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The Door to Nowhere, Accepting a challenge from Author William D. Holland

Updated on December 4, 2016
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An Upstate WNYer,Paula shares her thoughts & experiences of the dynamics, trials & tribulations of "Family."

A Door to Nowhere?
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Was it Only Yesterday?

We've all had those vivid and emotion-filled memories we believe were lived out only yesterday, perhaps the day before. Yet all the while we cling to this notion, in our heart we know it happened so very long ago. What is that yearning within us that holds so tightly to words spoken by someone we loved and will love eternally,when in truth they are echos from a distant past? We won't let go. We can't. So we cling to the words and the sound of the voice, as well as the movements made by that precious someone so etched into our very soul.

It wasn't yesterday. It wasn't even as near as a decade ago, but what does it matter? Like a door to nowhere, I choose to leave it be. I can see it and feel it. I know it's there, but if I'm to believe it leads to nowhere, why open myself to the pain?

Perhaps this door was closed and locked, barricaded from the other side by those who wanted to protect us. Is this enough for us to know or must we allow our curiosity to lead us into the unknown? Perhaps this door is quite possible to open and instantly sweep us into an abyss of total darkness, void of any form of life. It dares us to ignore the warnings, tempts us to turn the handle and walk over the thresh hold of nothingness.

See no, hear no, speak no evil. Keep your eyes focused forward and plug your ears if you must. Walk on by and break through to a better place.

The Beatles sing of "Yesterday."

Words of profound truth
Words of profound truth

And so I remind myself......

I will leave the door to nowhere, mindful that it must remain closed. I'll walk on by although I may be saddened. I wonder if the answers I ache to have are behind that door, but in truth I fear those answers that may come from nowhere.

Instead I call to mind the profound words of Alexander Graham Bell, a brilliant Scottish Inventor who walked this earth 1847 to 1922. "When one door closes, another door opens..." I want to believe for every door that leads to nowhere there are many that lead somewhere, anywhere. I need to believe that some doors lead to everywhere.

Does this not give you comfort? It is music to my ears whose sweet sounds fill my heart with hope. I've learned the difficult & painful truth that what's meant to be, cannot be deterred nor should we struggle to change things.

Just come to the realization we need to move on down the road in search of other places, new and different pathways leading to the other doors awaiting our passage.

I want to experience newness and the opportunity to realize the dreams I've dreamt while asleep and awake as well. I've had to humble myself long enough to heed the words of wiser men and women. They who have been before us and are generous and kind enough to share the wisdom gained. We don't do this often, do we? I admit that I don't. Yet I surely cannot claim that I've always known what's best for me, despite my stubbornness to insist.

Listen my friend, I hope that the steps we take will lead us close to one another. We can search for those open doors together.

Journeys always seem better when taken with a partner to help navigate and keep us awake, looking forward to each place we come to. If we stay alert I think we will see the invisible doors. Yes, that's right, invisible. The doors that can only be seen through our imaginations. They are the exclusive doors of course, because not every ordinary person can see them. Just think of all the fun we'll have and more importantly, the massive education we can earn.


We can find the Door to Somewhere!

It's true, is it not, that only a fool does not learn from his mistakes? Being that it is quite true, I'd say we should be grateful for racking up a long list of really messy mistakes. Whether we failed at least once for each and every endeavor or had a dozen love affairs that flopped in mid air, we came away all that much wiser. I might add we gain strength and patience, mostly with our own clumsiness. It's all good, my friends. Every single lousy, nasty, stupid trip and fall we've had were good. Can't imagine how awesome are the screw-ups to come, can you?

Let's make a deal. I'll keep an eye on you if you'll do the same for me. If you open a door that leads to nowhere, I'll quickly throw you a lifeline and pull with all my might. Hang on tightly and no funny stuff. Deal? If my curiosity gets the better of me, I promise you can follow carefully. My intuition is pretty damned keen. Together we can make it. If we choose to go our separate ways, so be it. We will still be all the better for having shared the ride together to our parting.

There are open doors for each and every one of us. Doors that lead to wonderful places of love and laughter, opportunities galore. It's up to us, you know. Once we take those first few steps, we choose how far we go and how much we do. The end result will be our legacy, so choose with care.

