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357 Days ’til 40: Slammed Doors, Opened Windows

01 Mar

Doors of Closure, Windows of Opportunity

Every individual I know has had doors shut (or slammed) in their lives.  These closed doors can bring great stress and devastation in a person’s life.  I am going to use my sister as my example (without her permission, but I do not think she reads this blog often, so she probably won’t even catch me!)  Anyhow, my sister’s first job was hell for her.  She was working as an elementary school teacher for a principal who was very critical of first year teachers.  She was so miserable that she quit after 4 months and did not finish the school year with the class.  Shortly after she left she was hired by a company that required an in-person training.  The employees stayed in a hotel for a few weeks while they were training them.  While at her job training, my sister met her husband (they have been married for almost 7 years and have an adorable son).

Her miserable job situation forced her to make a touch decision to resign.  As horrible as it was, she closed the door to an educational career.  When she opened a window with a new company, she met her husband.  As painful as her teaching position was, had she not suffered the pain she may still be single and teaching today.

Often when doors slam we will find windows of opportunity around the corner.  If we are able to view the closed doors as opportunities for new beginnings and growth, it makes it easier for us to be receptive when the windows open in our lives.  When a door shuts in our life, can we find the strength to take a big breath and gain closure so that we can truly move on to the next opportunity life has in store for us?  I know that, no matter how painful the change is, I do not want my life to remain stagnant.  By allowing myself to be open to new opportunities I place myself in a position to be receptive of all the new gifts life has to offer.

Today will a door close or a window open in your life?  Either way, I hope that your closed doors make way for beautiful windows of opportunity, new life and growth.

~400daystil40

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11 responses to “357 Days ’til 40: Slammed Doors, Opened Windows

  1. shauna

    March 1, 2012 at 01:41

    Totally caught you!! :-)

     
  2. shauna

    March 1, 2012 at 02:24

    Actually I read almost all of them, so I totally caught you :-P

     
    • 400daystil40

      March 1, 2012 at 08:09

      I stand corrected! I am impressed! Thank you! :)

       
  3. Me

    March 8, 2012 at 04:03

    I was going to comment, “Ooooo, she’s gonna* catch you,” but I see she did. ;)

     
  4. norinep

    March 17, 2012 at 15:15

    Lol, I’ve had many doors slammed in my life and some I’ve been fortunate to keep from slamming, at the cost of a few fingertips. :)

    Life seems to be full of doors closing, some violently, others gently with little sound or fanfare. But life goes on for most; for some, that last slammed door is the final one.

     
    • 400daystil40

      March 17, 2012 at 15:21

      Thanks for your comment! I wonder if that is where resiliency comes in – those who manage to find the new doors and open windows make it (even if they break a finger or two!!!) The ones who struggle are probably less resilient – and you hope that they are able to find their way and not get lost in the disappointments of life.

       
  5. Jewel Peat

    March 23, 2012 at 00:14

    I like this web blog very much, Its a very nice berth to read and find info. “What is a committee A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.” by Richard Harkness.

     
  6. elpulloverazul

    March 27, 2012 at 07:41

    hi! this is true. decisions mark our life. small and big ones. you never know what can change your life :) have a nice day!

     
    • 400daystil40

      March 27, 2012 at 09:21

      Yes, it is so very true! Thanks for your comment!

       

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