Open Door Policy

Do you have an open door policy?

Do You Have An Open Door Policy?

Doors come in a large variety of shapes and sizes and materials. There are closet doors, garage doors, entry doors, pet doors, barn doors, bedroom doors, and even office doors. Doors can be made from wood, like oak, or made from steel or plastic or from Masonite or even on some rare occasions, stone.

But for as many kinds of doors as there are in the world, they all have a singular defining purpose. They restrict movement.

Now that’s not to say, doors aren’t useful, you would certainly want to have your car doors closed when you are driving on the freeway, if you want your cat to be able to come and go from your home without you needing to open the door all the time, it’s a pretty good idea to have a pet door. And if you want to have a bit of privacy to meditate or say your affirmations, then being able to close the door to your bedroom or study is a really nice thing.

But those are temporary restrictions. And when you get to your destination, you open the door to get out of your car, the cat is happy to go out in the morning and when you are done meditating you can open the door to your room and be filled with peace. Doors are very useful in those instances.


Are You The Boss?

At workplaces doors are a big deal. If you are the boss, a lot of times you have an office which has a door on it. If you are not the boss, many times you have to work in the middle of an open room with a lot of other people. Having a door you can close when you want is perceived as a symbol of power. Not having a door is perceived as not having control.

The authentic nature of the Universe is flow. The idea that energy is always moving, that movement is important to flow of life in our hearts. By nature, our bodies are always in constant motion. Even when we are sitting still, our hearts are pumping to circulate the blood through out our bodies, our lungs are moving drawing air in and out, and our nerves are sending tiny impulses of electricity coursing through our entire bodies. Life is all about movement.

But We Love Doors

But we have this thing with doors. Almost like a love affair. Doors are symbolic in a couple of ways in our world. Being closed, they are all about who is in charge. Being open means free movement.

When its time for a bit of privacy, closing the door is a good idea. But because we associate the idea of power with who gets to close the door, we often develop this auxiliary idea that having a door closed is better than having it open. So if we want power in our lives we close. The door, our hearts, our minds.

The Universe is about flow

Life Is About Flow

And the idea of the nature of the Universe being flow, gets left behind.

Making the idea of a closed door as being symbolic of power means leaving the other half of a door’s power unused. The truth is, it is not the closed door that gives the power; and actually, it isn’t even the open door. It’s the idea that you have control over what you do with your door that brings true power to your life.

Now for sure here, we are not talking about the door to your office in particular, we are talking about the door to your mind or your heart or your soul. The door that you have control over to let in great new ideas or keep them out. To welcome in new emotions or keep yourself walled off from the world. To invite the lightness of the Universe to fill you from in the inside or to keep yourself dark and heavy.

That’s what real power is, the ability to choose.

We all know that we are in charge of our own lives; we are basically the boss who has an office with a door on it. And because we are the boss, we can create our own open door policy on our internal office. We can keep the door open for new ideas, and for new thoughts to enter our lives, and when we want to think about those new ideas or reflect on them n private, we can close the door to our office.

It’s actually a really simple idea and it can work very well in your life. Sometimes the door is open, allowing the free flow of ideas and feelings into your heart and mind. And sometimes it’s closed, and that lets us ponder those ideas and feelings so that we can decide if we want to make them be a permanent part of our lives.

How cool is that to be in charge of ourselves.

38 Comments on “Open Door Policy”

  1. Lynn Brown

    What an amazing analogy that you share here. Never realized how many meanings a ‘door’ has or the perception of power. It is true that open doors seem inviting and closed doors seem unapproachable. But in any situation, the power to choose as you mention here, is the most important thing.

    Also not taking things the wrong way should you encounter a ‘closed door’. Always look at the positive in any situation and you will reap the rewards no matter what.
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    1. Michael

      Thank you, Lynn, that is a really nice thing to say. :-) Doors are powerful, almost totemic, and hold a really important spot in the workplace. if we open our doors and close them when we need a bit of quiet time, our inside worlds work really well. Keep our doors closed all the time, not such a good amount of flow in our lives. :-)

  2. Donna Merrill

    Liking the analogy Michael! Sometimes we need to close the door when surrounded with negative energy. Otherwise when our door is open there is an endless flow of energy we can use to our benefit.
    The key point is to Know that we have the power to open or close them. My door is always ajar for the energy to flow. Not fully open, because sometimes it is overwhelming lol
    But when things get a little hectic and I need to go into my own cocoon, I close the door tightly and gently. When finished, I open it again.
    I love the symbolism of doors because it is something we all use in our lives and it represents our own power weather to keep it open or not.
    This really works my friend – thanks for the enlightenment.
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    1. Michael

