Knock Only if Expected!
Strolling down my street recently, I noticed a sign posted on the cheery red door of my favorite house: “Knock Only if Expected!“ it implored, jarring my senses.
Now I understand not wanting to be heckled in your home, but what about the neighbor dropping by with freshly baked cookies or glorious bottle of wine — perhaps simply wishing to introduce themselves? How much is lost when social parameters are cordoned off so rigidly?
This question reverberated around my brain like ice water hurled into a steaming shower, leaving me to contemplate the times I’d carefully tweaked my external shell only to greet the public with “do not disturb” placarded across my demeanor. What breath-whisking scenarios swirled swiftly past, while I staunchly plodded forward with selective disposition?
Of course no one wants to resemble a jack-in-the-box (head bobbing to-and-fro), and life demands a certain degree of focus; but surely I could peel back my blinders enough to welcome fortuity.
Because I’ve dwelled behind that shuttered door, and it was free-spirited individuals extending hands without hesitation who resurrected my faith. Thanks to them I shall forever aspire — even if my knocks go unheeded — to maintain a boundless heart.
“Knock Any Old Time!” I can only hope my body language proclaims with every step taken…