as cliche and "feel better" as it is, I've usually found the door/god metaphor pretty on target with lived experience.
"it is a spiritual maxim that God never closes one door without opening another. it is a spiritual joke that while this remains true, the hallway in between is murder. when we are "stuck" in our writing (sub what you like here) lives, it is usually because we cling to a situation that has outlived its usefulness to us or we are unwilling to explore a new risk that we sense that we really must take" J Cameron
yes. I had reached this same conclusion.
footwork required. move them kathy.