I'm not sure to what degree doubt and certainty coexist, I just know there's a link.
A while back I wrote a post about things I am convinced of, so a post related to doubt was something I wanted to write in response. It's valuable to note that being certain of something does not preclude the absence of doubt. Certainty will do it's best to expose doubt, and vice versa.
After Nancy got up from the table where she was resting, she knew that all eyes would be on her. Some would watch empathetically because they knew how she felt, others would watch out of sheer curiosity to see how she would react. They were waiting to see if she was limping, or bleeding, or crying. They wondered if she would just put on a brave face and continue, or if embarrassment would force her to make a quick getaway.
Nancy could not help feeling like she was on display. Several moments after her fall, kids were still staring at her. When she came back to check on her tables some of the customers would ask if she was okay, while others would remind her that she had taken a "pretty big fall back there". Neither response was very helpful.
What was really bothering Nancy was not her hip (although that was becoming more sore by the minute) rather it was an unnerving feeling that she was no longer qualified to be a waitress. She was paralyzed by the thought that all she wanted to do was quit.
Nancy understood that being a waitress wasn't the most sought after job in the world, but she was good at it. She enjoyed it. She had been doing it for as long as anybody at the diner could remember. She identified being a waitress with service --and for her that was more of a mindset than a job.
Now, though, she wasn't sure about continuing on as a waitress. In fact, the whole messy situation left her doubting a lot of things in her life.
Falling will do that to you.