Last weekend, I attended an art celebration at a lovely museum in Timesavers' newest town of Owensboro. It is there that some works very familiar to me are on permanent display. My artist uncle's creations are enjoyed every day inside those walls. One of the pieces I love most is entitled "Michael's Door". An old wooden door painted with bright colors and shapes, beautiful on both sides of the door. It got me thinking.
How many of us can say we have found beauty on both sides of the door? How many of us even open the door every time we have a brightly colored opportunity? I began to think about how the answers to these questions entwine with caring for our families. Moving from one phase of life to another is very much like walking through a door. And it can sometimes feel as if we are leaving a time of beauty and joy and entering a much more challenging, darker place. It might be difficult to recognize the beauty of the other side of the door.
But what about the beauty of the opportunity transition brings? When the needs of people we love begin to change, it is easy to look at it as overwhelming, and demanding of us something we are not prepared to give. What if we looked at it as a chance to create something new and powerful in its effect on our family? What if we could create an environment of color and light that surrounded us and our families and embraced the fact that life moves forward, whether or not we are ready.
Doors are everywhere in our lives. They can represent challenge, change, vision, and possibility. They can keep us away from something and can protect us. And they can open to a whole new beauty on the other side, a palette we had never even considered. What doors will you walk through in your journey with your own family? Be sure to look for the joy on the other side.