Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Closures and Openings

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One of the saddest things to see is an “OUT of BUSINESS” sign on the window of a store I have shopped in many times.  It used to be something normal, such as the owners moving out of state, or the owner wants to retire.  Now, the sign is about some action anonymously hidden.

Even worse are the “Clearance!  All Must Go!”, along with “Store Closing!  Everything 20% off.!” Then the percentage number slowly slides higher…30%...50%...70%.  The signs are on the windows for such a long time, that I become immune to their invitation.  Then, suddenly, the store is closed, and paper covers the insides of the once gleaming glass walls.
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I suppose that puts me in the highly-sensitive category (HSP), where I empathize with the hopes and plans of the owners when they first started the business.  When sales were high, the owners and the employees must have joked with each other between customers, had donuts in the staff lounge, and good coffee.  As the percentage signs went up, the air must have darkened inside, broken only by the buzzing fluorescent bulbs high over the sales floor.  There probably was no laughter, no conviviality.  The employees must have glared at each other, wondering who will be next to go.  No donuts, no coffee, and they must have raced each other to the door to get home, to look for another job.
This was someone's home.

Everyone has to go through a closure of some sort in their lives.  It is important to remember the following:
Closure of any kind is a cruel animal, which can prey on anyone.   Just don’t let that animal eat away at you, and make you forget how wonderful you are, how marvelously loved you are, and how tomorrow will provide something for you.  Closure of a love, of a life, of an opportunity, of…any kind can take away something, but you can gain more by letting that closure silently retreat behind you.
Hope springs eternal!

Some day soon, the paper will be peeled off the windows, and new lights will turn on inside those stores.  Someone with a dream and a hope will jump in with both feet to create a place that customers will want to visit, and find many things to buy.  That is when the sign on the door will read OPEN and Come on in!.


  1. Yes it is sad when businesses go under. I guess Internet and inflation are to blame. WE need to use them or lose them as the saying goes. :O)

  2. Great post! I feel the same way about closing stores as I do about long empty houses and ruins. Someone dreamed in there once. I can only hope that the place is deserted because the owner will go on or went on to greater things.


  3. I love your optimism. I always think of that quote from 'The Sound of Music': When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window. Though I'm not a religious person, that always resonated with me. Things are very tense in my office as they reevaluate the company, but I just have to remember the cycle of these things.

  4. Excellent post, Sadly an all too familiar sign, businesses going out of business. So sad when people have worked hard to maintain a living.


  5. By the way you ended your post I can tell you are a "glass is half full" kind of person. Good for you!! I have seen alot of those closing signs lately...sign of the times. sad. Great post. Blessings, Joanne


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