Am I doing this right?


This is a continual theme that seems to be playing through most of our heads from a very young age into adulthood. When studying philosophy, I always remind myself that there is a paradoxical nature to it. Meaning for any great thought there’s also an opposing thought that is equally great and useful.

When working with people, particularly in private, a common reoccurring question they ask is, “Am I doing this right?” It’s a valid thought and it’s a valid question particularly when it comes to the mechanics of the body and making sure your joint angles are correctly aligned.

From a mental and spiritual perspective, I firmly believe you were born doing it right. As you began to move along with your life you began doubting what you were born with. Although doubt can be very healthy, this thought "Am I doing it right?” can turn into a neurosis that we want to be mindful to keep in balance.

Michelangelo was once asked how he carved the Pieta. His response was golden: he answered that it was already there and he simply chipped away at the marble to expose it. You are the Pieta. Keep chipping away at thoughts like “Am I doing it right?”.


-- Johnny

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