Doors are a part of our lives, both at work and at home. Some doors are open and some doors are closed, but not all closed doors are inaccessible. That’s why you need to try the door when you encounter a closed door.
Recently one of my daughters asked if I would take her to the Greenside Post Office to collect a parcel she was expecting from overseas. I asked her to find out what their closing time was and she did – it was 17:30. We then agreed that we would go after work one day as I finished at 16:30, which gave us more than enough time to make the 15 minute trip there.
On the day, we duly left at 16:30 and arrived at the Post Office at 16:45. The Post Office was a small one and there was an open parking place right outside of it which I duly took. As we pulled in to the parking space, we both looked at the Post Office which had ceiling to floor windows, and noticed that it looked very quiet. There was no-one inside – this side or that side of the counter.
“It looks like it’s closed,” I commented.
“But the Post Office web site said they closed at 17:30,” came the response from my daughter.
“Well it doesn’t look like there’s anything happening in there,” I added, somewhat disappointed that we had made a trip for nothing.
Then, on a hunch, I suggested to her, “Just go and try the door …”
She hopped out of the car, tried the door and … the door opened. As she walked through, a person emerged behind the counter – he had obviously been sitting down and was out of sight from where we were in the car.
By the time I had joined my daughter inside (in a matter of seconds), she was already receiving her parcel and we were on our way back to the car.
The reason I’m telling you this story is to show you that the very ordinary things in life have very powerful lessons for us. This isn’t a story about trying a Post Office door. It’s a story about challenging boundaries we so often take for granted as being immovable.
Next time you are faced with a “closed door” – a situation that seems like a dead end, a no hoper – I urge you to simply try the door. Just turn the handle or push a little and you may be surprised to find the door open. You see, a closed door is not necessarily a locked door. It’s a matter of perception and reality. You look at a door that’s closed and you see a locked door, while it may be a door waiting to be opened. I’m going to repeat this point because it is critically important that you grasp it: a closed door is not necessarily a locked door.
What “closed doors” are you currently facing? Are they career doors, family doors, relationship doors, personal doors that nobody else knows about? Just “try the door” and see what happens. Some of them may indeed be locked, and accept that those doors were never meant to be opened by you. Locked doors provide clarity for you by telling you which doors you shouldn’t go through. Many of them will however open, and those are the ones meant for you. Don’t try to open a door by force. If they’re unlocked, they will open without any great effort. If it’s meant to open for you, it will open without any force needed.
Life consists of a series of doors. If you don’t try any of the doors you encounter, you’re only going to live half a life, so try the doors that come in front of you because they will lead to wonderful opportunities that will cause you to grow to be more than what you are. And we only rise to greatness by becoming more than we are right now!
by Alan Hosking: Publisher of HR Future, South Africa’s human strategy magazine, and a Leadership Renewal Coach for senior executives.
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