“Every new self-discovery leads you to more wholeness, opens your heart, makes you humble, and a better person to serve and love others.” Assegid Habtewold
The Arabs used to say,
When a stranger appears at your door,
Feed him for three days
before asking who he is,
Where he’s come from,
Where he’s headed.
That way, he will have strength
enough to answer.
Or by then,
You’ll be such good friends,
you don’t care.
“Red Brocade”, Naomi Shihab Nye
As we get older, we often shut the door to new experiences, self-discovery, or new people.
But when we live in a ‘beginners mind’, we will always be open to a new guest or a new experience, and who knows where it may lead us?
26 thoughts on “Open the Door”
i love this
Thanks Beth 🌈💚
Yes…true. After a period of rest, reflection and healing, I feel I am once again opening the door to new experiences. Lovely post and timely reminder, Karen. Thank you. 💕🙏🏻
I think we need both to balance our life Carrie. Glad you feel ready to open up again. 💚💕💚
I love the quote from Naomi Shihab Nye. What a lovely message. It’s true though isn’t it. As we get older we become suspicious of newcomers. Such a shame and a lot of missed opportunities to forge new friendships.
I agree Anita and I often catch myself thinking “I know!” When clearly I don’t ha! 💚
Thanks Dave 🌈
A blue door to remind me of Beginners mind. This will stay with me. Thanks Karen 💕
I need reminding too Val! Thank you and have a beautiful weekend 💚💕
Ah yes … weekend is nearly upon us. Have a wonderful one as well 🌈💛🌈
Great advice. I love the update with the new blog title, Karen!
Thanks Jennifer! It’s nice to change it up every now and then 💕💚
Nice thoughts. Thank you Karen 🙂 ❤
Thank you Deepa 💚💕
Is this a new blog title or a new blog altogether?
Well I was playing around with it last weekend and I only meant to do a new title, but I think I made a new blog? I’m not very good with technology ha! 😃
That’s OK. Two is better than one. Especially when it comes to your great blog!
I love this post ~ I love the quotes ~ and love this new layout of your blog. Never stop striving 🙂 You never know where something new will take you ~ simply perfect, Karen, and wishing you a great summer and coming weekend.
Thank you Randall and yes we never know what’s around the corner! Have a great weekend too 🌅🌈
i’ll have to stock up
for feeding neighbors 🙂
That’s a very open and generous idea David 🌈 Have a wonderful day
Wonderful advice. Love Nye’s poetry
Yes it is sage advice from Nye. Thanks Don. 🙏🏻
Constant renewal, always. 🙂 Love your new blog name and look. Forward and onward!
Yes I like that Eliza “Constant Renewal”! Thank you 💕🌈