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Now, my initial thoughts of course fell to doorways to opportunities; doorways to new homes and the future; doorways as a metaphor for change and transition.
Then, I watched a video that a friend had shared on Facebook.
It was a promotional film, for an online copywriting firm as it happens, shared under the heading The Power of Words.
It’s designed to pull on the heart strings, showing the difference that choice of words can make to how others relate to you and your circumstances. And it is, in fact, very clever.
The important thing for this post though, is that it featured a homeless man.
I was then having a google for a quote that might provide some inspiration for this post.
This is what I found:
The most sacred thing is to be able to shut your own door.
And, that really made me stop.
Yes, doorways can be a metaphor for many things, but some people would give anything to just have a doorway to walk through.
Anyone who has been watching the news (or simply opening their own front door) knows that the weather has been awful, on both sides of the Atlantic. Flooding and damage in the UK. Snow and dangerously cold temperatures in the US. We all complain, it’s a particularly British thing to complain about the weather. But, really we should all be thankful that we can return somewhere at the end of our day, close the door on the weather and be safe and warm.
I’ve supported Shelter for years, but I haven’t yet replaced those donations with anything similar here in the US.
I’m off to see what charity I should be supporting here.
And, I’m reminding myself how lucky I am to have a doorway of my own.
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