Sometimes it’s hard to find openings, ways to get in and get out.

Not all doors look like doors—heavy wooden slabs with handles to turn or pull to open and close. And they are not all found on traditional structures like houses and office buildings.

Sometimes the walls that hold you out are made of reeds growing along the shore,


and frame your view of the world.  You are bound by your idea of wall instead of freed by the open door.

Other doors aren’t doors at all, they are signs warning you of the rules, enter at your own risk,


marking boundaries of beginning and ends.

Some doors are small, requiring you to duck low, risk the muck and slime


as you get a glimpse at the light on the other side.

Some doors are bridges to go over or under or through, marking sides, taking sides, allowing access to both sides.


There are doors on platforms, high enough to see above the fray, watchtowers of protection,


hope, and possibility.

Doors can be wide angles, opening to vistas


But you have to find them, recognize them

as openings

as doors

ways in and ways out.

6 thoughts on “Doors

  1. dogtrax

    It’s hard to find openings,
    ways to get in and get out;
    I’ve buried my keys in more places
    than I can forget,
    and yet still, when I need to remember.
    I draw blank,
    staring at the closed door as if for the first time,
    waiting patiently for you to come on in
    from the other side.

    — Line Lifting on a Blog Walk on CLMOOC Friday Morning

  2. tellio

    Everything is a door if you hang them for a living. Here is one with a secret button that opens into a wonderzone:

    Here is the relevant quote: “The strange and beautiful truth about the adjacent possible is that its boundaries grow as you explore them. Each new combination opens up the possibility of other new combinations. Think of it as a house that magically expands with each door you open. You begin in a room with four doors, each leading to a new room that you haven’t visited yet. Once you open one of those doors and stroll into that room, three new doors appear, each leading to a brand-new room that you couldn’t have reached from your original starting point. Keep opening new doors and eventually you’ll have built a palace.”

    Thanks for sharing your palace.

    1. kd0602 Post author

      Thanks so much for your response–and for sharing this article. I love this quote…and the whole idea of the “adjacent possible” (as well as bricolage and tinkering). Fits perfectly into thinking we’ve been doing related to our systems make cycle coming up starting on Monday! Maybe I should have some trouble getting my writing going more often! 🙂



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