Quite often I write about how arches, wainscoting, stain glass, moulding, materials and colors of doors and doorways can enhance the interior design of a room. You’ll have to take my word on this because I can’t take credit for any of those ghost blogging articles. I have a great appreciation for beautiful doorways and grand entrances. In a home, they’re portals into another room. In life, they can be a hindrance or an aid on the journey of life.
On that theme, I’m revisiting and reposting a blog from my Corbin Creations blog again tonight. It’s rather late and I don’t think I’m coherent enough to plunk out a new and meaningful post. Rereading this one really turned the tumblers on some of my mental and emotional locks so perhaps it can do the same for you…
Through Doorways – 1/18/2013
We’ve all done it. Walked up to a door and tried to pull on it when it’s a push open or push on it when it’s a pull open. It can be embarrassing, especially if we do it with the same door more than once. Why can’t we do it right the first time? Why didn’t we pay attention? How could we keep forgetting?
Doorways and passages in the journey of life are no different. There are those doors that we keep pushing on with all our might but they refuse to budge. We try a different approach by pulling on the door but it still won’t give and yet the handle turns meaning that the door is unlocked. Then we start to wonder why that particular door is locked to us, especially if it’s one we’re sure should be open to us by now. Where did we go wrong? Will the door open for someone else? Or is the timing just wrong and we have to wait a while longer?
Sometimes the best course of action for such stubborn doors is to just move on and try a different doorway. This doesn’t mean we can’t someday come back to that door and test it again but our journey should not center around something that is barring our path. Some doorways will be wide open to us and some of us will step right through those fearlessly while others will wonder why they’re open. Is it a trick? What lies beyond the door? What if we don’t like what we find? Doorways are always open to us for a reason and the longer we stand there succumbing to doubt and fear the more likely it is that the door will close on us and we’ll never get our answers.
Fear can cripple us and prevent us from ever taking those forward steps that will bring us to a more promising future. We stand there holding onto a door handle pulling, pushing and wiggling it because we’re afraid that letting go will undo all the progress we’ve made to open that door, even if we’ve made no real progress at all. There comes a point when we just have to let go, drop our hands, wipe the sweat from our palms and turn a different direction. Look for another door that speaks to you and try opening it and who knows what you’ll find. Not every door will open to you but those that do are meant to be walked through. Even if you have to close your eyes to do it, step through that open doorway and experience what lies beyond.