Friday, May 13, 2016

Open doors & choices

Last Sunday I heard a wonderful sermon about doors. Opening doors. Closing doors. So many doors, literal and figurative. It reminds me of the quote from Flora Whittemore: "The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live."

Think about it. Doors open up, or close, in relationships. In our careers. In retirement choices. In the thoughts we choose to think and what we focus on: negative or positive. In what we choose to read. Or watch on TV. Doors to what activities we choose. Attitudes we adopt. And so much more.

All of these choices make a difference to the kind of lives we lead.

For example, when I got up this morning, I saw no sunshine. It was overcast and appeared nearly ready to rain. I could have chosen to be grumpy. I have an extremely long to-do list today (this entire month, really). I can choose to be completely stressed-out about that (and to be perfectly honest, I have gone to that place more than once this month!!)—or I can simply take one thing at a time and get done what needs to be done. I can choose to enjoy the simple fact that I'm breathing in and out, that I have a home that's warm and beautiful, that I have a loving and amazing family and several pretty wonderful friends. Or I can choose to shut the door to such gratitude and instead choose to complain about those things I do not have. Choices. Always lots of choices. Each day we open doors and we close doors. And thus our lives move forward either in gratitude and joy or in disappointment and pain. What we do with these doors we face determines the path we follow and how that path feels for us.

What will it be today for you?

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