Monday, July 8, 2013

Quote of the Week

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When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.  – Alexander Graham Bell

Bell, a creative man with a sensitive nature and talent for the arts, produced his first invention at the age of 12.  He invented a machine for dehusking wheat, normally a laborious process.  He was later, and most well known, for inventing the telephone.  

I wonder what he would think about how his invention has evolved over the years.  When you couple this with the quote from the Chairman of IBM a few weeks ago, I think both men would be amazed at the Smart Phone which combines the computer with the telephone.

It seems to me that Bell's quote is quite clear.  We miss opportunities by focusing on the past rather than looking ahead.  The closed door is the past.  We can't change that.  The open door represents future opportunities.  When the door opens, step inside.


  1. That's very true. Looking back at what was or might have been, doesn't get life lived :)

  2. What a great quote. If he could see how his invention evolved, he would probably text his thoughts to his co-workers.

  3. We definitely can get stuck in those lost opportunities at times and ignore the bright new ones awaiting our attention.

    Hope you have a beautiful week, Linda!

  4. Babs- No it doesn't. Always look ahead and live life now.

    Cheryl- That thought makes me smile.

    Talon- Unfortunately sometimes it is a struggle to release the past. Step away from the closed door.

  5. As one who has many times been stuck staring at the closer door, I really liked this quote. I had always heard the first part, "When one door closes; another opens..." but didn't realize there was more to it and it was the best part.

    A good reminder for me. I hope the summer is treating you well:~)

    p.s. I like your last words to Talon: "STEP AWAY FROM THE CLOSED DOOR."

    Also, I hope the cats are doing well. Aggie's been frustrated because of all the thunderstorms we've been having. I find her hidden in the oddest places:~)

  6. This is one I actually don't have trouble with... I've gotten pretty good at heading through open doors. I've even managed to slam a few shut on my way out :-)

  7. A good reminder to get our eyes focused in the right direction.

  8. "We miss opportunities by focusing on the past rather than looking ahead"


  9. I really like this quote. It is such a great reminder that there are opportunities all around us if we are open to them.


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