They open. They close. They lead to new beginnings. They change you. They make you stronger.
So, is there truth to the saying, "when one door closes, another one opens?," today on STJ I'm sharing 4 reasons why I say absolutely, 100 times, YES!
When you've been in the same pattern or routine for so long, changing the pace can lead to growth, clarity and a new perspective. I'll never forget the internal battle I faced when I decided that would leave my comfort zone (Dallas, TX - born & raised), and took a job in Houston. No friends, no family, just a huge leap of faith that has led to more personal growth than I ever bargained for. I opened the door of possibility, and honestly, I'm forever grateful. Growth is essential. Don't be afraid to take a leap of faith.
2. MOVE ON.
Now, this door is the type of door you close and don't reopen. It's so easy to fall back into an unhealthy lifestyle, relationship, pattern or habit, but you have to know when it's time to move on. When a door closes, trust the plan, trust the door, let it go and move on. Easier said than done, right? The best way to move on is to check your focus. Is the thing you're holding on to putting you in a position to get to where you want to be in life? Is it lifting you up and pushing you forward? If the answer is no, it's time to move on.
3. LET GO.
I am the queen of distractions. When I need to let something go, I tend to start something new or give myself 1 million + 1 things to do to keep my mind off that one thing that I need to let go of. While this may work for me, I know if may not work for you, so my advice on letting go, is appreciating the experience, the person, the situation for what it was and trusting that their door has closed for a reason. Find something to keep you busy, find your passion, keep busy, and stay focused on what matters.
4. NEVER LOOK BACK.
I think a lot about the different paths I've been on in life, some amazing and some completely crazy, but every experience required the opening and closing of a door. I am sure this is true for many of you as well. My advice is to keep pushing forward and don't look back. If a door is meant to open again, the good Lord will put people and experiences in your path to open it, until then ... eyes forward and keep moving.
Trust the journey and enjoy the ride.