Opening New Options
At any moment in time there are two doors standing before you to choose from. One door leads to a room with no way out other than the door you came through. The other door leads to a chamber with more doors waiting to be opened.
Any situation holds the opportunity to make a decision between doing the same as always or doing something different. Most of the time we automatically repeat the same options, without realizing there is even something to choose from.
It takes awareness to make a choice; we have to be aware of the alternatives and we have to be aware of the moment of choosing.
We often just walk through door number one, and keep walking in and out of it, as if door number two doesn’t even exist. Only when we take the time will we be able to see it. And when we see it, but don’t keep it in mind, it will also fade back into obscurity again; invisible until detected by those who once more look for it.
Always making the same decisions (without really making them) can give us the false impression that there is nothing else to choose from, simply because all the possible options have gradually become hidden from our sight. We have to actively contemplate them to draw them out. And even then we have to overcome the urge to take the usual entrance and the fear of taking the new one.
While picking the same door over and over again slowly steals away our options, going through new doors eventually opens up more and more possibilities.
This is sometimes why we become stuck doing the things we do, while wishing for something else. Especially when those things hurry us to keep doing them. Only when we pause and take a moment to look around will we be able to go in a different direction.
Don’t easily give up when you don’t instantly see new options. They take their time to appear. But with each new option you unveil, the next will present itself even faster. Start now, and someday you will surely come across the exit you’ve been looking for.
A philosophical dreamer with a passion for self-reflection and contemplating life. He’s serious about helping people with the insights he gathered, but playful in the way he communicates his wisdom. He left a career as environmental engineer behind, in favor of becoming a personal development coach and thought-provoking writer.