“Patience is a virtue” is a phrase which has been around for ages – exactly how long, I can tell you as I looked it up. It was first recorded in the narrative poem ‘piers Plowman’ written by William Langland between 1360 and 1387.
It is not a virtue I believe one is born with, but one which can definitely be cultivated. I have also found that it leads to another phrase – “When one door closes, another opens.”
It’s important to remember that there are people and circumstances on each side of a door. There have been several occasions recently, when I’ve found it essential to close doors, but what is important to remember, is to close it quietly. Don’t slam them closed. Closed gently, they might open again under different circumstances.
Once closed though, you find yourself with more time and energy. Last year, I closed the doors on being a full-time broadcaster, knowing only that I could no longer spend my precious hours and days in a job where I was not appreciated and where there were no opportunities. Closing that, opened one to spending more time with my daughter. My reward came when she said “I’m so glad you are here for me every afternoon.” What could be better than that?
In the corporate world, it’s the same. I knocked on one in December 2014 which was cautiously opened, and in February 2017, has started a new and very exciting world for me which I will tell you more about soon. It will take me to the London Book Fair in March and allow me to develop so many other ideas I’ve had for a long time.
I spend every day looking at other people’s ideas, thoughts, and would like to hear from you – what doors have opened or closed for you? Are you open to new paths?
Share your experiences!