Remember what the goal was and focus on your own purpose. Not only does our very life depend upon this, there will always be those who depend upon us. Part of the beauty in this life is what we can give to others. Never worry, for it all comes back ten fold.

Funny thing is, somewhere along the way, we slowly but surely shed a large portion of our dreadful ego. It's still with us, but much more tame and contained as it ought to be. This serves us well. Just believe this. After all we've been through, I wouldn't lie to you.

I'll cease my chatter for now with one last thought. My immediate goal is to get as far away from that door to nowhere as humanly possible. When I look behind me, It will be gone from sight and also out of my mind. I know this will happen to you too.


My FAVORITE '60's group & I LOVE this song!! The DOORS!!

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    Paula 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Mike...Thanks for stopping by. Yes, we are lucky to be able to interact with some really fabulous people. It's common knowledge that writers are a cut above all others anyway. I just made that up, and dare anyone to argue with me..............:) Hugs to you!

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    mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    Thanks for the invite to the comment section. Seems you get an outpouring of affection with each presentation.

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    Paula 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Finally getting around to checking up on my visitors. I've been Hub-lazy lately. Thanks for stopping by. I'm pleased you enjoy my writing. One of these days I may humor my muse and write something worthwhile again.

    Still licking my wounds rendered by the mean old Bot who slashed my profile score. My mother always told me I was a pouter. I guess some things never change!! LOL

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    shanmarie 17 months ago

    I love the way you write. I do believe you would mother the world if you could! But your words here are wise, true, inspirational, hopeful, you name it - they're excellent. Someone mentioned the other day about it all too often seems like it becomes everyone for themselves instead of being one another's cheerleaders. Or maybe it's just because I was so isolated from close friends for so many years, but it seems rare to me that people actually throw those lifelines for each other and then hang on tight, too.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey Suzie!! How wonderful to see you. It's been so long. Have we all been so busy?

    Well, I'll give you a couple of weeks to stop all that lovely flattery!! My goodness, girlfriend....I don't know that I deserve your kind words, but I LIKE them! LOL

    How's our mechanic doing? Haven't seen much of him at all!

    I do hope all is going just fine, Dublin-way! Thank you for coming by. You have a good week-end, Suzie. Always good to see your pretty smiling face!....Peace, Paula

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Ah Paula my dear friend so good to be here reading your exceptional work, I loved this and could relate like so many others, judging by the comments I have read!! Boy have I been through a few of those doors but yes doors do open somewhere. You write so beautifully it is a real pleasure to read, to learn and to get it!! Congrats on taking up Bill's challenge . . . . let there be more 'cause you rock!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Audrey! My goodness girlfriend, in no way do I feel worthy of such praise, but I'm ever so grateful as well as humbled.....YOU are the magical one, Audrey, so loveable and LOVING. I see we'll have to call this a mutual fan club. That's super fine with me!! My whole being thanks you !

    Much Love & Peace, Paula

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    Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Oh, Paula, I re-read this hub of yours so often. And you know what? Each time I do, I learn a valuable lesson. An indication of brilliant writing! So what struck me during this visit? Your lesson about open doors and being aware of these doors. We are blessed to be given many choices daily...opening the right door...the door to growth. And it's not just about us. Sometimes we are a conduit for others. How magnificent this is!

    I love you so much my HP sister. By following your wisdom and example I will become a getter person. Voted up and across and eager to share.

    Audrey

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    WOW!!! Congratulations Grandpa!!! LOL

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    Cogerson 2 years ago from Virginia

    I still have movie stuff out there...it is just not on HubPages. Actually I am moving to my third home. First was HubPages.....then Web.com.....and now BlueHost. All of your comments on my movie pages....still live.....as I have transferred them to my new site.

    One of my newest pages.....Mr. Bill Murray. http://www.ultimatemovierankings.com/bill-murray-m...

    The family is doing well.....our oldest just told us we have grand baby #2 coming at the end of the year.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Wow! Coge.....what a nice surprise to hear from you! It HAS been a long time......where are you hiding? I know I still have you as a "follow". I've had to get my Movie info from someone else and he does a nice job. But no one will ever take your place, that's for sure!

