Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 15 comments

Red, yellow and green
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“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we took so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened up for us.” ~ Helen Keller

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Dave Fowler August 10, 2008 at 7:25 am

I suppose it depends on whether you think the door has been locked? I know I’ve stared at closed doors long enough for them to be re-opened, only to find that what was once behind that door has changed.

It’s a good thought Lance. I’ll keep pondering it throughout the day.




Michelle August 10, 2008 at 9:43 am

Without bringing too much sadness to this beautiful Sunday I would like to say your quote for today is perfect. My granmother passed away earlier today after a long struggle with old age. Later I am going to my neice’s first birthday party. At first it seems uncomfortable to me to go to a party but then I realized that the Circle of Life is an existence of Nature and Spirt, especially in this case. So I will be going and I will be celebrating not only my neice’s birthday but also my grandmother’s long life.


MizFit August 10, 2008 at 12:47 pm


powerful quote and even more insightful commenters above.

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Karl Staib - Your Work Happiness Matters August 10, 2008 at 6:18 pm

When we stop fearing “perspective” change, that’s when we can see all the possibilities.

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Linda Abbit August 10, 2008 at 11:15 pm

I love the colors in this photograph, as well as the quote, Lance.

@ Michelle — You sound wise. Last summer I had to attend a wedding the day after the funeral of two very close friends of mine who died tragically way too young in a car accident. While I went with a very heavy heart and red eyes, I felt it was so important to affirm life by celebrating as best I could, and even more so under those circumstances. It wasn’t easy, but I wasn’t sorry to be a witness to the love and new life beginning for this couple. It is indeed a never-ending circle!


Shamelle August 11, 2008 at 12:09 am

Very true indeed. I love the quote and try to remember it when things are not going the way I want them to!


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Barbara Swafford August 11, 2008 at 1:13 am

Hi Lance,

Great quote. It reminds me of how we often over analyze a situation (that needs to be put to rest), and turn our sights on what lies ahead of us.

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Lanceman August 11, 2008 at 5:38 am

@Dave – Well, that’s a good point. Sometimes what is behind a door can change. And that can be a good thing for us. Along with that, I think it’s also good for us to look for the other doors that may be already there.

@Michelle – What a wonderful way to look at this. And what a great example of this quote in action. I’m sorry to hear about your Grandmother. Losing a loved one is never easy. In celebrating life through your niece’s birthday, this is such a beautiful way to look the new happiness around another door. Thanks for sharing this with us.

@MizFit – Agreed, and what an example we’ve seen here.

@Karl – Good point. Sometimes it’s fear that keeps us from opening the other doors out there.

@Linda – Thank you. And another wonderful example of this. Thanks for sharing your story. It’s in stories like this and from Michelle that the quote comes alive and really speaks to us.

@Shamelle – Yes, the key is to remember this when things are going the way we want. There is another door there, we just have to open it.

@Barbara – It’s easy to get stuck at the door that has just closed, when all we need to do is move on. I think we’ve all done this at one point or another. Why is it so hard to move on sometimes? Maybe fear. Maybe not wanting to let go of what was behind the first door.


Robin August 11, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Hi Lance – I think it’s so interesting the way things can turn out differently from what you expected. Things we thought we wanted weren’t necessarily the best thing – the trick is to move quickly to the open door, I guess.

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Lanceman August 11, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Robin, that’s a great point. We “think” the other door is not good, when in reality there is likely all sorts of good behind it. And what we want does change, and then we need to pick another door, although that’s not always easy to do.


Kelly@SHE-POWER August 13, 2008 at 2:03 am


I haven’t come across this quote before by Helen Keller. It’s great and actually just what I need to keep in mind right now.




Lanceman August 13, 2008 at 5:04 am

Kelly, I really like this one too! And with some of the perspective that has been shared here, it now means even more to me. I’m glad you like it.


Annette August 14, 2008 at 11:07 pm

I missed this quote earlier. It is so beautiful. I can think of so many times in my life where this has been true. It is so easy to drown ourself in tears when life throws us into a place we don’t want to be and then one day it’s like, oh yeah, this is why it happened….so I could get here to this moment now. It’s all about seeing things in a different light. Keep on sharing these amazing quotes 😉

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Ariel August 15, 2008 at 12:52 am

Nice quote and a beautiful image to go with it!

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Lanceman August 15, 2008 at 5:42 pm

@Annette – It is beautiful – and so true. Sometime it’s so easy to get hung up on one door of life, that we don’t even know other ones are there, let alone that we can open them up. I think we’ve all been there…

@Ariel – Thanks for stopping by! I agree the image and picture work nicely together.


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