      Thank you for your kind words, Donna. It is so true that understanding that we have the power over ourselves is quite a significant understanding. that sounds kind of strange but truthfully, many people do not understand they have this power. And when they do realize and act on that knowledge, the transformation of their lives is nothing short of stunning. :-)

  3. Steve Nicholas

    Great post, Michael! I really like the idea of the way that doors serve as a metaphor for life. It reminds me of a poem that I read my junior year in high school called “Fences,” where one of the characters kept saying, “Good fences make good neighbors.” It’s true that it’s a good idea to have some private time, but I agree with you on the importance of opening ourselves up to life and experiences.
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    1. Michael

      Thank you, Steve. :-) It is cool that the idea of flow lets things open and close and come and go. And when we figure out that we are in charge of all that power, that is a tremendously invigorating thing.

  4. marquita herald

    Oh, gotta confess as a writer and a full-fledged introvert I am one who needs a door to allow me to function. In fact at some point many years ago I decided that having my own door would be a sign of success. I finally got it, but then people still wanted to ‘hang out’ with me and would come in and close the door! My boss in fact would come in and put his feet up on my desk; he said he couldn’t even think in his own office (where he always kept the door open!) so he liked to spend time in my office where he could get some peace and we could ‘bounce ideas around.’ Anyway, I’m getting off track -great points covered in your article.
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    1. Michael

      I have been in similar situations, Marty. When I had an office, it was rare that I had the door closed, but if I did not and I needed to work on a project, then that project did not get itself finished very often. :-) Thank you very much for commenting, I am glad that you have control over your office now. No boss with feet on your desk. :-)

  5. Kathryn

    I was just discussing with my friend the importance of having filters in your life. Mainly as it applies to people. A door can be a filter and you are right the power is in the choosing, not just having it closed all the time. I have a tendedency to open and close my doors at the wrong times. Sometimes I wish I opened it more freely.
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    1. Michael

      So true, Kathryn, a door is a very effective filter. And that kind of power over what goes on in your world can be pretty liberating. Timing is a learned skill and when you open and close enough doors, and learn from the results, you will become the expert at doing that in your life. Well, actually you are already are, but its nice when you give yourself that title as well. :-)

  6. William Amis


    This is an eye opening article. You have exposed what most of us keep to our self. I need to have an open door policy for the many years having my own business. I communicate with the family and many guest daily. I need the fuel of fresh ideas in serving more people and the different feelings from each person I bounce ideas off of.

    The door represents authority in managing what flows in our minds and out. You can have it open and become overwhelmed. That is the problem with most people learning to close that door that leads to our imagination. Slow the traffic down a bit.

    Michael, your amazing and I just love the deep thoughts of your mind being shared with just this article as an example. This is a topic that will be endless for all to keep as food for thought.

    Thanks for giving me useful information to improve my personal level of commitment.
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    1. Michael

      Thank you William, for your very kind words. :-)

      It is exactly true that sometimes we need those doors to our minds open and sometimes we need them to be closed. it is so easy to gt overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions and the ideas of other people that we are letting in. Knowing that we have that power to both open and to close the door is a very invigorating idea. When we relax in knowing how our lives really are setup and knowing that we are in control of our own thoughts, our days become infinitely more wonderful. :-)

    1. Michael

      You are so right, Gary. Sometimes we don’t even know this is happening. And can’t figure out why we keep getting the same results over and over again, even when those are thing we don’t want. Knowing we are in charge, is quite liberating.

  7. Nile

    You know it is exactly a form of power. I have experienced it from both sides and even some bad instances.

    However, there are far more than the external… definitely a lot of internal that is based on our own decisions.
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    1. Michael

      You are so right, Nile. There are lots of internal and external factors that come into play. And sometimes we don’t even know they are there until the doors smack us in the head. :-)

  8. e.b. Rosser

    Bravo, Michael, for a very stimulating article,

    Some other thoughts that popped up, related to “doors”:

    There may be layers of doors, and initial interactions with others who you have let thru the first door, can include kind of like an interview to help decide if it might be useful to allow such others to open and pass thru the second door, which is deeper into who you are. And so on.

    It may be difficult for you to open any door, unaided (e.g., a friend, a therapist).

    Thanks again, for your article!

    best, e.b.

