It’s Friday. Week 34 of the Marketing for Romance Authors 52-week blog challenge, and this week our prompt is Open Doors or Closed Doors?
Terrific. I have no idea what that prompt means. Is it asking whether I prefer to work with the door to my office open or closed? Is it asking if I find open doors or closed doors more intriguing? Is it asking whether I feel as if the doors in my life are open or closed? Good grief. What am I supposed to say about this topic?
Answering the first question is easy–I prefer to work with my office door wide open. I always have. Back in my days working at the federal court, I was the only judicial assistant in our particular court who kept the door to my office open. The other two always had their doors closed. To be fair, my security cameras were located at the end of a long corridor, and that door was always kept closed so I could screen visitors and decide who could enter the judge’s secure area. I could leave the door to my office open, then, which allowed me to see the other court employees as they came and went . Of course, I was lucky. The other JAs were in a more public part of the courthouse, and their only security was the door to their office.
Here at home, the door to my office is always open, as well. I don’t like the feeling of being closed in. Even when my kids were younger, I kept the doors open so they didn’t feel as if I wasn’t somehow available to them, even though they pretty much knew that the only acceptable interruptions when was in my office were for blood and extreme emergency.So…open when it comes to my office.
Which do I find more intriguing? An open door or a closed door? Probably a closed door, in theory, although depending on the circumstances, I can also find a closed door off-putting. An open door sends a very clear message. It says, “Welcome! Come on in,” while a closed door says quite clerly, “Do not disturb,” or “Go away!” But in general terms, I find closed doors more intriguing. In fact, I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to “Doors I Want to Open.” I’m quite sure that at least 99% of them are closed, but, then, if they were open, I wouldn’t want to open them, would I?
Do I feel as if the doors in my life are mostly open or closed? That’s a harder one to answer. To be perfectly honest, it depends on the day, the week, the month, and the year. There have been seasons in my life where I’ve felt as if every door was firmly shut and locked, and others where I’ve felt as if the doors were flinging wide before I could even approach them. Where do I stand today? I’d say at a firm 50/50 split.
I suppose, in reality, that’s where we always are at any given time. Sometimes we open the doors through our choices, and sometimes we close them. It’s easy to blame our circumstances on fate, or luck, someone else, or God, but I’ve been around long enough to take several good, hard, long, honest looks at myself and the truth is, whenever I’ve felt as if all the doors in my life were closed and locked, I can almost always trace the reason back to one wrong choice on my part.
On the whole, I prefer the doors in my life to be open, to luck, to opportunity, to success, and even to failure. If I’m failing, at least I know I’m trying right?
How would you answer this question?
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