O just told me a retake on an old adage, namely, when one door closes, another one opens. The bit suggested opening the closed door, since that is how doors work.
I like the agency that suggests; that we don't have to passively take whatever door happens to be open to us, or accept the closing of doors that we would prefer stay open. We can instead open the damned door ourselves. I countered that sometimes the door is locked, and in those cases there is no sense pounding on that door forever if there is another one open (even looking up from our fight with the locked door is hard). That said, knocking on a locked door might get someone to come to the other side and open it for you. Not directly using our agency on the door, but still asking that it become unlocked. Note that pounding on the door is more likely to scare off anyone on the other side, rather than enlist their cooperation.
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