This is my participation in “Thursday Doors” – a weekly challenge hosted by a visitor here, Dan Action @ No Facilities. I invite readers to visit the current edition here, as well as others linked in his post. Please tell Dan I sent you. I took these photos in Italy
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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
From the time I left the condo to the time my feet touched the sand, I passed through at least nine doors or gates. To me, gates and doors have more similarities than differences – so today, I think about doors.
Doors are an entrance or an exit to anything. They are an approach to something on the other side. Then again, a door also serves as a mark leaving something behind.
Doors can be hinged, sliding, swinging, or a revolving barrier marking and guarding an entrance.
Doors describe a location as an entry to a bedroom, bathroom, patio, closet, basement, front, side, back, shower, kitchen, cupboard, office, garage, cellar, barn, store, office, exterior, or interior.
Doors can be single, double, sliding, revolving, swinging … or even trap, storm, reversible, double-hung, security, fire, paneled, screened, French, passenger, or pre-hung.
Doors can involve knobs, handles, locks, hinges, peepholes, panels, designs, and more.
Doors can be a hatch, panel, gate, portal, gateway, doorway, or just an entry.
Doors can be solid or hollow – but made of wood, metal, composite, or even glass.
Doors can open, close, or be locked.
Isn’t it interesting that a door is the transition line between indoor and outdoor – yet, for restaurant kitchens, having an “In” door and an “Out” door is important.
Doors show little about the other side – so doors can be a sign of privacy – a barrier or even a resistance.
Behind every door can be the unexpected – surprises in many forms – but not all are good.
Doors hide what is on the other side – which includes the possibility of nothing or more of the same.
Doors can be the present moment – one that can lead to a transition, a success, or even a failure. Therefore, doors can symbolize a beginning or an end.
A door can be a teachable moment – a learning event leading to new opportunities.
Doors are a sign of potential possibility – yet they also stand for accountability or blame for the choice and its outcomes.
Doors can apply to two people building a relationship by opening the doors to the heart, mind, and soul as they become one.
Doors are about life as opening and closing doors are signs for life and death – one allowing life in, the other closing the light as we know it – yet some foresee a brighter light on the other side.
Doors are questions: What’s behind that unknown door? Which door to choose? What will we find? What does it mean for us?
After passing through the door, can one go back? Yes, but doors are about change – yet at the risk of being slammed in one’s face.
As we move through life’s difficulties and challenges, some doors open, others close. Sometimes we are the ones who open and close – other times not. Yet as we move through one door into a new space – yes – we encounter another door.
There is the boy or girl next door, the next-door neighbor, and the door-to-door salesperson. We knock on doors, lay something by the door, leave the door open, or even a crack in the door – but showing someone the door or slamming the door in someone’s face are probably not good things.
We can beat a path to a door, close one door but open another, or blow off one’s doors. We can get one toe, foot, or leg in the door or meet behind closed doors while Katie bars the door, but there is no question that everyone is a better door than a window.
It seems doors are many things – objects and metaphors – entrances, beginnings, transitions, and ends. I just saw a crab ahead of me dart down a hole without a formal door – but still, a door.
Maybe that is a sign I should close the door on these thoughts. Nevertheless, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have written about beaches
- The Tenth Door (essay)
- The Doors (poem)
- Doors and Windows at Night (photos)
- Doors Open Up (sculpture)
- Magic Door (100-word story by someone who has visited here)
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