Someone recently said this to me, “Thank you for bringing blessings into my life!” My response was, “Thank you for opening the door.”
By the end of this post, you may feel compelled to do the one thing you thought you’d never do. This post might make your excuses to change unacceptable moving forward or give you the gentle push you need to take the next step.
Maybe you thought you’d never fall in love again because of a bad relationship in your past. Or you’ve given up the idea of working for yourself because you have bills to pay. The idea of being debt free seems out of reach so why tease yourself with the possibility? Or, most importantly, maybe you’ve given up on eating healthier, changing unhealthy habits, or taking on a physical challenge that seems impossible.
You’ve closed the door to so many things for 3 reasons:
Those things are painful, but we all experience them. Some move through with new perspective and others close doors, usually without knowing it. Slowly and quietly we close doors, add layers of locks, and forget about the possibility on the other side. In an effort to protect ourselves from the bad stuff, we completely shut out the good stuff.
You might call it building up walls, but I prefer to think of our aversion to something scary, new or different as a door instead of a wall. Opening a door is so much easier than tearing down a wall.
Open the door by
- asking for help
- leaving the past in the past
- realizing we are more alike than you think
- making eye contact
- listening to how your heart responds to a new idea
- taking action; just one small step puts you on the other side of the door
- trading comfort and complacency for real health and happiness
- admitting that you don’t know the answers
- moving through fear and uncertainty
There are people who love you (hello, I love you!), people who will inspire you, and great resources to help you with whatever you desire, but you have to let them in. You have to open the door.
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We have so much to learn from each other, but only when we open the door, open our hearts and open our lives to change will we have the power to make a difference.