    1. Michael

      Thank you e.b., for your very kind words. A very interesting idea there being levels of doors, especially when coupled with the idea that we might need a bit of help to see that we have the power to open those doors. So very true, it is often with the aid of someone else that we get to see inside of ourselves more easily. :-)

  9. Laura Morris

    Hi Michael,
    This was just another one of you very many insightful pieces. You really have a way of speaking to me. My heart seems to open and close many times a day, many times a week, and many times in my life according to who I am with, or the circumstances I encounter. I may feel in charge or very much out of control.I never really thought of it like a door, but after reading this, I always will. Thank you.
    Your Friend,
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    1. Michael

      Hi Laura,

      Thank you for your very kind words, it is always a treat to read what you have written. Its so true that we get to be in charge of how we feel and how we act in any situation, but for some reason we are often taught that it is not appropriate to exercise our power. i am not sure why, but it is so. Knowing that we are able to open and close those doors can give us a great feeling of being in charge of our lives. Its a very relaxing feeling. :-)

  10. Dr. Erica Goodstone


    What a lovely metaphor and so well written. I often have an open door policy in my writing and social media efforts. Yet I am surprised at how many people create restrictions out of fear and then wonder why they are not building a strong following. I also like your emphasis on choice. We don’t have to be open to everything. In fact, I have actually unfollowed many people on twitter who just blast every tweet with something self serving so that I could again see all the wonderful uplifting quotes that I had been used to receiving.

    Thanks for a wonderful post.


    Dr. Erica
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    1. Michael

      Thank you Dr. Erica, for your very kind words. It is so true, we do have the power, but sometimes we are taught that we don’t. it can be very powerful to see that we do have that power to control our own doors. Opening then and closing as we need to. These are our lives, and we get to be in charge. Very, very cool. :-)

  11. Lisa Torres

    This is great Michael. You are so right! We have control over the doors that we choose to keep open or closed in our life and can apply to all aspects of our life (Work, Family, Friends, Faith. etc.)

    So many people limit their thinking or settle for less. When they don’t realize that they have the power to close one door and open another if they so choose to.

    I know that I am experiencing a lot of closed and open doors in my life right now. I can’t wait to see what is behind the next door. Exciting stuff!

    Keep writing great posts. Love it! Enjoy your Thursday!
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    1. Michael

      Thank you for your kind words, Lisa. It is so true that we do have that control, sometimes we are taught that we don’t, but when we exercise that power over our lives and the way we live them, it is quite a breathtaking experience. I hope you enjoy your discovery of what is behind your newly appearing doors. Good Thursday to you too. :-)

  12. Martha Giffen

    That was one interesting read! Opening and closing our minds to information and ultimately beliefs is really what we do on a daily basis. We DO have to use doors to filter out what we don’t want. However, there is such responsibility in the choosing. Who ever really gets it “right?” And, of course, “right” is so subjective, so this could go on and on!
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    1. Michael

      You are so right, Martha, it does go on and on and it is we who do the choosing over whether to keep those doors open or closed and when to do that. Kind of nice that we have so much power over our lives, I kind of like that idea. :-)

  13. Patricia Gozlan

    Beautiful and powerful post, this reminds me of a song that speaks about leaving our windows open to have the sunshine enter.
    Unconscioulsy we close doors when we are in fear of what is beyond the doors of life, leaving themm too open all the time could hurt us too, we never know who could enter unvited.
    I think it’s about balance again.
    When we know what we want and we trust the flow of life, the flow of light and of
    unconditional love, naturally we atteact more of it in our lives.

    Let’s focus on opening doors where we used to close them earn to let go of the fears and just trust.

    In this way, we now know, we have the choice to leave them open or to close them according to our prosperity and the prosperity of the ones around us.
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    1. Michael

      Thank you for your very kind words, Patricia. You are right, it is all about balance, knowing that we have the power to open and close the door in our lives is a very awesome kind of feeling. Choice is a wonderful thing to have. Knowing we have choices and understanding that they are ours to make is incredibly awesome. :-)

  14. Jeffrey Sooey

    Very interesting. I agree that we have control over what we close and open our minds to and that this affects how we live our lives. It is always our choice and though we need to close our doors sometimes to think on decisions we make, I also believe that we should also keep an open mind to other possibilities that may lay ahead of us. Thanks for the great post!

    1. Michael

      Hi Jeffrey,

      Thank you for your kind words. It is so right that we do have that ability to open and close our minds and decide what thoughts we are going to let in and keep in. One of our most reliable and effective powers. Sometimes it might take a bit of training to see that we do have that power, but once we do realize that, the freedom is incredible. :-)

    1. Michael

      Lots and lots of doors, to be sure. I know I have opened a lot of them in my life so far. And I am anticipating lots more adventures to come. :-)

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