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Trifecta Week Sixty-Three: Narrow Is

Trifecta’s word of the week is “path.”

1: a trodden way
2: a track specially constructed for a particular use
3a : course, route
b : a way of life, conduct, or thought

My little 33-word offering is based on verses 13 and 14 in Matthew 7:

For years he had fought all the worldly temptations life offered: heโ€™d watched friends (more likely associates) die or become lost within themselves and knew that he was not interested in either path.



  1. joetwo February 4, 2013 10:07 pm

    It can be tough to keep on the straight and narrow in life. Nicely done.

    • AR Neal February 4, 2013 11:55 pm

      Thank you, Joe!

  2. jannatwrites February 5, 2013 1:35 am

    How smart to learn from others’ mistakes!

    • AR Neal February 5, 2013 1:41 am

      Very true, Janna!

  3. themisanthropicmuse February 5, 2013 4:30 am

    Yep, seeing other people wreck their lives going down the highway to hell kept me on the straight and narrow.

    • AR Neal February 5, 2013 5:00 am

      So very true; while I may have strayed every so often from the straight and narrow to the slightly-curved and somewhat-thin…

  4. kz February 5, 2013 6:07 am

    that’s a great use of 33 words. and very true. well done ^^

    • AR Neal February 5, 2013 3:28 pm

      Thanks, kz ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. steph February 5, 2013 5:08 pm

    Packed a punch in 33 words. Learning by example and resisting temptation – some have that discipline and others do not.

    • AR Neal February 5, 2013 5:09 pm

      Thanks Steph! I am usually much more wordy, but this came to me so I put it there and stopped ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Christine February 5, 2013 6:45 pm

    The way you phrased this (“For years he resisted…”) makes me wonder: what comes next? For years he resisted… but gave in? For years he resisted… and was rewarded? It definitely makes me think about the possibilities…

    • AR Neal February 5, 2013 6:46 pm

      Thanks, Christine: Love to leave the door open for more, should the inspiration hit ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Katie February 5, 2013 10:49 pm

    A lesson in 33 words, very good.

    • AR Neal February 5, 2013 10:55 pm

      Thank you so much, Katie!

  8. Draug419 February 6, 2013 3:19 am

    Learning by example is the best way (:

    • AR Neal February 6, 2013 4:09 am

      Oh, yes!

  9. Dawn Lamond February 7, 2013 1:38 am

    Not easy…but worth it. Nicely done!

    • AR Neal February 7, 2013 1:46 am

      Thanks, Dawn! A daily and difficult walk for sure!

  10. atrm61 February 7, 2013 1:10 pm

    It indeed is tough for many to hold on to their convictions & belief when their friends are heading the other way or as you said temptations lures one.But ,a few do manage to do that & thus carve a niche for themselves & thus become unique.Wonderfully written:-)

    • AR Neal February 7, 2013 1:22 pm

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful response…it is very true!

      • atrm61 February 7, 2013 1:48 pm

        :-)Great words Andree’.Hope you are doing well

        • AR Neal February 7, 2013 4:17 pm

          One day at a time, my friend! That is all we have, so I try my best to make the most of each one ๐Ÿ™‚

          • atrm61 February 7, 2013 5:13 pm

            :-)You are doing very well my dear

          • AR Neal February 7, 2013 5:40 pm


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