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Doors and Windows and Ventilation Shafts

August 30, 2010

We all know that quote of Alexander Graham Bell’s that has become more of a cliche than a source of inspiration:

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.

Oh, yeah, Maddy’s going to use that overused quote again. Don’t run away.

I really did feel a sudden urge to write about this, and feel the urge even more after reading this Guest Post on Pimp My Novel about envy.

Madeleine’s message? It might not be a door that opens, but a window. Or a ventilation shaft. Either way, if you try hard enough and face your overwhelming claustrophobia and sock it in the face, you can make it through to the other side. Take advantage of opportunity, no matter how small. Even if it’s so small that your shoulders get stuck every four squirms.

(And I’m claustrophobic, so you really should take this post seriously.)

When a friend goes through a door and slams it in your face, take the ventilation shaft that’s suddenly appeared to your right. Start wriggling.

Take advantage of every inch you can move forward, because progress is progress. Every bit of leverage and every opportunity presented to you is a gift. Not grabbing it and hugging it to yourself is the same as returning it unopened right to the gift-giver. Aka, rude.

I encourage you to face claustrophobia (any opposition), work through it (ignore it), and make it to the other side (progress).

Because even ventilation shafts lead to something new – something you can’t see from the other side, but must trust is there.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2010 1:04 PM

    Maddy, I really love this post. You’re absolutely right–even if progress isn’t as dramatic as we may hope, it’s still progress. And all the little victories add up…

    • September 1, 2010 11:48 PM

      They certainly do! 100 words a day can make an incredible difference.

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