doubt means don't.
I read a post the other day by Bridget McNulty describing Oprah’s take on intuition and how to trust that voice inside your head. This reminded me of hearing Oprah a few years ago talk about how “Doubt means don’t” in terms of making decisions and how I've taken that advice to heart.
Recently, I have been struggling with making a decision about the possibility of moving to another area. Portland or San Francisco? Or France? Or anywhere. Sometimes too many choices can be paralyzing. I know I want to do something, to invite some sort of adventure into my life. But, I couldn't figure out where that adventure will take place. I know that I want to take some time off from work to travel. I know that I want to do something creative at whatever my new job may be. I know that I want to shift my life towards things that make me happy. I demand that for myself, but it is a challenge. All of this I know, intuitively. I'm still working out the hows of everything, but I know that it will be. The one piece that I haven't figured out is where all this will happen.
I've worked so hard at making a decision about where I wanted to go -- but I couldn't resolve it. And then I realized, I don’t actually have to. I know that I eventually want to move to another area and settle down, but perhaps not yet. And that’s okay. It’s fine for me to stay put for a while and focus on other things in my life. It’s fine for me to say, “I’m not ready yet.” And in not making a decision, I found my decision.