    Hope you & yours are well & happy!....Peace, Paula

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    Cogerson 2 years ago from Virginia

    Hey fpherj48. I enjoyed reading this hub. Very nicely done....and gets me to thinking....deep thoughts...scary. Long time since we communicated....glad to see you are doing so well at HubPages. Hope all is well in your life.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    LMAO!......there you go, Southern Belle.....you need to take your mouth on vacation until the Oscars are over!!!.......Go outside and get yourself some of that sun. I'm busy making snowmen!!

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I think it's time for the Oscars...Tim McGraw is performing! All is well in the world :)

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    DJ Anderson 2 years ago

    Tisk, Tisk! Someone is a bit testy. Me? Being a bully? You must have me confused with another DJ.

    Linda, I don't think a time-out chair is going to work. She is one hard

    headed Yankee. Reminds me of a loudmouth Chihuahua. In reality,

    she exemplifies a hard core case of Yankee woman snowed in house for

    months at a time. It does strange things to the mind. I told her to get

    out months ago. She could be in the heart of the south and be taking lessons on how to talk southern, properly. She has no idea that the

    verb "is" is totally optional. Y'all goin to the stoe? Or, How old she?

    By tornado season she could be fluent in southern. But, noooooo. She

    has all this other important 'stuff' that needs to get done. You know, I am not one to judge others, but if she would stay off HP flirting with all the young guys, she could have that house packed and be gone by Mid-week. This may take an intervention. What is your take on this, Linda?

    DJ.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    DJ......There you go again, just being a bully. Linda.....since I don't drink, you guys will have to use a hypodermic needle to knock me out......Of any liquor you could name.....just the smell of tequila makes me want to puke!

    Please use something that smells good.... Also, keep in mind that I sleep very soundly and for lengthy periods of time. You 2 have your work ahead of you!

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Possibly, just possibly a time out chair would be beneficial but I have a feeling that she would not allow that. I've learned over the years that our Effer is a strong willed woman who doesn't take BS from anyone. So, I'm guessing we will have to do some tequila shots and knock her out. My shot glasses will be filled with water since I'm such a lightweight just opening the bottle would knock me on my arse.

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    DJ Anderson 2 years ago

    Linda, you cannot give her any leeway, she will absolutely run amuck!

    She needs guidance and structure. It is possible that we could set up round the clock vigilance? If not it may become necessary to nail her shoes to the floor. Hey, just calling it like I see it. (Wild Child) There

    is always medication, but she gags on a pine nut. Then there's suppositories. Count me out, or I'd be gagging. Could never be a nurse!

    Figure it out, Linda. Just let me know.

    DJ.

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    LOL! Just a slight problem, nothing I can't handle. I think, not to sure.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    GF.....to be honest, I know you eventually find me! I have never been able to hide from you! You're like a little mouse, scurrying around everywhere, making sure everyone is behaving! I know I'm one of your problem kids!! LOL

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    "Hang on tightly and no funny stuff. Deal?" Absolutely it's a deal! Let's make another deal...next time you publish a hub let me know, this way I am not 3 weeks late to the party! Deal? No matter what is going on in my life...I always have time for my Effer. Always. XO

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    We've all had many of the same experiences......No doubt every one is a necessary step in the growth process and the road to self-discovery...!

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    Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

    Loved this Paula--especially the part about shedding our egos--I cringe sometimes when I recall some of the things my ego did and said--

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Shyron &

    Jo

    So nice to see you both! This is my very first response to a challenge. It's a nerve-wracking experience because we know how many hubbers will respond.

    It's always so interesting to see the huge variety of hubs when these challenges come up. If you're thinking of writing a hub on the Door to Nowhere....please go for it! I'm trying to read all that have been done, but I'm still a bit behind

    Both of you ladies are superb writers.....and I have no doubt you would do a fabulous job!

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    Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

    What a wonderful response to this challenge. I'm curious by nature so I'm going right through that door. However, once I've decided that the door is going nowhere, I'm out of there. This is thought provoking with much truths.

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    Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

    Paula, wonderful answer to billybuc’s challenge, this like the others is really making it harder for me to rise to the challenge, but soon, I will give it my best shot. Also trying to keep up with all the answers to Bill's challenge.

    Voted up, UABI and shared.

    Blessings and Hugs Dear Paula

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    cam...Nice to see you again. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. It does take courage & tenacity....but going forward is the best direction toward any amount of inner peace........Have a wonderful day.

