubt)

Last night I was reading actress Sheila Hancock’s Just Me, the second of two books she has penned since the death of her husband John Thaw.  It’s about her experience of creating new ways of being after losing someone you love.   Quotations begin each chapter.  This one particularly resonated given the thoughts provoked by Patti’s question.

Neither look forward where there is doubt, nor backward where there is regret.  Look inward and ask yourself not if there is anything out in the world that you want and had better grab quickly before nightfall, but whether there is anything inside you that you have not yet unpacked.

From the play Resident Alien: Quentin Crisp Explains it All by Tim Fountain.

Lynn Walsh – workshop and meeting facilitator – Sydney

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  1. How synchronous! I was reading ‘Just Me’ a couple of nights ago, too. Came across the same quotation you did and this morning, in looking for it online, found you. Will be exploring your site with interest. I’d also like to take the opportunity to recommend Sheila Hancock’s books to others – both so good I’ll re-read them again soon. Much to learn there.

  2. I came across this quote tonight in a TV production of an Englishman in New York – about Quentin Crisp. It is so good isn’t it? He was referring to those who are outsiders – encouraging them to remain as outsiders rather than trying to join the mainstream – arguing that “In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis.”

    I have enjoyed browsing your other posts as well. Thank you.

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