I saw this in Paulo Coelho’s Facebook post yesterday and the words seem strange. I tried to make sense of it and i only understood it yesterday evening.
You see, i wasn’t feeling quite well yesterday and was contemplating if i should go for class. And in the evening, after i crossed the traffic junction at my office on my way home, i decided to head back to my office to get my gi. “When in doubt, do it”.
I wasn’t too sure if i could make it to class, my body’s kinda beat, and mentally i was a little drain, part of me wants to head home for a good sleep. That was the ‘doubt’. the ‘do it’ part is where action overcomes the doubt.
Of course the ‘do it’ part could easily swayed the other way, heading home to rest is also another ‘do it’. the issue i had with paulo’s words is that sure, ‘ when in doubt, do it.’ Do what?
So yesterday, I stood at the junction and thought back, my sensei, in his seventies, has been ill before and still have his obligation to turn up for class. He was recently coughing quite badly, and never once did he not showed up. ‘Com’on!’ i told myself. If that old man can turn up for class like a swiss watch, what is a little sore throat, headache about? So i ‘do it’. and found my answer, the ‘do what?’ will answer itself if your purpose is clear. the doubt will clear itself if the doing is done. ‘Right’ doing or not? follow your heart.