open door



i had a cat when i was a teenager who would run through any door as soon as it was opened-- only to find himself in a closet or face-to-face with a dog-- or, sometimes, outside in the great, open world (which i think is what he was hoping for every time). he didn't care-- he'd just try again the very next time someone opened a door.

but for the rest of us, opening a new door and walking through can be one of the hardest things we do in a given day/week/lifetime.

there are so many obstacles-- routine, fear, uncertainty-- to our trying something new, opening ourselves to a new person, or creating a new way of life for ourselves. the older we get, the more times we have been burned, rejected, or turned-down in one way or another-- the more that opening new doors can be WAY outside our comfort zone. going out on our own and starting a new business, applying for a new job, making a new friend, opening ourselves to a new person romantically-- and yes, painting our kitchen in a new color, trying tile on the counter instead of granite, or even organizing our bedroom closets can feel too overwhelmingly new for some of us.

the thing i have learned (as a person who goes through open doors often) is that anything that happens is ultimately going to be okay-- it may not look anything like i thought it was going to, but it is going to be okay. along the way i learn things about myself and the world that are incredibly valuable. and, (and this is important) i don't need to run through EVERY open door--at times i can walk cautiously and therefore learn that some of those doors lead to closets before i am all the way in there.

but most of the time? it's spring out there folks. open those doors and feel the warm air, smell the grass and the damp earth-- see the sunshine. there is all kinds of possibility through that open door that you can only ever know about if you walk right through.

i'll just follow that cat.

2 comments:

Carmel said...

Really liked this post, thank you.

shopgirl said...

thanks, carmel!

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