Doors, windows and an open path

My walls are filled with doors and windows.

By that, I do not mean three-dimensional wood and glass versions, but rather paintings and photographs of doors and windows. And paths.Historical Old Gates

I did not purposefully fill my walls with these items. I think my subconscious did that for me, quietly and unobtrusively.

When I realized there was a theme here, I wondered what it is that draws me so strongly to portals of this type. It did not take me long to figure out it was the call of possibility.

window opened to the beautiful city park with path and green trees
window opened to the beautiful city park with path and green trees

A closed or open door invites knocking and entering. A window provides a vista into another realm of possibility, be it the world inside that a special someone has created or the world outside with all of its possibilities.

And a footpath? Who can resist the siren’s call of a winding footpath through trees, over mountains, to the water? I certainly cannot.

Perhaps it is my innate curiosity that beckons me to new experiences and their flip side, the reassuringly familiar. The comfort of coming home to the same hearth and loved ones for the thousandth time–knowing what awaits on the other side is love, a warm meal, a comfortable bed—is what allows me to brave an unknown door, window or path.

Stairway to forest, Erawan national park,Kanchanburi, Western of Thailand
Stairway to forest, Erawan national park,Kanchanburi, Western of Thailand

I have a dear blogging friend who once told me that she is a bit of a Hobbit. She knows that hearth, home and a peaceful quiet all feed her soul. I have that bit in me—many of us do—but also the need for the new, the unknown, the challenge that changes me.

It is in the balance of the two that I find joy. Rather, it finds me.

Today, as you go about your business, I am wishing you just the right portal.

You may be in need of a new adventure. Open that window and climb into the garden; follow the path to parts unknown.

Or perhaps you are a bit world weary. Then let your feet beat a familiar path to a door that welcomes you. One with a wagging tail or a warm smile on the other side.

And give joy a friendly how-do-you-do from me.



27 Comments Add yours

  1. I too love pictures of doors and pathways. They call to the artist within me, and they most certainly call to my inner child’s curiosity.

    1. candidkay says:

      I love that you’ve kept that curiosity. It’s a precious commodity:).

  2. susicx says:

    Reblogged this on susicx.

  3. I’m fascinated by doors, windows and paths too Kay, perhaps it’s the writer in us, wondering what lies behind them or where the path will lead.

  4. You write so beautifully Kay. Thanks for the thoughts.

  5. Paths can be either be taken as how vast tomorrow can be, or it can be taken as how long I have travelled.
    Great post!

  6. srbottch says:

    When I take a picture with a ‘path’ type feature, I always compose it so it makes you ask, ‘where will this take me?’ The possibilities are endless when you’re imagining the answer. Nice thoughts.

  7. Anne P says:

    I really enjoyed this post. I love to adventure (though getting harder & harder as i age) but then i like coming home at them end of the adventure. I love paths more than doorways & windows as i find them more adventurous. Thanks for the words

  8. Jamie S. M. says:

    Your post reminded me of what my high school photography teacher valued so highly in class: photos with a window, winding path, or parts unknown. It kept the observer interested, curious and imaginative.
    It’s nice to be reminded how many doorways we cross and paths we encounter throughout our lives. When things go wrong or I feel like I’ve come to a dead end, I must always remember that there is another path or door waiting to be discovered.

    1. candidkay says:

      Here’s to many more in your future:).

  9. LisaDiane says:

    Lovely photos; cool theme

  10. So lovely. I always have a tug of war between home and adventure. And I don’t have a lot of middle ground between the two. I’m either home all the time or going on some big trip once or twice a year. There’s little in between. Love your pictures. They do feed the soul.

  11. Marie says:

    Today I followed your path to Amy’s lovely doorway. Such a treat to discover poetry and photography at the end of another’s sharing; a hidden garden of sorts.

    1. candidkay says:

      I’m so glad! Amy is truly one of a kind and her posts never cease to inspire me:).

  12. KM Huber says:

    Timely post for me. A new adventure is mine, it seems. It is so new I have not yet discovered its portal. Your post reminds I need to look again–new day, new eyes. Thanks, Kay!

    1. candidkay says:

      You will find it! Of that I’m sure;).

  13. Amy says:

    Ah, the lure of a window that opens out to an inviting garden, or a tree-lined country lane, or a sandy path that winds to the sea. . . There are so many doors and windows available to us. I love that you find joy in being part Hobbit, part daring adventuress – a combination I admire, particularly your brave and adventuresome spirit! I also happen to love the familiar path that leads to this portal, where I know your wonderful words and welcoming smile will greet me. A friendly how-do-you-do from me to you this evening, my dear, and many thanks for another wonderful post! xoxo

    1. candidkay says:

      You inspired it, Hobbit friend:). Thank you. Lucky to have met you!

  14. This is a great Kay. I have found it is a balance too, of nurturing in the familiar, but also stepping out into change and discovery. Love the photos as well.

  15. This is beautiful, Kay, and just what I needed to hear today! Thank you for such a lovely window of words!

    1. candidkay says:

      Thank you! Happy you happened upon the words you needed to hear . . .

  16. A lovely and intriguing post. Made me smile.

  17. Sold Kay…I’m taking your advice and opening my front door to adventures beyond right now. If I’m lucky maybe I’ll end up in a place that will bring a smile…or who knows what 🙂
    Have a lovely day…and thank you for the nudge to ‘exit’ this world for a time 😀

    1. candidkay says:

      You’ll have to tell us about those adventures, Mark:). For those of us needing the comforts of home on a rainy, gloomy night!

      1. It’s only early morning here, a little overcast, and an invitation for a coffee by the water in whatever sun I can find…I’ll see if I can take a picture of some dolphins to enhance your night 🙂

  18. andrewdavid1668 says:

    Your lovely words and wonderful pictures have put a smile on my face, i do really like the stairway photo. Thank you for sharing.

    1. candidkay says:

      Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. Glad they touched you today!

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