Open every door
“Not knowing when the Dawn may come I open every Door…” — Emily Dickinson
When our eight-week-old Schipperke came to live with us nearly 16 years ago, I read everything I could find on the breed. More than one source remarked “this dog does not like closed doors.” Apparently the Schipperke has insatiable curiosity, a vigilant nature, and a great desire to be with people, so he much prefers to have run of the house…something most guidebooks advised against!
There is something appealing about these traits, though, and perhaps we humans should be fond of open doors as well. Literally and figuratively, an open door can lead to new friends, a peaceful garden retreat or a pleasant room and warm hospitality. As Dickinson notes in her poem, we don’t know when or where the light may break through in our lives, so avoiding despair will usually require being open to undiscovered possibilities.
This post was originally published seven years ago today. You can view the original with comments here.