Do You Know When to Close Doors and When to Open Them?

Sometimes it feels like a never-ending transition from one struggle to another. Other times, there aren’t any arising problems or drama; it’s just moving from one season, degree plan, job, or city to another. I know from experience the feeling a dichotomy like living in more than once place or maintaining friendships in multiple social circles can bring. The phrase, “being spread too thin” feels too real when planting roots in a new season while still holding on to old ties. While rose-colored lenses can make this look like: “Multiple homes! So many friends! So many places to go!” be wary of these ties that bind becoming knotted.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with the open hearted, wide-eyed desire to gain all, see all and be all. This can be a beautiful attribute but one can benefit from putting into practice the act of closing doors. It is true that what you do on a small scale renders itself onto a larger one. I have found the nightly pre-bedtime exercise of mentally closing various doors from the day to be extremely beneficial to bringing rest and preparing oneself for the next day. Close the door on the little things like a bad day at the office. Continue to work on visually closing the door on a larger struggle like the tumultuous end to a relationship or loss of something dear to you. When we allow those passages to shut we open ourselves up to new experiences. I’m going to reiterate this life-giving truth: When we actively allow passages to shut we open ourselves up to the possibility of new experiences.

We can be thankful to the encounters we live and the people, places and seasons we learn from. In fact, it is by being grateful to even the sourest of struggles that we open ourselves to the possibility of better seasons, more enriching relationships, and empowered readiness for what we permit to come next.

Places That Inspire

Places That Inspire

From the outdoors to the comfort of your living room and a cup of tea, actively seeking out and placing yourself in inspiring environments will stoke your inner fire and protect your joy.

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Which of these ways of creating a sacred space appeal to you?

– Have a mug or mason jar to put your to-go coffee/tea/water in. There is a sense of grounding in its permanence that those disposable paper and plastic cups just can’t match.

– When you finally get a chance to eat, clear the clutter from your work desk and set up a place setting. Just for yourself. You deserve your own hospitality.

– Keep a favored book near your workspace. Simply seeing it there can remind you of how it inspired you.

– Hang or pot some small plants. Those lil things are breathing. You can too.

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What are some of your ideas?