In my opinion, of all the cliché quotes, “when one door closes, another door opens” takes the cake as the most cliché. The problem with this quote is that when that first door closes we often don’t stop to analyze why we were there to begin with or how it benefited us in the slightest way.
I have decided to take this cliché quote and adapt it…Samantha Style. Before I “Samantha Style” the quote I need to think about what message I am truly trying to convey. In this particular case I cannot stop thinking about my references and contacts. Most of the contacts I have acquired were from the many tasks and random activities I have participated in throughout the years. I believe that the reason my resource, reference and contact list is so broad and lengthy is because even after I left companies, schools and activities I did my best to not burn those relationships or “bridges”. I knew that someday some of those contacts MIGHT prove useful and perhaps we could all benefit from each other. I believe in the “you scratch my back, I will scratch yours” theory (again another cliché quote).
Now that I have the basic idea of how to make the age-old quote less platitudinous (my new vocabulary word) I can begin on my quote adaptation. Keeping within the “door” theme I finally came up with…
“ When one door opens, another door closes but never lock that first door.”
So remember, when another opportunity comes knocking, don’t lock the old door because you never know when you might need to go back through it for help or assistance.