46 – Doors

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.

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101 thoughts on “46 – Doors”

    1. Patricia,
      Welcome first-time beach walker on the sands of my personal beach of thoughts. This is a good example of what I try to do here. The format is similar for each walk, but the topic changes. I invite you to look around because you may find a topic that strikes you. Hope to see you again here.

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  1. I have a favourite door Frank.. It’s a book called “The Yellow Door” by one of my WP friends, Colleen Faherty Brown… a truly gorgeous read…
    Yellow Door
    Yellow Door is based on a wish. It’s the journal of a wish lived out, in fiction. When you have a wish you imagine it, how it will be, how it will happen. Instead of imagining it and leaving it in my thoughts, I wrote it down. I created my wish and lived it in this book. It is adventure, perhaps low key, but it is a real wish. A wish of travel, exploration, living on an island, visiting history, learning and discovering about a place. And about myself.
    https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yellow-door-c-faherty-brown/1136234932

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  2. This is a great collection, Frank and it might be our first door video, at least since I’ve been hosting Thursday Doors. In the time since Norm started this, I think we’ve seen every type of door you mention, but we’ve had to go around the world to do it. You have a number of examples of my favorite doors, arched, heavy wooden double doors.

    Thanks for joining us today.

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    1. Dan,
      My pleasure to join you today for Thursday Doors. It’s something that has been on my mind for quite some time. Plus, I remembered to get the link yesterday, and the pingback worked. 🙂 Glad I captured several of your favorite doors — and cheers to my distinction of the first door video during your short hosting tenure. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. China Dream.
      Welcome first-time beach walk here on my personal beach. Well, not really because I know you have visited before but remained quiet. Thanks for visiting from Dan! Cheers to your first comment. Glad you enjoyed the doors and I rekindled memories of a trip to Italy. Where did you visit?

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  3. The doors made me think of a group rock: the Door ( end of the night )
    and also a old French movie “les portes de la nuit” ( Night doors)
    Your post gives matter to think, Frank
    In friendship
    Michel
    ps my door is made with iron!

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    1. Michel,
      Glad to know this post stimulated your thoughts. 🙂 After all, that’s always a goal of mine. Doors are so symbolic of so many things, titles of songs, movies, books, & poems would be an endless pit. … So you have an iron door? Wow … a bit heavy! …. but solid!

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  4. I enjoy viewing doors. Their architecture and colors can be very artistic.
    I have double doors at my front entrance. They are bright red. A signal
    that all who enter will be peacefully happy and joyful while leaving their negative energy behind.
    BRAVO for doors … Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

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  5. As usual, Frank, my mind goes to some perhaps odd places while reading your thoughts. First of all, I enjoyed the door photos. When you spoke of in and out doors in restaurants, I thought of need both indoors and outdoors in life. I need a healthy dose of outdoors to keep me sane indoors. I think many people would be better off if they spent more time outdoors. Of course outdoors in a city is very different from outdoors in nature and I’d like to see lots of parks and natural spots in cities. Chicago and the surrounding cities do an excellent job of that.

    When you talked about which door to choose, I immediately went back to “Let’s Make a Deal” and the “Door #1, door #2, or door #3” choice contestants had to make. 🙂 That’s similar to the choice we often have to make, sometimes having no idea what lies behind the door of life we choose.

    janet

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  6. I loved the gorgeous pictures of all doors you chose! I think I too find doors interesting, I notice unusual ones on my walks and try to spot differences even in the modern ones but I love the ancient historical kind the best!

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  7. Doors as transition mean more to us as we approach that time when we’ll go through the last one, so I appreciate that reference. In my mind there’s that old painting of the Good Shepherd knocking on the door of a cottage. “Katie bar the door” always makes me smile, such a fun and interesting expression! Wow, Italy has beautiful doors! My DNA consistently shows some Italian genetics, but I have absolutely no idea who contributed them LOL! My reaction was, “Shut the door!” Another silly expression. I recently watched a series which took place in rural northern England in which gates were prominently featured. They were always opening and closely gates very responsibly. There’s another topic to contemplate, Frank. Thank you for these beach walks!!

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  8. Good one, Frank! I wasn’t expecting a doors post on a Beach Walk, but why not? Now I know anything goes.
    That might help me figure out a colab we can do.
    I was wondering why you didn’t post yesterday. My email notification didn’t happen. Now that I think about it, I had to Follow you again, last time I was here. Not the first time that’s happened to me on WP.
    You sure took some neat door pics when you were in Italy. I already follow Dan, but I’m not a regular there. I’ll go for a visit after I post this comment. I double door you to check this one out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk_ilymWo4sx

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    1. Resa,
      Oh yes – we are at the anything-goes stage. My current mode is rolling with the collaborators – that is, what they want to do. Well, unless there is something I want to post – such as this one on a Thursday. Meanwhile, the WP gnomes are sneaky, so one never knows what we have to do to overcome their sneaky work. …. Back to the topic at hand, thanks for the support and glad you enjoyed a bit of Italy through doors that I captured. …. PS … I took your double door – and I enjoy The Doors!

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      1. Farm gates are fantastic, they give onto farmyards and onto fields & pastures and range from very old & much-patched to newly-minted metal. Such variety. And some are easily opened while others are doubly padlocked

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  9. Great thoughts on doors, Frank. Without them we’d be either inside or outside with no hope of getting in or out unless we climbed through a window. I loved seeing the Italian doors. So ornate and artistic. Now I’m remembering that old 1950’s song sung by Frankie Vaughan, ‘Green Door…….what’s that secret you’re keeping?’ When my sister and I went to visit our grandparents in the summer, we used to sing it as we played outside around the houses. There was an alleyway which had a storeroom with a green-painted door. It was always closed and we made up stories of what might be beyond that mysterious door. 😅Thanks for bringing back some childhood memories today.

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          1. I lived in Germany for two years. My last tour over there was in 2018 when I took the Viking cruise up the Rhine from Bern Switzerland. Longest trip ever. 😊 I highly recommend it !

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