Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke

Uncommon joy in common hours, the thought came to me this morning as I walked Lulu (my little dog). I think the idea came from Henry David Thoreau’s quote. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Getting up at 5:00 and giving myself time to exercise, reflect in a journal, read and walk my dog before I sit down with a cup of coffee to blog is giving me joy in common hours. This time used to pass by unnoticed. Who has time to walk Lulu? Not me, I said. We don’t have time for anything in our lives unless we make time. We all have twenty-four hours, what some people accomplish in theirs is amazing.

Most of us think that people who do things have something we don’t have, they do something we don’t do, and that is all it takes most of the time. We think we couldn’t possibly do that, but once we do it we wonder what the problem was. We do things incrementally, no one sits down and writes a novel in an hour, it takes days, weeks, months, and in some cases years. It is the same with playing an instrument, art, exercising and getting fit, building a business, or learning anything, doing anything. If we are willing to set a goal or work toward something we never know where it may lead.

Sometimes setting a goal is even too much, it seems too hard but we can practice something daily and it becomes something even if we didn’t have an end goal in mind. We don’t know where life will take us. We don’t know in what circumstances we may find ourselves.

The other day a young disheveled man came up to my husband and me at Tim Horton’s, “Did we have any spare change.” My husband pulled out what he had, which wasn’t much.

I wanted to know but didn’t ask, “What brought you to this? What would get your life turned around and back on track?” I hope he finds his way. I hope he has family or friends that can help him on his journey back to getting on his feet. I hope when someone extends a helping hand, he takes it.

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still. Franklin Roosevelt

“There but for the grace of God go I,” springs to my mind. We could all find ourselves in a situation we never imagined we could be in. Oprah said, “Women’s worst fear is ending up a bag lady.” I think she’s right. 

People bemoan the fact that money is “too” important, too important for what? It is money that will keep us from being a “bag lady.” Money can give us only the things it can give us; security is one of those things.

I doubt I am the only one that thinks, how would I manage, if? It is something we should all think about, and know that we can get through the worst life can throw at us. Even that disheveled young man we saw is getting through whatever he is going through. Hopefully, he will be stronger for having gone through it. He may learn some lessons he would learn no other way.

We never know what journey someone else is on. Often we don’t even know the journey we are on. If we take one step at a time, do some of the things that scare us and work on progress, not perfection. We too can experience uncommon joy in common hours, and unexpected success in ways that bring meaning and purpose to our lives.

Unmet expectations are the root of many of our problems. Unexpected success, joy, and happiness are what make life worth living. Can we set aside expectations, and instead work toward our goals accepting life will unfold how it will? Can we learn to live with “what is” instead of wishing things aren’t how they are? What if we embraced everything just the way it is, and worked to make things better?

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche

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