A DOOR, AJAR

Sharing our Self-Discovery 2014 Game continues.  Carol (Nov. 13) writes, “Front doors are sacred to me.  If someone’s front door is open, I assume the owner is near or the neighbors are on the alert.  I would never go inside without an invitation.  If I am borrowing sugar, I will call out or knock first, then go to the next house.  If my own front door is open, it is because I am working in my garden.  On rare occasions I am forgetful and might leave my front door unlocked.  The possible consequences to such an oversight make me shudder.”

Although Carol sees aspects of all three door choices, she comments first on the door ajar, and also shows her own door, open. About this choice, Kokology 2 authors Tadahiko Nagao and Isamo Saito say, “You aren’t the type to get carried away in crisis situations. On the contrary, you’re so relaxed that you may not notice a crisis is occurring at all. The mistakes you make are caused more by oversight than bad intentions, but the end results for you (and the people around you) are the same.”

When Carol compares the authors’ comments to her thoughts about herself, she says, “My husband compensates for my carelessness and reminds me to be more careful.  When I am careless or oblivious, I blame myself, apologize, and try not to repeat the mistake.  A prompt, sincere apology usually goes a long way to fix things.  Negative consequences that ripple to others never feel good.”

Carol’s front door

Carol’s front door

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