Doubt is a mischievous little thing. It sneaks up on you unknowingly. It lurks in the shadows of your mind, waiting for an opportunity to spring up and occupy your mind.
In a way, doubt protects us. It prevents us from being taken advantage of, from being fooled, again. It is an intellectual and emotional survival mechanism. I won't let myself be hurt. I won't over commit.
I still hold the reins.
But doubt also holds us back. What are we holding onto? We are holding onto our hearts and minds. We cannot tolerate being that vulnerable, open. If we really put ourselves out there, we are so susceptible to being hurt, being let down.
So we hold on.
We hold on and we don't let go. We look for the slightest misstep. We pounce on every incorrect utterance. "Aha! I was right all along."
You should not blindly trust people and be susceptible to their every whim and preoccupation. But with your own experience as your guide, with reason and logic as your weight, and with confidence as the full measure, it may be time to be willing to be open and vulnerable. It may be time to trust. It may also be time to doubt whatever you used to be holding onto.
Doubt the need to always protect yourself. Open your heart and mind to others, and you might be surprised what comes back to you in return.