Standing in the doorway
There's a threshold between worlds,
A space between one reality and another
A line in the sand,
Between what was and what is to come.
I've found that it's where we spend most of our time,
Just standing and waiting.
I've never understood why we stand,
Hesitant, filled with trepidation,
Worrying about the unfathomable
When there's always magic on the other side.
The threshold is neither here nor there
You're not who you were
But you're not who you could be, either
It's a place of transition but also,
In all these years, I'm still trying to master it.
The art of standing in the doorway,
But for a second.
Over the past few days, I've traded stories with many dear friends who've said goodbye to one thing and welcomed another. The experience of leaving the old behind and stepping into the new is almost always tinged with melancholia. There's curiosity about what's ahead but nostalgia for what's lost and fear about the unseen.
If there's one thing I could wish for everyone in 2020, it'd be the courage to step through doorways rather than just stand in them. Why waste another second languishing in the middle, second-guessing your choices? Don't spend another moment wondering if the new will be as good as the old. Pick a side and take a step. The timing will never be perfect. You have what it takes. Trust that things will fall into place exactly as they should.
I'll leave you with this excellent quote by W.H. Murray:
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”