Friday, May 14, 2010

Doors and Windows

There's an old saying...



I'm sure you're familiar.   It goes something like...



"When one door closes,


another door opens."


Or is it, "When a door closes,


a window opens."?

You're probably wondering if I have a point here, which I actually do.  Some of you may recall my recent post, where I ranted on and on about how much I hate applying for exhibitions.  Well, the rejections have started rolling in, and I could just hear the doors slamming!  I started to feel a little... less than hopeful, I guess you could say.  

But then, yesterday, a strange and unexpected thing happened.  I got an email from a gallery saying that they have chosen me for a solo show!  I'm still not convinced that it's not some sort of mistake.   I hear a voice in my head saying, "This just doesn't happen to me."

As a student of Buddhism and other philosophies, I know that our thoughts do create our reality.  I think we expect what we get used to, and those thoughts can become a habit, a pattern, a self-fulfilling prophecy.  My point is this: when you're busy focusing on the closed door, it's hard to notice the open one.


The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
- William James

9 comments:

  1. Congratulations on being selected for a solo exhibition! Now that that door is open, I expect that it will be very busy time of preparation and excitement to get through it. Let us know the details as they unfold!

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  2. Just when you thought that getting your foot in the door only got it slammed on you get a chance for something we all strive for. Congratulations Sharmon! Hard work does pay off doesn't it?

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  3. Congratulations. I just popped in from Karin's blog. I wish you lots of luck. I like the way you think, thanks for sharing. I love art and am trying to "learn" to do it "right." :) Take care

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  4. Heisann!
    I landed her on my inspiring journey. Think I stay for a while ;:OD)
    Have a nice week!

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  5. Congrats, Sharmon!! You sure deserve it!! Your post is so appropriate!! Loved it!!

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  6. Excellent news. Do you know the gallery? Is it in your area? When are your dates?
    it will be lovely to hear how your work unfolds as you move toward this threshold.

    I'm so happy for you Sharmon!

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  7. I love those. Not just a sayong but so much azmosphere, history and attitude in those you selected.

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