Dreams Don't Work Unless You Do


Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. -T.S. Eliot I believe that doors open and close for reasons that we typically don't understand. Most of us read the signs as they are given: opportunity is readily available, take it. Opportunity is lost, walk away. We look for these signs as if they are the road map to our lives, sending us in different directions with each "yes" and "no".

I believe that, as people, we can easily get off course through our own selfish ambition and misguided judgement. I believe that God gave us "doors" to help show us when something may or may not be a good decision. However, I also believe that we sometimes misinterpret what a door is telling us. Yes, doors can open and shut, but some closed doors have handles that beg us to push harder and go the extra mile. 

It's a misconception that doors will always direct your life in some cosmic way. I have had moments where the doors in my life have been so clear that I couldn't possibly misinterpret them, but I've also had moments where no finite answer is ever given. These "doors", the ones that we can't quite close or open, are the ones that require some effort on our part. Free will exists so that we can have a choice, and viewing every closed door as the end of the road is a waste of that choice.

This is risky; sometimes, we may go too far and mess up. But, living life with the attitude that every closed door means no will never allow you to grow. Living passively, waiting for someone else to call the shots in your game, will always be the safer choice, but that doesn't make it right. Some doors can't open unless you put some backbone into it, turn the handle, and push them open yourself.

Dreams don't work unless you do, and your dream might be on the other side of a currently closed door.