Close the door. And keep it closed.
Close the door to the storms with their blustery winds, pounding rains, and flashing lightening.
Close the door and put up a façade, a bold scarlet portico so that others cannot see the messiness that lies within.
Close the door to your mind, and keep out those pesky, scary, conflicting opinions and viewpoints that do nothing but muddle and distract our feeble minds.
Close the door to the dark corners of your soul, for they will only make you cower in shame.
Close the door to others, and protect yourself from the pain that accompanies surrender and attachment.
Close the door to compassion, to empathy, to forgiveness, and to contrition, for they are signs of fragility that create the potential for misuse.
And, yes, by all means, close to the door to truly knowing yourself and others, for you will only be disappointed by our human shortcomings.
Close the door and keep it shut so that you don’t let in the hurt, sadness, anger, frustration, and confusion and you don’t let others see the intricacies of what lurks behind the pretty façade.
You could open the door.
Maybe you could open the door to the bright sunshine and the soft cool breezes.
Maybe you could open the door to the hidden corners, discovering that, under the cobwebs and dust, there are marvelous hidden gems of hope, bravery, and resiliency.
Maybe you could open the door to the spirit of others, feeling the power that lies in surrendering to love.
Maybe you could open the door to compassion, to empathy, to forgiveness, and to contrition, using them as tools for building bridges and connecting with others.
Maybe you could open the door to truly knowing yourself and others, allowing yourself to be swept away by the amazing power of human understanding and bond.
Maybe you could open the door – and keep it open – letting in the joy, sadness, pleasure, pain, excitement, pride, peacefulness, chaos, awareness, and knowledge that come with a living a truly authentic life. And you would find that what lurks behind the thick heavy doors is even more beautiful than the pretty façade you had kept closed.