I’m a huge believer that opportunities are always around us; whether we notice them or not. I also believe that we each hold and have a limited amount of space for people and experiences to appear in our lives. When our emotional and physical energy is tapped out, it's hard to see a good thing before us. In other words, when our energy is focusing on a closed door of the past, we lose our ability to see clearly what's presently in front of us.
I’ve been beyond guilty of having total blinders on to the present by focusing on and continually revisiting a closed door of my past. It can be tempting to continue to question, knock or beat down a door that has been shut. The temptation can feel even more intense when a closed door contains delicate emotions and feelings behind it that are still searching for their place to fall and feel at peace.
It's difficult to appreciate and put energy toward positive potential experiences when you're focusing on what used to be. When you're putting energy toward what no longer remains, you, consequently, take energy from seeing a good thing even if it’s right in front of you.
Let me say it straight: When you’re fixated on a closed door, you certainly can’t see an open one.
The above quote is such a great reminder that life is constantly circulating around for us. No matter what head space you’re in right now, things will be changing and the future is filled with new opportunities that have the ability to change your perspective and life. It’s up to us to be willing and open enough to acknowledge the opportunities before us and give them a chance.
Be aware of when you’re stuck focused and fixated on a closed door. There is no need for you to spend your energy on staring at and forcefully pushing on something that is shut; at least for now. Trust in your heart that a closed door will reopen if it’s meant too. Give life a chance to do it’s thing and show you the way. Pull your head up and look around. Do this as much as you can and, chances are, you will eventually see something that catches your interest and is worth a try.
* This image was taken on the Big Island, Hawaii.