It’s Sunday here in Paris. The weather is growing colder and it bounces between drizzling rain and blinding sun. It is difficult to decide whether to open a window for the breeze and life that is Paris, or keep it shut against the elements. Oh, the decisions! LOL……..
It reminded me of a one of those inspirational quotes I read the other day. You know the kind that gets on everyone’s board on Pinterest. It went like this:
When a door closes, open it again. It’s a door. That’s how they work.
Of course, I laughed. Because we have all heard, if not used the expression, “When a door closes, a window opens.” It is a variation of scripture from Malachi 3:10, “When God closes a door, He opens a window.”
The point is that we get so caught up in a certain path, or plan, that when “it” doesn’t work out, “we” freak out. Malachi was trying to tell us to be open to new options, new choices, a new plan.
The writer of the quote above was saying the same thing, only he was pointing out that a closed door, is just a closed door. We have the choice of opening it again. That may not be how we see it, but that is the reality of it.
And that is how plans work too. We spend blood, sweat and tears pouring ourselves into the perfect solution, or idea that will transport us from whatever pain, challenge or discomfort we are in, to something better, easier, grander. We work out every detail, exactly what has to happen when and who has to do what. We script our life and the lives of everyone around us, just to keep the door open. And if our plans are thwarted or postponed we go into a tailspin, fearful we will never recover.
When all along the door was supposed to close, because that’s how doors work.
What would happen, if instead of becoming overwhelmed with despair or discouragement, we simply “opened” the door again?
That is one of the most beautiful things about a writing life. We can pour all our fear, anguish, frustration into our words. We can write all day, or all month about the pain of loss, or the unfairness of the world.
One of two things will happen. Either we will write ourselves out of the despair we feel, or we will write ourselves into opening the door. It’s like magic. I have seen it happen over and over again.
And the bonus of that is that we will have gained insight we can then pass on to someone else in a same, or similar place. What a bonus gift.
Isn’t that just freaking awesome to think about?
Writing can help us open the door, or climb through the window.
So, here is my suggestion for this Magic Monday. Open the door. Yep, open it. I happen to believe what Malachi wrote, but if you don’t, open your own door. You don’t have to wait for something or someone else to open it for you. So just start.
Do you want to write a book? Great! Start today. NaNoWriMo month starts in November. You still have time to sign up.
Do you want to rewrite your life into the one you know you should be living, your Masterpiece life? Start writing about it today.
Do you want things to be fair? Well, the bad news here is that they probably never will be, but your voice can go a long way toward bringing an awareness that can bring fairness and equality closer to reality.
Don’t be silent.
Write about the things you believe in. Things that inspire you
Don’t put off your dreams.
Write your dreams out. It brings them closer.
Don’t put off your writing.
A daily writing practice can happen in as little as 15 minutes per day
I have several free tools and lots of weekly tips, advice from pros, an open forum for you to submit your own work, you name it.
Today is the day………. Relax and Write!
If you still aren’t sure how to start, shoot me an email and let’s talk about it.
See you tomorrow for Tantalizing Tuesday in Paris.