Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tip#25: When One Door Closes Another Door Opens - Erin Brockovich
"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."
Alexander Graham Bell
Exactly one week ago today I opened up a copy of Toronto's Metro News and saw myself featured in the column, 'On The Move'. It was exciting and that moment reminded me of the quote above. It also reminded me how the column interview would not have happened had I not trusted in my gut at the time.
To understand more I need to take you back another week before the Metro News feature came out. It was the same Wednesday I had the bomb drop on me that dream projects I'd been working on for months had the plug pulled on them (see Tip#22). I was in shock and easily could have slipped into a depressed, reclusive state. Thankfully, a friend of mine offered to cheer me up by taking me out to lunch at The Stem. So we set a time that day to meet.
Two hours later I was crossing an icy Queen St. West and Spadina Ave. street corner to meet my friend when I recognized a Toronto media personality named Enza Supermodel standing there. Not feeling very positive or sociable I chose to walk by without saying hello.
Now let me take you back just two days earlier because I had just met Enza for the first time at a book launch. We had a nice chat and I told her how much I liked her newspaper column called 'On The Move' that featured random people she interviewed on the street. Secretly though I always wanted to be in Enza's column.
You can probably see the serendipity unfolding here. Thankfully I have trained myself to recognize that synchronicity is always at work and that it was presenting something bigger here.
So as I walked by Enza on that chilly street my gut was telling me to turn around and say hello. Despite my depressed energy I turned towards Enza and mustered up a greeting. She recognized me and enthusiastically asked if she could interview me. I was a little surprised but willingly did the brief interview and had my picture taken. This all seemed surreal because two hours before I was feeling somewhat rejected and here was someone else wanting to share with the world the value of what I was all about.
The feeling of rejection can be debilitating as anyone has experienced. What inspires me to move forward are movie heroes like Erin Brockovichwhere she always maintained an inner strength and self-esteem in the face of rejections.
I remembered a montage of rejection after rejection early in the movie as she inquires about jobs over the phone. Based on a true story, Erin's strong proactive attitude eventually got her the job that led to amazing her history making success.
So last week's news article was not only a dream come true but a testament for finding my inner strength to recognize the open door in front of me when one had shut unexpectedly. Imagine all the opportunities that are waiting for you to recognize if you just stay alert for when they appear.
Keep your head up despite the weight you feel upon you. Wipe off the mud slung at your face to keep your eyes clear. Rise above your feelings of rejection and watch for your own opening doors in front of you.
© Emmanuel Lopez 2007