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Please Open the Door - Some Reflections on Our Living Styles and Day-To-Day Life

Updated on March 29, 2017

Open Your Doors

  • Open the doors to give and take Love.
  • Open the doors to nice Relationships.
  • Open up for compassion and kindness.
  • Open up for negotiations and discussions.
  • Open up to hear to their problems and offer solutions.

Close the Doors- A Negative Signal

The advancement in technology and modern lifestyles has indirectly landed us in a closed door living style. The TV, Air Conditioners, and Internet have made us become habituated to sticking to these gadgets with virtually no connection to the neighborhood and other personal interactions in our communities.

I am fed up of constantly hearing this voice. A sweet voice. Too much enchanting and alluring. It constantly keeps reminding you "Please Close the Doors". It seems as though promoting negative signals and messages unconsciously in our mind to keep ourselves closed in our homes. We are unconsciously and unknowingly programming our brains and thereby our minds also to become accustomed to these negative signals. Our mentality has become too much habituated to this unhealthy practice of confining ourselves in some closed doors. It holds up us to keep ourselves within some preset boundaries and not to allow any other person enter into those limits. It shuts up us from enjoying the beauty of love or the freshness and fragrance of the beautiful world outside.

Keeping the doors closed spreads indifference towards the neighbors and the outer world. It further creates hatred and spreads jealousy and violence. It can pervert the body and mind.

So, please awaken yourself and open the doors of your heart and mind to receive and share love and humanity.

Mother Teresa spreading Love

Why not Let my Love Open the Door?

Once you open the door and set yourself free from the barriers, you will experience how nice and beautiful is the surrounding world and the people in it. You will feel and realize the natural light and the beauty outside and the freshness of the air and all. You will come to know of the gentle qualities of your neighbors and all other people.

It is not the mere physical doors of your house. Open the doors of your heart and mind.

Until you keep your mind and heart shrank within your own self-created boundaries, you can't realize the beauty of the world around you. You will be seeing everything with suspicion, jealousy, and fear. You look at them as aliens and strangers and try to avoid them or get rid of them.

But, once you open up your heart, you will begin to experience them as your own siblings and of your own race or community and begin to like and love them.

So, open your doors and let your love embrace them and experience the bliss in giving and receiving love.

A quote from Bible-

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Open the Doors for Love

Love is the greatest thing on earth that has been bestowed upon us by God.

Jesus Himself has endured crucifixion just because of the Love that He has for the whole mankind. He loved you so much that He sacrificed Himself to protect you and to purify your souls from all the impurities.

So, let us learn from His sacrifices.

Let us open our doors to extend our love towards the whole mankind and the living beings of this world.

To open the door for love, you should know the exact meaning of love which is defined so beautifully in one of the versions of Bible given below.

Jesus- Embodiment of Love

Definition of Love from Bible-

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 defines Love as follows.

Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

So, open up the doors of your heart for an unconditional love that only gives love and never hurts or belittles others. Give and take love. Spread love among your neighbors and communities. Don't keep your doors closed. Open up them to Love.


Open the Doors for Nice Relationships

Develop nice relationships with all those with whom you come into contact during your everyday life. Interact with them generously and nicely. Give a touch of love and gentleness in all your interactions with them. It does not require any special attention than just a nice greeting "hello" with a courtesy inquiry of 'how do you do' addition to it. Keep a smiling and admiring glance while doing so. This much is enough to create nice and wonderful relations with people around you.

A Quote from Bible on Compassion.

Ephesians 4:32

"Be Kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you."

Open up for Compassion and Kindness

Open the doors of your heart for compassion, kindness and a feeling of generosity with people around you. Don't be self-centered. Do not draw dividers. You can maintain your privacy and status up to your necessities. But, feel some compassion and be generous to people around you and express or at least feel some sorrow for their worries and deprived conditions of life. If you can, offer some helping hand and try to solve their needs.

It is just like a Doctor getting worried at your problem and giving you a gentle pat telling you everything will be alright soon.

You might have noticed a small baby worried and having a compassionate glance at another baby weeping for some reason.

The above are great examples of showing compassion for those around you.

Open the Door of Heart for Compassion

The baby caring for another that is crying. Even a baby has compassion.
The baby caring for another that is crying. Even a baby has compassion.

Quote by Rumi-

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom.

- Rumi

Open the Doors for Negotiations and Discussions

Whenever some problem arises with your neighbors or colleagues, don't quarrel and fight with them. Rather, try to calm yourselves and discuss the problems peacefully to reach some agreement.

It may be difficult sometimes to arrive at any mutual understanding or agreement. It requires much patience and deliberate willingness to settle issues. The ego or mentality may not succumb to a feeling of degradation or humiliation. But, time can bridge the gaps. So, allow time to takes its own time and keep peaceful till then.

The prevalent tensions with border countries, military strikes and wars are a result of these misunderstandings and egoism. If people understand and respect the feelings and rights of one another, there could have been much peace all around. One should be humanitarian and do not try to grab other person's fundamental rights or possessions.

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Dalai Lama Quotes on Love, Compassion, Peace

Open up your Heart to Offer Help and Solutions

People, nowadays, keep mum or silent in hearing to other's problems. They show a kind of indifference or 'I am not bothered' attitude while encountering with such situations. But, being human and listening to their problems will not cost you anything. It is up to you to offer help or solution. At least, you can try to listen to them and your audience itself can provide a bit relief to the person. You can offer an excuse if not in a position to help or refer to somebody else. Even that much is a good gesture. It itself might provide some solution to their problem.

