Delighted to share this post by Christy Birmingham which I thought was appropriate for the start of the New Year. We often set ourselves New Year resolutions that tend to fall by the wayside within a few weeks. Perhaps instead we should follow Christy’s approach to life ……
How I Found Inspiration in a Door Frame by Christy Birmingham
Limit inspiration? Never. Photo Source: Hartwig HKD, CC BY-ND 4.0, via Flickr
I had a thought today that sent shivers down my body. It came seemingly from nowhere, only moments after I had woken up from a nap on the couch. I walked into my bedroom and boom it came to me. The doorway.
I walked through the doorway and thought about how I have heard the way the door frame is used as a metaphor for open opportunities. You know many quotes about doors, I’m sure, but here are a few for you, just as examples:
“When one door closes, another door opens.” (Alexander Graham Bell)
“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” (Flora Whittemore)
And then here is the boom that came to me. Doorways are limited. They have frames. Physical frames, usually of wood or steel, which fill the sides and top of the opening. They’re made large enough for most people to be able to walk through and they are sturdy. Some people are so tall that they need to bend down a bit to get through it.
Here’s my point though – they are limited. Doors are opportunities, yes, but they have frames that limit their size. We walk through them, yes, but we can walk through so many more opportunities when we stop limiting ourselves to frames on doors.
Instead, let’s eliminate those frames and just make it so that we walk through spaces, open spaces. Yes, this blog is a source of female encouragement, but this concept applies to women and men of all ages. Let’s keep us open rather than having boundaries.
Why limit what we can achieve in life? Even if you have never attended college, had a job that pays more than minimum wage or owned a home, you can still achieve what you want in life. Dream. Take away the boundaries of the doors to your mind. Replace them with open spaces through which you can walk and rise.
Say to yourself, “I will rise. I will seek. I will do.” Remember, no limits. None. You can do so much when you stop limiting what you believe you can achieve.
Let’s take life and make it all that it can be! Are you with me?
©Christy Birmingham 2014
My thanks to Christy for starting this new series of Posts from Your Archives off with such an inspiring message. Let’s make this a year of exploring the wide open spaces and being the best we can be.
About Christy Birmingham.
Christy Birmingham is a freelance writer in Victoria, BC, who has a BA in Psychology and has taken professional writing courses at the University of Victoria. She is the author of Pathways to Illumination (Redmund Productions, 2013), her first poetry book. Her work also appears in the Poetry Institute of Canada’s From the Cerulean Sea: An Anthology of Verse (2013) and the literary journals The Claremont Review and Tipton Poetry Journal.
Books by Christy Birmingham
Pathways to Illumination is the debut poetry collection from Canadian writer Christy Birmingham. The book follows one woman’s journey following the end of an abusive relationship. Read how she struggles to rise from darkness, a soul reaching for light, with words that weave hope and despair through the pages.
A review on Goodreads for Pathways to Illumination
By Rolly A… Five Stars.
I have been reading Christy Birmingham’s poetry and writings for the past three years. This is a work of art at its finest which paints a riveting story of a journey she has travelled filled with what was thought to be love, but resulted in pain, suffering much emotional trauma and eventually finding her way out to live with freedom and an amazingly positive outlook.
Through Christy’s book, we are able to live the fear, trauma and eventual healing we see in the closing poems. Poetry that touches the heart of the reader as it is written from the heart of someone who has been through a great deal.
The greatest blessing is to know Christy and the heart and willingness she has to share in hopes of helping others who suffer. It is my pleasure to call her a truly gifted writer and friend I admire and a person who many look to for strength, courage and support.
Never stop writing Christy, you have been given a very special gift and a gift which will bless many.
Imagine a shift to the way you see the world that arises through poetic narration. Imagine the world, at its base level, is a collection of selves. These selves collide, disperse, intermingle, and share themselves in lines of free verse. Such is the premise of Versions of the Self, poetry that assumes multiple types of selves exist and relate in ways that alter them. Each of the eight chapters looks at a different type of self, including the singular “I” and romantic interactions. These unique 80 poems definitely color themselves outside of the lines.
One of the reviews for Versions of the Self
Versions of the Self is a collection of poetry that inspires and enthralls. Each thought-provoking piece is one to be savored. A variety of topics are explored, from nature (Painted Mountains) to simple pleasures (A Sundae Type of Day), from love to heartbreak. Ultimately, this collection is about relationships in all its forms. Christy Birmingham delves deep into the bonds of family (Tender Hands) and friendship, and she also examines the many ways love can go wrong (and right). But the most important relationship she writes about is the relationship we have with ourselves, or more specifically, with the many versions of ourselves that reside within us.
I have so many favorites within the pages of this book. In “Equality and Vision,” Christy honors women from our past, present, and future. Beautifully and delicately woven, “Introspection and Suffocation” resonated with me for many reasons. “Beauty, In Pursuit” examines our society’s relationship with trends and obsession with outer beauty. I could go on and on. If you love poetry, or if you are interested in branching out and reading more poetry, I would highly recommend this book.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Versions-Self-Christy-Birmingham/dp/0994094906
Connect to Christy
Goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7177834.Christy_Birmingham
The New Series of Posts from Your Archives.
The new series of posts from your archives is open. This series I am looking for posts from your archives that are at least six months old. The theme is LIFE in all its glory. Family, travel, short strories, non-fiction, poetry, history, food, recipes, pets, health, relationships, music, photography, art. As you will see you will have an opportunity to promote your work at the end of the posts but if you just wish to promote your books then that comes under a separate set of promotions.
Email me Four links from your archives of the posts you would like to share with a new audience… MINE. Sally.firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to hearing from you.