The Theme Game: Doorway

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The very excellent and creative Jocelyn (The Reading Residence) and Iona (Redpeffer) have come up with a new linky game; The Theme Game and this weeks theme is Doorway.

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.
G.K. Chesterton

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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20 thoughts on “The Theme Game: Doorway”

    1. It really is, it’s always been something I feel very strongly about; it shouldn’t be so prevalent. And, at this time of year it scares and saddens me to think of so many people without a roof over their heads.

  1. thereadingresidence

    Sadly, so true. Thank you for making us stop and think about that. And thanks for joining in with #TheThemeGame x

  2. Mama and More aka Zaz

    You are so right, this time of year always makes my heart pull for those people without homes. I remember in Knightsbridge that at night they used to throw water in the doorways at night. The water would turn to ice, so wet or icy the homeless would have to go elsewhere to curl up to find respite. Love the idea of this linky, hope it goes super-well! I’d love to join in x

  3. This is our first week back in Barcelona, and at first it was shocking (again) that these flats are rented out without heating. But we manage to get creative, our baby has a nice sleeping sack and tonight I am going to sleep in my day clothes with an extra layer. It will be fine and you are right, I hope I will not have bigger worries ever like those who are out in the cold. In real cold.

    xoxo, Eszter
    http://kukolina.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/meeting-up-with-fellow-bloggers-and-babies/

  4. How lovely that a blogging game has been so inspirational to you! I hope you find an equally worthy charity on the other side of the pond!

    #thethemegame

  5. Very true, we never really think about how lucky we are. We had floods in the centre of town on Christmas Eve and a friends ground floor flat got wrecked, so now they can’t live there for the time being and they lost things that are irreplaceable :( #thethemegame

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