We, as human beings, always seek the help of God at times of our problems. We go to the temples and churches offering our prayers and telling Him our problems. We beg Him to pardon our sin and help us by offering solutions. When we are seeking help from God, why not we return the same gesture with our fellow citizens? God gets pleased with such noble people who return His favors in the form of Compassion and Love offered to fellow citizens or other living beings on earth.

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      Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Rajan. People are becoming more self-centered and closing their hearts towards humanity and nice feelings. So, it is better to remind ourselves again and again for the need to be humane in all our actions and thoughts.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A very important message in today's conditions when people are becoming more & more self centered and peace is getting lesser by the day.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Venkatachari M 3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice to hear from you, Devika. You are a crusader of all these daily life problems faced by people and your comment is worthy. It is true that we need to face problems with an open heart, love, and compassion, and by developing some give-and-take relationships.

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      Devika Primić 3 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An important message here and so true of your topic idea.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      True, Flourish. Even a little bit show of love and compassion can create wonders. So, why not people be nice to others and show some compassion?

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      It is amazing what a little kindness and empathy can do. I have seen true listening and compassion de-escalate even the most tenuous of situations and emotions.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Missy. It is vocal judgement based on false propaganda, misconception, or hate and jealousy, that is disturbing our lives. Nobody uses reasoning, patience, or love in solving the problems.

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      Missy Smith 4 months ago from Florida

      Venkat, I love this!!! It is so inspiring!! I think about the very things you have written here everyday. We must open up and let others in. Let's trust in our Lord, who put us here "together" on this earth.

      Caution is not a misguided step to take today, but it should be taken with awareness of what is the true dangers. It is not a different culture, or religion. It becomes what we are too afraid to explore and get to know as we shut ourselves into our own little worlds.

      I believe a danger is usually not masked. It is not a stranger you pass on the street who doesn't say a word, yet nods and smiles. I believe the danger is vocal about placing judgment and steering others to believe in those judgments. Unfortunately, here in America, we are experiencing that very type running our country right now.

      I love the Dalai Lama quotes, and the Bible excerpt you placed. This article is full of knowledge and inspiration. I know I will want to come back and read it again soon. :)

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Audrey. Compassion and Empathy are the two golden virtues that can do many nice and amazing things. The present condition of our world needs these healing qualities of gentle people.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 months ago from California

      Nicely said! Compassion and empathy open many doors

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Dora, for asserting and following my policy of keeping the doors open for love and nice relationships. If all people follow this principle, our world will be a nice place to live.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Gilbert. That's what I am conveying through this article. Whether you have faith in Christ, Allah, or Ishwar, it doesn't differ. All should live friendly and develop cordial relationships with fighting over trivial issues arising out of emotions.

      Thanks for providing your insight.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Opening the door is a positive symbol on many levels. You gave some insightful, meaningful views on the topic.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 4 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Very good words of wisdom, Venkatachari M. We are human beings, first, and only use machines for work, although healthy communication with social media is not a bad thing. But I agree with you as a disciple of Christ, more time should be spent getting along than starting fights with one another.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wow, Eric! I do the same thing. Get up and open the door first. And, I do not shut (bolt) it till I go to rest or sleep. It is always open for people. But, the fact is nobody pops unless there is some job.

      I will look at the video and enjoy it tomorrow morning. It is 11 pm and time for sleep. Thank you for the nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Ruby. A simple smile is enough to provide relief and joy to people around you. But, most of them do not do even that tiny favor. Which, in return, keeps people locked up. I want all of them to spread Love and Humanity.

      Thanks for your nice comment.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Bill, you and your wife are very noble personalities in these matters of Love, Compassion, Peace, and spreading awareness among people towards a good character. Thanks for supporting my thoughts on the need to maintain good relations with humanity.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Tim Mitchell is it that much appealing and intelligent than your wonderful musings? I feel glad to see you take 2 full days in pondering over it and come up with some intelligent message.

      Thanks for this nice comment and appreciating my humble presentation.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you, Candy, for the appreciation and like.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      True, Hari. We need our heart and mind keep open to let in and go.

      Give and take Love. Be compassionate and enjoy it. Try to walk in the steps of God.

      Nice to see you like this hub.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts in this marvelous hub. I just had to get up and open my doors. This has made my day better.

      You may enjoy this piece https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FZbcoWrUsw

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a wonderful message for all who seek a more pleasant world. People are living in fear, thus locked doors. I've found that when I smile, most people react by smiling back.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This is such an important message in today's world, my friend. We must become a part of a community instead of shutting ourselves off from others. I love this message. It is something my wife and I believe strongly in.

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      Tim Mitchell 4 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Thanks for sharing these fine words. In my view put together well with a wonderful summary. I listened and will be pondering the content and its message as I interact today when going to the market. Tomorrow too.

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      Candy Wisdom 4 months ago from Round Lake Park

      I, very much, appreciated the sentiment of this article. Thank you for this positive attitude.

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      Hari Prasad S 4 months ago from Bangalore

      Good hub sir. Confinement of all kind should be avoided.

      We must let in and let go,

      Whether it is physical or mental.

      - hari