The next day, as I began a hike up to Chimney Rock, I found a gate at the trail head. I'm sure it is meant to keep animals such as dogs or horses off the trail, but I was struck by how the ritual of opening that gate - another door - prepared me to enter the rocky beauty of that trail. And of course I was reminded of the work I had done with Bhanu.
I know that what I was looking for behind the door I pictured is a clearer idea of how to keep writing even in the face of a very demanding school year. I want to stay on my writing path, just as I stayed true to the trail up to Chimney Rock. I opened that door at the AROHO retreat, and so far have been walking my writing path during this first week back at teaching. And I'm determined to keep going.
We all have closed doors in our lives. Some are those we have shut ourselves, some we have been afraid or unwilling to open. They take many different forms, and opening a door means something different for everyone.
What is your door? What would you find on the other side if you opened it? I'd love to hear from you. Share in the comments below.