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    Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

    Paula, I really enjoyed your essay approach to the challenge. It tells us a lot about you and how you've gotten to where you are now in life. It also is a challenge for us/me to walk away from the dead ends, the doors to nowhere and focus on the infinite number of doors to anywhere and everywhere. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

    LOL! yep screwed!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Not to mention the fact that I don't swim. If you fall off a cliff honey, basically, you're screwed.

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    Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

    lol! yes forgot about that great big pond!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Nell....I'll try like hell....but remember, first I have to swim across the pond. I hope you can hold on for a long long time!!

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    Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

    Hi Paula, what beautiful words, and I know, like you, I need to keep some doors firmly closed against pain and memories, looking forward towards other doors is a lovely thought, and yes if I fall head first down one of those great holes or doors please pull me back up, here's the rope! lol!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey Vee.....I got your back, GF...always. We can all use a lifeline now and then....no doubt about it! I too have a tendency to be tempted to open a door once last time....It usually disappoints! :( Peace & Love!

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    Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    That's beautiful writing, Effer! Please do look out for me; I could use a lifeline now and then. I'm always saddened by the doors that close, and sometimes I long to go back. Your article gives hope. Well done, girlfriend, well done!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi Laura......I appreciate your positive comment. There will always be open doors for us to enter. Those that have been closed to us must be accepted as the way it must be. It is unwise to to return to disappointment, hoping that it will be "different" than before. We must always go forward.....Peace, Paula

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    Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

    Great thoughts, Genna! I've read it three times already, and something different catches my eye and resonates with me each time. Keep watching for those open doors, and thanks for sharing your wisdom with us! Voted awesome!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Genna...Thank you. Always good to see your smiling face and read your ever-positive comments. Peace, Paula

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    Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Paula, I agree with Jodah...a brilliant essay in response to Bill's challenge. There are a myriad of doors from which to choose. Those we have closed in the past from mistakes would do well to remain so, and those we have not yet tried still beckon. Voted up and shared.

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

    Oh my goodness, it's hard to find the bottom of the comments list -- it's so far down! lol Here it is.

    I really enjoyed all of your wisdom and I especially loved the part about us slowly (but surely) shedding our ego as the years go by. That's -- at least for me (although I'm not perfectly egoless) is the best part of growing older.

    And here's one of my favorite quotes about a door or doors: 'I dwell in Possibility, a fairer house than Prose -- More numerous of windows, Superior for Doors.' Emily Dickinson.

    Voting up, across and Sharing.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Harish and thank you for such nice comments and for appreciating my hub. I wish you Blessings and Peace, Paula

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    Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

    A beautiful hub with a great message ! What a great response to Bill's challenge ! Yes, we must keep our hold on life on in all adverse circumstances and always look for the doors of possibility, hope and happiness. The world desperately needs this kind of penetrative insight and wisdom. Thank you, Paula for bringing out such a wonderful gem.

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    Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

    Brilliant philosophy of life shared here in your wise words, lovely woman! Yes, keep those doors from the past closed and open some new ones. We learn and grow and move ...no matter how often we must, we just have to put on those big girl panties and deal with whatever comes our way. If we are still here, then we are not finished going down this road of life. It is nice to not go it alone.

    I love how you have chosen to participate in Bill's challenge. Beautifully done!

    Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

    Peace and blessings always ...and stay warm! Please go to the door where all the extra blankets are kept and pile them on.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello Ms Dora...Always happy to see you! I know you look for the open door to good things! Peace, Paula

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    Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

    Friendly and inspiring. Thanks for responding to this challenge with a message of hope.

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    TSAD 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

    Speaking of backs, I'm baaaaaack,

    http://hub.me/ajblK

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Yes, it takes a while to read them all. Challenges seem to be popular. It's interesting to read all the variations and see how differently we each think.

    Thanks for having my back, buddy. Those Martians can be very annoying......but cute.

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    TSAD 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

    I would never strike you like a Martian and if a Martian ever strikes you, you just point him out to me, I'll make make Venused meat of him.

    Sidenote: I've been reading them, still have more to go.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    tsad...so nice to see you! You actually read something I wrote! The compliments are a bonus I almost can't handle!

    It's very exciting to know you are going to give this challenge a try. I haven't a single doubt you'll share something really special.

