Sliding Door Moments

I take my title of this post from the movie Sliding Doors with Gwyneth Paltrow. Seen it? I saw the movie many moons ago and actually watched it again when I thought of writing this post. Silly me. It’s a lighthearted romance/fantasy movie made long before Gwyneth uttered those misguided statements about motherhood.

Here’s Gwyneth in her two separate identities:

"Slidingdoors". Via Wikipedia -
“Slidingdoors”  Via Wikipedia –

I know. You want to flip it over, don’t you?

In the film, Gwyneth’s character’s experiences two separate lives based on the sliding doors of a train:

Scenario A: She misses the train and hits her head.
Scenario B: She catches the train and meets a new man.

Each scenario brings along with it new possibilities specific to each Sliding Door reality. Scenario B obviously is much more fun.

At this point in my life, I’ve had countless moments when I could have made different choices. Marriage, jobs, careers, friendships, hair styles. I could get lost thinking about them all. But the reality is, I don’t even need a sliding door of a train to experience what I call my “Sliding Door Moments.” Really, Gwyneth,  you never needed a train.

Burning the Salmon

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How could this happen? I don’t know. I closed my eyes and this is what I saw. A Flash Burn maybe?

Scenario A: Grill the salmon to perfection and enjoy a tasty meal.
Scenario B: Burn the salmon and be forced to eat chili from a can.

Well, you know what happened here, don’t you?

Not only have I now been denied a healthy and delicious meal and those essential Omega-3 fatty acids, but I have also suffered a tummy ache and was up half the night, so missed my early morning run, and pouted all morning and didn’t go out with my friend who was going to reveal to me her new sex toy and what’s more important than that? All this denied because I had chili.

Okay, I made all that up, but it could have happened. Just checking your attention span there. Except, of course, for the burned salmon, which did burn. Pictures don’t lie.


 The Mystery Mound

The brown mound in the corner…no, it’s not that. Look at the picture.

Just part of the old room decor?
Oh, my. We have a mystery on our hands. What could it possibly be?

This fluffy mound presents a myriad of possibilities in my day.

Scenario A: The opportunity to stretch your arms, put items into organized piles, and later distribute these piles throughout the house to designated areas.

Scenario B: Lay your head on something soft.

Nope. I’m not even going to open this door. Indeed, you have the option to not open the door at all.


My Morning Sliding Door Ritual

Truthfully, I have a “Sliding Door Ritual” each and every morning before my feet even touch the ground.

I wrestle with the following possible scenarios:

Scenario A: Boot Camp at 6:00 AM  – Get your sweat on.
Scenario B: Lay in bed and hit snooze.

So, it’s sweat, sleep, sweat, sleep, no sleep, c’mon sweat, but I’m too tired, sweat, sweat, but my pillow is soft. Get that workout in. I can’t open my eyes…sweat, sleep…sleep wins!

And then it’s too late for Boot Camp. Next. 

Scenario B: Lay in bed and hit snooze.
Scenario C: Get up and write like a real writer.

Write, sleep, write, sleep. Can’t I write when I sleep? I’ll write my dreams when I get up. I promise. I’ll work out my plot problems in my dreams. Dreams are good for writing, I just…write, write, sleeeeeepp wins again!

I just…I don’t want to be Crabby Pants all day…zzz. Next. 

Scenario B: Lay in bed and hit snooze.
Scenario D: Rise and shine.

Just a few more minutes…I can sleep, I can feel it…wait, my eyes are shutting. It’s time to get up! I might actually drift off. Hey, I never went back to sleep. Not fair, not fair, not fair.  I’m exhausted. Up you go!

That door slammed in my face.

What about you? Did you see the Sliding Doors movie? Do you have any daily “Sliding Door Moments” or rituals you’d like to share? Do you have early morning ambitions? 

photo credit: Metrò Parisienne via photopin (license)

37 thoughts on “Sliding Door Moments

      1. Poor fish! I have enjoyed well prepared fish since then and have asked for forgiveness. Thanks, Brenda. You too. Have a great day!


  1. Chili and carbon on a plate are great for detox. Boring !

    Mystery mound and sex toys are great for stats. Yeah !

    Sleep on my friend 😀 ❤ xox


    1. Chili and carbon, sounds like a new cuisine. Good for detox. Ok, good to know! Yes, and it’s all about the stats. Of course! Ralph, how is it that you can see through me? Thanks, I’m trying not to work too hard sleeping. ❤ xox

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  2. My early morning ambition is to drag my ass to the coffee.
    And yes, my life has been a series of Sliding Door moments. I usually choose the door that will cause the most trouble.

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    1. Samara, I see this is where I have gone wrong all along. Scenario A should be drag ass to coffee!! Oh, what was I thinking? This is what I love about you. Always choosing the most challenging door. ❤


  3. I did see that movie but don’t remember it well. Was Jake Gyllenhaal in that or am I just delusional?

    Hmm, my sliding door moment is probably: opening up social media before writing or writing before opening up social media. Not surprisingly, the latter means I get a lot more work done. But I chose the wrong sliding door today. Sigh. Off to my WIP now…

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    1. Um, I’m not sure if Jake Gyllenhaal was born when this movie was made. 🙂 It was a couple lesser known actors who co-starred, but you might recognize them. One went on to do a lot of films! I’ll try to find a photo for you.
      I’m familiar with that door, Carrie. That’s a daily one for sure! Oh, decisions, decisions…and minutes turn into hours. Good girl. Work on your WIP!


