“When your failures surround you, and all the open doors have closed, look up. There’s a door that never closes, a way, when all the other ways have failed you.” Yasmin Mogahed
A door opens to me. I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors. Antonio Porchia
Often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. Helen Keller
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. Aldous Huxley
What Does a Closed Door mean to You? Quite often, we look at a closed door as a negative symbol; it can represent a denial or rejection of expectations or opportunities but that is NOT entirely true. A closed door can be beneficial in that a denial or slammed door we experience can lead us in a new and better direction. A rejection can be a form of protection against possible adversities attached to what we might believe to be good but actually isn’t. Over the years, I have had my share of rejections and while some hurt and led nowhere, others opened new and far more beneficial doors for me. I remember one job I was so eager to have because I felt supremely qualified for it. I applied, did everything right and was in the running as one of the final 3 candidates.
When the choice was made and 2 of us were cut, I was very upset. As far as I was concerned, I was the most qualified for the position but that didn’t matter. They picked someone else and I had to move on. The door closed on that position and I found a far more rewarding opportunity that was growth driven and helped me learn new skills. Many months later, I heard the position had opened again. This time, I was not in a hurry because I also learned that it was not an ideal work environment to be in. The Closed Door had offered me protection and a new direction, not rejection. Think of your closed door experiences and the lessons learned.
“Nothing in life has happened to you. It’s happened for you. Every disappointment. Every wrong. Even every closed door has helped make you into who you are.” Joel Osteen
Another train will come. Why rush? Why worry? Why go crazy? Another train will come. And sure enough, another train going my way was pulling into the station. My bad mood evaporated. I entered the car smiling, certain that there would be more missed trains in my life, more closed doors in my face, but there would always be another train rumbling down the tracks in my direction. Esmeralda Santiago
We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors. Lyndon B. Johnson
Is it Wise To Walk Away? I know we have all heard sayings about breaking down doors, walking through closed doors to grab at our opportunities but, is this sage advice 100% of the time? I don’t think so. Sure, we want doors of opportunity to open for us and we also want to be prepared for the challenges and growth that come from our experiences. However, there are times when we can choose to not walk through certain doors or be grateful that some doors stay shut. If walking through a door would lead us into a chaotic or hostile situation, it would be best to leave the door closed. Why? Because it is a mark of honor to avoid an unnecessary fight; especially a fight with someone who has nothing to lose. So, just as we are encouraged to choose our battles, we must also meditate on the wisdom of choosing our doors. If we pay attention and reflect on our situations, we will soon understand more about our outcomes. They are not random. Think about your own experiences.
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03/04 – Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, American Red Cross Month, 08 International Women’s Day, World Kidney Day, 04 Academy Awards
03/11 – 11 Daylight Savings, 14 Pi Day, 15 World Consumer Rights Day, 17 St Patrick’s Day
03/18 – 19 St Joseph, 20 International Day of Happiness, 21 World poetry Day, 22 World Water day, 24 Earth Hour
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“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
The doors of wisdom are never shut. Benjamin Franklin
I knew well that the only way I could get that door open was to knock it down; because I knocked all of them down. Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander
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
The lips of the wise are as the doors of a cabinet; no sooner are they opened, but treasures are poured out before thee. Akhenaton
Is Your Door Open or Closed? While we are on the subject of external doors, we need to consider the internal doors we carry around with us. They are as important (maybe more so) as the real, concrete doors we encounter in our lives. As I mentioned earlier, a closed door can be beneficial in that a denial or slammed door we experience can lead us in a new and better direction. A rejection can be a form of protection against possible adversities attached to what we might believe to be good for us but actually isn’t. But, far more important are the internal doors we carry with us. Happiness is an inside job and external factors offer a temporary band aid. If we don’t take care of our inner dialog and work through our baggage, we’d stay stuck in certain areas of our lives. How many of our internal doors are sealed shut because of hurts and fears? Food for thought. We are here to experience life’s ups and downs and to be a blessing to others… So use affirmations to refocus on what feeds/fuels you. BREATHE! More affirmations later
READ: Reflections: Change Happens – A Story…
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Positive Motivation Tip: Closed doors lead to Better doors. Stay faithful
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