Posted by: narrowcompass | November 25, 2011


When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

Helen Keller

Posted by: narrowcompass | November 25, 2011

The Past

Beneath the water
that’s falling from my eyes
lays a soul I’ve left behind
the edge of sorrow was reached but now I’m fine
I’ve filled the hole I had inside

I’ll pray it doesn’t scream my name
so I light a flame and let it breathe
the air that kills the shame

I’m up
I’m down
like a rollercoaster racing through my life
I’ve erased the past again


Posted by: narrowcompass | November 24, 2011

Peace and comfort

In times of quietness, our hearts should be like a tree, lifting their branches to heaven to draw down strength

which they will need to face the storms that will surely come in life.

Salesians of Don Bosco

Posted by: narrowcompass | November 22, 2011


I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.

Louisa May Alcott

Posted by: narrowcompass | November 22, 2011

Tomorrow we could be yesterday.

The TV show Harry’s Law is awesome. Its creator, David E. Kelley, writes scripts that are thoughtful, provocative and often painfully honest. In a recent episode Tommy Jefferson, the cocky-but-becoming-more-loveable-each-show lawyer, was coaching Harry about trying to have fun in life with what you do.

“. . .You’re 62, I’m in my fifties.  It won’t be long until you’ll be the woman who used to be Harry Korn and I’ll be the guy who used to be Tommy Jefferson.  You hear me Harry?  We’re not far from our used-to-be years . . .Trust me you do not want to wake up 10 years from now and say my God, why didn’t I savor it some.  There’s pressure yes, and stress, but savor the moment because tomorrow we could be yesterday.”

This really moved me.  It is both sad and terrifying how truthful this is.

Posted by: narrowcompass | November 20, 2011

What really matters

“There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did and who always will.”

Author Unknown

Posted by: narrowcompass | November 19, 2011

Make the most

“Make the most of yourself . . . for that is all there is of you.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted by: narrowcompass | November 19, 2011


“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see life with a clearer view again.”

Alex Tan

Posted by: narrowcompass | November 11, 2011

When is too late, too late?

Years ago as an enthusiastic young adult focused on living life to its fullest, I painted this image.  As primitive as it is, it has been a constant reminder to take advantage of all life’s opportunities.  I don’t want to end up sad and disillusioned when it is too late.

A few decades later I find myself revisiting this, fighting to regain that hunger for life.  Too much has happened in the last several years that has pushed my proverbial cup to half empty from being half full.  Fighting to breach the surface yet take care of the here and now.  No surrender.

Posted by: narrowcompass | November 11, 2011


"Walk the path. No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path." Siddhartha Gautama

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