Closed doors define you
D. PAUL REILLY
Published: May 21, 2013
I'll bet that a whole lot of people may be a bit puzzled by the title of today's article Closed Doors define you, saying to themselves, I wonder what D. Paul means by that? Well, let me explain it like this. Everyone can be positive and upbeat when everything is going great in their life. For instance, I've got a wonderful well-paying job, I recently moved into a fabulous new home in an upscale neighborhood with my new bride, I'm driving a late model luxury car and enjoying the best of health; that's why I'm always smiling, positive and upbeat ... everything is absolutely great in my life! Well my friend, under those circumstances, it really doesn't take a whole lot of effort to be positive and upbeat, does it? No it doesn't!
However, when everything appears to be going wrong in a person's life, when doors of one kind or another keep on getting slammed closed in front of us; then how do we react? Do we then become downright negative as we start to blame everyone under the sun, so to speak, for our failures whilst displaying a terrible, negative attitude to everyone and to life itself, in all its aspects? Surely this is worth thinking about? You bet it is! You see, I honestly think, that the true character of a person really comes out when the chips are down, so to speak, and all hell seems to break out, as door after door is literally slammed shut in our face. When you're faced with a whole lot of failure, do you give in, or fight real hard to regain your dignity.
You see, what we actually do with our failures does indeed, in my opinion really define us, who we are for true. Abraham Lincoln failed in business twice as a young man. When he entered the field of politics, he failed to get elected to office on nine, yes that's nine different occasions; he most certainly had to deal with a whole lot of closed doors. But these tough times, these closed doors really did in the end define him as he was finally elected president of the United States of America in 1861. He simply refused point blank to quit in spite of his repeated failures; the closed doors he continually encountered only helped to make him much stronger and more persistent, which eventually led him straight to the door of the White House. Yes indeed, closed doors define you. Yes they do!
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