Don’t Close the Door



I’ve been shy about sharing this piece, because it arose from a dream I had while in therapy some years back.  In the dream, I’d been sent to the store on an errand and a force was resisting my efforts to close the door.  After a bit I realized that it was God, trying to shine love in my life, and there I was trying to close the door!

What prompted me to bring this up today is a desire to celebrate the amazing progress my daughter is making.  We’ve been working our way through the book, “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain”, by Barbara Arrowsmith -Young.  If you know anyone who suffers from learning disabilities, I cannot recommend this book enough.  

Every morning we run through a series of brain exercises that were developed by the author.  Progress was slow at first- well, you’d expect that.  But now, a year later, I’m watching her make connections with abstract ideas her doctors had said she’d never be able to do.  She’s even memorized the poem , “Invictus”!

So there you go.  No matter how completely the path before you appears to be blocked, do not give up. 


14 thoughts on “Don’t Close the Door

  1. Mind Margins says:

    As a matter of fact, this may be my favorite painting of yours ever. Interestingly, I had a nightmare very recently where I was trying to close a closet door and an “evil force” kept pushing back against me from the closet. Inside the closet was myself, curled up and scared. I cried out in my sleep and woke up my husband!

  2. jordan clary says:

    Wow! What a great story, and I love the painting. There’s so much emotion in it. And that’s great about your daughter! If she’s memorizing poems like Invictus she’s doing better than most college students.

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