The Lives We Live

The doors we open and close each day decide
the lives we live.

– Flora Whittemore


 Doors Are both frame and monument
To our spent time, And too little Has been said Of our coming through and leaving by them. 
– Charles Tomlinson


Since the beginning of time,
doors have symbolized both great opportunities and thwarted dreams.
The open door is a metaphor for new life, a passage from one stage of life to another, and metamorphosis. Closed doors often represent rejection and exclusion.

Mississippi, United States
Sikkim, India

O god of hinges, god of long voyages, you have kept faith.
It’s dark in there.
You confide yourself to the darkness
You step in.
The door swings closed.
– Margaret Atwood

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

It’s doors I’m afraid of because I can’t see through them.
Its the door opening by itself in the wind I’m afraid of.
–  Margaret Atwood, Surfacing


The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort –  the opening terror. Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing. The opening a wonderfully joyous moment.
– Andrew Rooney

Varanasi, India

A door just opened on a street– I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed And wealth, and company. The door as sudden shut, and I, I, lost, was passing by, Lost doubly, but by contrast most, Enlightening misery.
– Emily Dickinson

Hong Kong, China
Kabul, Afghanistan
Havana, Cuba

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Saskya, Tibet
Ran, Myanmar/Burma