Good Afternoon, God!
For years I’ve read about animals locked up in cages for so long that when the door was left open the animals didn’t even think about walking out.
And, God, every once in a while I wonder if there are doors in my life that I either haven’t seen . . . or haven’t thought to open . . . let alone walk through.
There are some Closed Doors (areas of Learned Helplessness) that I AM aware of. Spelling, Languages, Meticulousness. In those I have tried and failed and given up. I have accepted that I am just “not good” at those things. They look like Locked Doors to me.
But mostly, I don’t think about the “doors” in my life at all.
And this is true even though l loved Carol Dweck’s book Mindset which talks about how we are not nearly as FIXED or LIMITED as we assume. Dr. Dweck stresses the importance of Hard Work in mastery as opposed to resting on Fixed Intelligence. I loved the IDEA of Hard Work. I just haven’t applied it to my every day life.
Then New Year’s Eve I dropped our oldest daughter, Suzanne, off at the airport and went to park the car. The parking garage is being renovated so there are a lot of parts blocked off. As I was walking up toward the crossover walkway I saw a chainlink fence — apparently blocking the entrance. Bummers!, I thought, and I almost turned around. But, I went a few more yards so I could see around the corner and there on the right side was an open door!
I had only pushed on a few more feet. Not really “hard work” but it was enough to see that the door was open.
Please, God, in this New Year may I have eyes to see all the Open Doors around me!