  4. I just saw Sliding Doors for the first time! TBH, I didn’t love it. Lots of bad stereotypes. I prefer Run, Lola, Run – same concept of how just a few seconds could potentially change your life, but more destructive and action-packed 🙂 And for me, the damn snooze button wins almost daily.


    1. Hi Naomi! Oh, that’s funny that you just saw it. You were just destined to read my post then. I think the film is pretty thin and shallow, definitely light fare. Run, Lola, Run – I love that movie! I saw that in a screenwriting class. It’s excellent! I understand about the snooze. You too? It’s not to be trusted.

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  5. What a fun post, Amy! I will put that movie on my list! I burn everything as well – your poor salmon! You have a great sense of humor about it all though, and that’s what keeps us going, right?! Loved your creativity with this post – xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Kelly. I need to laugh about things, even poor salmon! Yes, it definitely keeps me going. I’ve got to look for the lighter side sometimes. Must do! So glad you enjoyed it. xox

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    1. Well, these were extenuating circumstances, Mark. Pst…it was something to do a malfunctioning grill and pst…I didn’t do it! Oh, the sacrifices I make for my craft. But hey, the salmon inspired my post and got a starring role in it, so there’s that.
      I know…I wish I could just watch movies and know nothing about the celebrities. It would make everything so much easier and enjoyable.


  6. Never saw the movie. And by word of the commenters, sounds like a movie to avoid. Stereotypical, not entirely creative. Unfortunately, I kind of saw Run, Lola, Run but can’t remember any of it. …I can get bored easily.

    Time for me to hit the lump in the corner and finally go to sleep.


    1. It’s a silly movie, Adam. Sliding Doors that is. Not Run, Lola, Run. That was an excellent film. I don’t remember the details of it that well, because it was a long time ago. But I do remember being very impressed by it. I can’t remember things, that’s my problem! Sliding Doors is a cute meet romantic comedy. Remember those? They don’t really make them anymore it seems. Hope you had a good rest.


  7. I did enjoy that film, it’s not that it was a brilliant piece of cinema or anything, but I liked the concept – I often think about how small choices people make can have dramatic impacts on not only their life but other people’s. As an example, in the 1990s my mother lived in California for a while, I won’t go into all the details but basically she had to leave where she was living in a hurry, she had no idea where to go but she packed up her stuff in a van and made a spur of the moment decision to head to Vegas figuring that might be somewhere where she could quickly find work and somewhere to live (she had never considered living there before that moment). A couple of years after she moved there, I went to visit her from the UK and met a man there who I then married, lived in Vegas for a few years with, and had my two kids with – the marriage ended badly, but nevertheless, my life now, my family, my situation is how it is because my mother made a literally spur of the moment choice to try her luck in Vegas that day. My life would be completely different if she hadn’t made that decision. Everyone’s lives are full of these little moments that have drastic effects. It’s fascinating stuff!

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    1. Hi, Vanessa. Thanks for your lovely comments. My apologies for the delay in responding. It would seem as though meeting your future husband and father of your children was fated. It’s such a wild coincidence! My sister met her husband because my car broke down! How’s that one? She didn’t end up staying with him either, but they did bring a child into this world together. I often joke about what if I had went to another college. My husband will chime in, then we never would have met and our kids never would have been born! It’s all very fascinating. Thanks so much sharing your story with me.


  8. I’ve not even seen this one before, nooo not your blog post I mean the film, my preferred genre is horror but I might take a look at this one sometime if you promise not to ruin the salmon 😉 Just kidding Amy 🙂 Have a wonderful Thursday my sweet friend 😉

    Andro xxx


    1. Thanks, Andro! I’m not so sure you’ll like this movie. I don’t want to steer you wrong. By all means watch it if you are interested. It’s on the cute side and inspired a blog post! A silly one. No more fish have burned since. 🙂 You too, have a great rest of the day and weekend. xox


  9. I saw that movie in the movie theater with my sister. I remember it really did kinda shake me as I was in the middle of making my bad husband choice like Vanessa. You are a funny lady there Amy. I love your funny stuff. Brendan Fraser. Total hottie to me. And very very funny guy. Did you see the movie Bedazzled where the woman devil kept granting him his wishes and his lives just end up badly? Awesome!
    Love Ya,


    1. Oh no, I hope I didn’t bring up bad memories, Shalagh. I know you are in a good place now, so hopefully it’s only a reflection on the mysterious journey of life. Thanks for saying that you find it funny. That was my hope. I can’t really tell what people think of this post. 🙂 Perhaps because I’ve been so serious lately. I’ve never seen Bedazzled. I’ll check that one out. I need a good laugh, Love ya too. x

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  10. Believe it or not I can actually share something semi-rational. So early in the morning I wake up and say, “This is a freaking great day!!!” then I look at the mirror and laugh at myself put a happy face even if I´m a mess, get my mojo together and then we start with the day. Forgot, and take a shower first before getting out, not cool being a stinker

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    1. That’s cool you’re so full of enthusiasm on the very start of your day, Charly. I need a shower to wake up everyday, but not before Boot Camp. That isn’t required. Everyone is cool with no shower before Boot Camp. 🙂 After that, yeah, I better have that shower so I’m not a stinker. True, that’s not cool.

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