The axiom, When one door closes another opens; was recorded in 1586 and credited to Lazarillo-, tr.D. Rowland, When one doore is shut the other openeth. Through the ages many others are credited with a similar statement. A more recent quote by D. Sanders,_Queen Sends for Mrs. Chadwick_. 1979, is quoted, I do not accept that I have…come to the end of the road….When one door closes, another one opens.
Being able to turn your attention from the closed door that you considered the door to our desires is difficult. It is more difficult to not only notice that another door has opened, but to consider the possibilities that the open door holds. It is difficult to consider because we tend to need to process the loss of the previous door’s perceived bounty and to step into the unknown of the newly opened door. It is the unknown that stops us in our tracks.
Even though the door that closed is no longer viable, many people continue to focus on it believing that if one focuses on it longer, one will get different results. The fact is the door is what it is – nothing more nothing less. The next door is a different door, thus, it is wise to check that door to see if it contains what you need to create what you desire.
Maybe the door only has one nugget to give you toward your goal. Many people take the nugget and run for the next door, because it too is open. Other people see the single nugget and complain that it wasn’t more. Some people will continue complaining about being cheated and do nothing. Or walk away from the nugget. Then what? What if the nugget contained the key to achieving your goal?
“When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell
The moral of the story: Check every door. Consider everything that comes into view. Choose wisely.
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