“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” Coco Chanel
Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open. Pauline Kael
I love taking pictures of doors and my favorite shades tend to be red and orange doors, followed by white, blue, and then other colors. Orange doors are hard to come by so the Kyoto Temple door remains one of my all time favorite doors. There is something about a door that makes you wonder what’s behind it… Some tell happy stories and some mask experiences of horror and shame. Either way, I see doors as positive symbols of growth and prosperity but we must open them and venture out into the world. Doors open us to possibilities – we must walk through them to get from here … to there.
“Why do you stay in prison When the door is so wide open? Rumi
You have to come to your closed doors before you get to your open doors… What if you knew you had to go through 32 closed doors before you got to your open door? Well, then you’d come to closed-door number eight and you’d think, ‘Great, I got another one out of the way’… Keep moving forward. Joel Osteen
My collages are a mixture of door from around the world and even some doors in my neighborhood. Because I recently wrote a post that featured a lot of doors, I knew that I needed to take some new ones and add a few more to my collection. I took a walk this morning and carried my DSLR Canon camera with me. I was determined to find more doors and, like Joel Osteen suggested above, to keep moving forward. Some of the shots in the collage are from that walkabout. I enjoyed the exercise as it gave a\me a chance to explore the gardens again and I captured a few more photos of plants and deer… Yes, the deer are not afraid of us at all. I might upload a shot of one glaring back as I strolled along. Their nature doors lead to our doors.
“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” John Barrymore
In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself. Jiddu Krishnamurti
I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. Rabindranath Tagore
I love all the quotes I found, but the two above by Krishnamurti and Tagore gave me much to ponder. We do hold the key to our happiness door, and we must do everything we can to open it, keep it oiled and nourished, and let others we love and trust enter it to communicate and celebrate with us. A closed-door has nothing to give back to the world… Stay alert to those doors that open quietly and walk bravely through them.
“There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”Graham Greene
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed-door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. Alexander Graham Bell
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Milton Berle
I hope you enjoyed your visit and my collection of doors. Do come back for more and take some time to create a collection of your favorites snap shots… Over time, you will find that your hobby will give you insights about life and much joy too. Go for it!
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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: DOORS For this week’s photo challenge, publish a new post with a photo of a door (or multiple doors!). Consider how color affects the image, but also think about size, shape, texture, and details — how might these elements add up to tell a story? Ready to walk on through? This week, share an image of a door.
Positive Motivation Tip: Doors are great pathways to ourselves and to all the things that can help us grow and prosper. Step fearlessly through that open door and embrace your great good fortune.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.