    In fact, I'm betting your Door to Nowhere will be much like a trip to Mars and back! You just strike me as a Martian for some reason....all due respect..........Thanks Tsad... Peace, Paula

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    TSAD 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

    Paula, A beautifully written hubpage about doors, btw, I like how you express life and personality, dreams and open doors in a way that intrigues me to read on. Your style is almost hypnotic yet poetic in it's reflections. Liked the Doors clip too, brought back fond memories of a time all but forgotten in my life.

    You have inspired me to take the challenge, but I warn you I'm not the talented writer like Billybuc and the rest of y'all are. I always have a hard time with endings, but I'm going to give it a try.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks Kim...Appreciate your comment and opinion....Have a great week-end...Peace, Paula

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    ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

    Oh! How I am loving Bill and this challenge. So cool to see all the different angles from which we choose to approach this prompt.

    A Super V+ for sure! Like Jodah, I do not believe you could have selected a more perfect song accompaniment.

    ~Kim

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Emese &

    Flourish

    Thank you so much for visiting and especially for your positive comments. I appreciate your input. Have a wonderful week-end.

    Peace, Paula

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    FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

    The underlying message here is a wise one. Glad to see that you offered one up in the challenge . Nicely done!

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    EmeseRéka 2 years ago from The Desert

    I really enjoyed this. I love the way you made it positive, about a door to somewhere. Beautiful. Thank you for a great read.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Martie, my Aries Sister......we "rams" don't need to open doors.....we just give them a good hard head butt....and the whole world opens up to us!!

    Keep smiling, dear friend.....I hope you are healing and feeling much better. You are in my thoughts.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hmmmm...maybe you were sleep-walking, DJ. Good thing you didn't open any doors and go tumbling into nowhere......what on earth would Pete do without his special girl?

    The Twilight zone is more like real life than we care to admit, girlfriend. Not a thing surprises me anymore.

    I'm pleased you enjoyed my work. It's my first challenge. Bill has a way of guilting me into these things. That's OK...we all need someone who will kick us in the butt now and then.

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    DJ Anderson 2 years ago

    Paula, I feel like I am in the middle of a Twilight Zone episode.

    I could not sleep and was up at 4:30 AM. Your hub was not listed, I found it in "notifications". I poured out my heart to this amazing

    response to Bill's challenge. Wonder why your hub had not come through in my mail, like all the others?

    Today, still no sign of your hub or comments made. I go back to notifications, and there it is, but no comment from me. Lesson learned,

    do not leave comments at 4:30 in the AM.

    You have shown great wisdom in your words, much strength in your

    choices and much love in your actions. One hell of a good write, kid-o!

    Love,

    DJ.

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    Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

    From the beginning to the end this story is fruit for thought.

    Ignoring that door? Well, just knowing the door exists, to be opened whenever we feel like opening it, is enough reason to move on .... just go where the door is no longer a temptation...

    This story of yours gave me an idea for a story I could write, but oh, at present I just don't have the time on my hands to meet this challenge.

    Voted up and awesome!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks so much Dressage.....I truly appreciate your feedback...Have a great week-end!! Peace, Paula

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Thought provoking and interesting a great response to Billy's challenge.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    pop....thanks for stopping by. Always happy to see you. My door is open to my friends 24/7. Of course, my favorite door in all of Hubville is the swinging saloon door to the INN! LOL....Peace, Paula

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    mary 615....I understand completely. I think this is the best course of action for all of us. Peace & blessings to you! Have a great week-end.

    Paula

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ruby...so happy you stopped by and like my answer to bill's challenge. I certainly loved yours. You are one of the brave who goes after every challenge. I'm a little leery......this is my first. Take Care, Ruby! Paula

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    breakfastpop 2 years ago

    What a a fantastic piece of writing, fp! I loved where your words took me and I feel lighter and better having read them. Voted up, useful and awesome!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Til....OK, I'll take my compliments like a big girl. Promise. I backed away from challenges all along. This is my first. It's that damned bro bill..he talks me into everything

    This was one of those things that I approached with a bit of nervousness. I'm happy to know you liked it. I don't know what any of us would do without the constant flow of support from one another.

    Thanks, GF.....stay WARM! God, is winter almost over??? Peace, Paula

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    Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

    You did a beautiful piece for this challenge. I have many doors in my life I choose to leave closed, but I always look forward to opening new ones, too.

    Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

    What a perfect video for this brilliant piece of writing. Yes, there are doors that should remain closed. Hopefully we've learned from our many mistakes and I'm sure there will be more doors to lock and throw the key away. After all we're human. Loved this. Thank you..

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    Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

    Oh girlfriend this answer to Bill's challenge reminds me of all the wonderful things you are. Stop making faces and take your compliments like a big girl.

    Your depth of character and love shine through every example you site. I know you'll be there for all of us just as we'll be there for you, no shenanigans, well maybe a little, but always a lot of love. Special, crazy ladies are my favorite ;)

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks, Lady G.

    Fred......I appreciate the way you think. Optimism is a blessing you have obviously learned to nurture. More power to you. Peace & blessings, Paula

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    Fred Arnold 2 years ago from Clearwater, FL

    This was a great look into the duality of options. I differ in a way, however, as I do not look at any door as a door to nowhere. I find that nowhere is just a challenge to be overcome. It's about findings the paths that make that door work so there is no doubt you did everything in your power to make it work.

    Great thoughts here.

    -Fred

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    Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

    I think it is there now. Hubpages had a problem with my sharing my link with Bill and then I had to go through FB to get to him.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Audrey

    Randy

    Devika

    annart &

    Sha

    How wonderful to wake up to visits from some of my favorite people here in Hubville. 5 lovely ladies with such beautiful encouraging words.

    Although words are the tools of our craft, in this moment I feel speechless but to express to you how very much you mean to me.

    Thank you. Sending Love & Peace, Paula

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    Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

    I love this, Paula! We all hit up against Doors to Nowhere in our lives. The key is to back away and keep walking until they are no longer in sight. I love your philosophy. And your song choice is right on!

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    Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

    Absolutely fantastic, Paula!

    You are so right that doors we've closed should remain so and it's definitely better to do things together. We learn so much along the way - the only advantage to getting older!

    Love the confidential chatty style here; it's refreshing to read a non-story response to this challenge.

    Brilliant!

    Ann

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    Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    You so greatly thought of a beautiful hub. I enjoyed reading your expressions and just too perfectly mentioned.

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    Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Great thoughts and expression, Paula! I love that it went from the door to nowhere to the door to somewhere! The Alexander Graham Bell quote is one of my favoritea and. like you, The Doors remind me of younger, more carefree times.

    I'd like to say you are yeoman, bit I have to look it up first!

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    Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    "Once we take those first few steps we choose how far we go and how much we do. The end result will be our legacy." Profound words. Paula, I could ride on your wings, learning and growing as a writer. You are quite amazing my friend.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Mike.....such a beautiful gift of a comment. I love it. Thanks so much for your extra special touch! You're the best.....

    Yes, it is best we sit on the floor because 2 tiny sips of wine and I'll be out like a light!

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    mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    So we are to ignore the door

    and there is still time to soar

    Life remains a grand tour

    as there is strength at our core

    And the past is just lore

    with degrees of emotional gore

    So, let’s just sit on the floor

    and there is the wine, I’ll pour

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Awww Bobbi...you are just tooooo sweet. I'll give you a week to stop the compliments!! LOL

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi Paula,

    You won the challenge in my book. I love the way your mind works.

    You have a great weekend.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Lady G......Yes, strange and ironic. Why can't I find your hub on the challenge?

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thanks Jodah my pal. I'm a huge DOORS fan. Brings me back to younger days, happy times and whole lot of memories.

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    John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Brilliant essay for the challenge Paula, jam packed with wise advice. Love the Doors song too 'Break on Through(to the Other Side)...perfect choice. Voted up.

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Thank you for such a nice comment to my first challenge. I did it very apprehensively. Now I have to go look up "yeoman," because I'm only vaguely familiar with it.....even though I know I can trust you. Brothers have been known to pull pranks!! LOL

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    Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

    Great hub and yes we can alsow go through the door to the otherside. Funny how you and I were working on this challenge at the same time. Ironic in your hub about working closer together.

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    Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    What beautiful reflections and truths, Sis! Love the part about our egos shrinking as we move on...isn't that the truth? There wasn't enough room for me and another person at times because of that damned ego. Now I can share a room or two with another human being without stepping on the Giant E. That's progress, my friend, and it is welcomed.

    Anyway, I love your approach to this challenge, and I thank you for taking part. You did yeoman's work, Sis.