Unexpected in common hours

Woods in Spring

“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.”
– Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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  1. Jim Kubiak says:

    Nice story. Sounds quiet and peaceful.

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    1. Thank you, Jim. Hope you are and yours are doing well.

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  2. So true. This quote speaks to me right now. I love Thoreau. Thanks for posting such a great quote and for your comment earlier!

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  3. fstopfun says:

    Thoreau always reminds me to stop and think of the obvious : )

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    1. Yes, doesn’t he? I love Thoreau. Thanks for the comment.

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  4. Lila says:

    This is beautiful. Thank you for posting this. I love reading Thoreau’s work and you posting this, along with the comments, reminded me of the fact. Of course, only good teachers find the right things to inspire others with. I am happy to follow your blog today =)

    Love & Peace,
    Lila

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging comments. And thank you for following my blog. Blessings…

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  5. Yahobahne says:

    Sir Thoreau couldn’t have asserted a better passage describing the steps to and benefits of living out one’s dreams. Today, I’m experiencing that moment in my life. Thank you for posting this quote, one that I will consider as an affirmation. 😊

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    1. Yahobahne, Thank you for your comments. When I first saw this quote, it was an affirmation to me that I was moving in the right direction in my life. I’m glad it speaks to you, too. Many blessings to you.

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  6. Thanks for sharing dear.:)

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  7. What a lovely quote to share πŸ™‚

    Cheers
    CCU

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  8. Kavita Joshi says:

    beautiful my dear friend πŸ™‚ Nice to meet you here in the blogging world πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you. Congratulations on your blogging awards.

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      1. Kavita Joshi says:

        Thanks a lot dear…have a lovely day ahead!

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    1. Thank you. Greetings to you, too!

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  9. bdh63 says:

    If only it happens when blogging…

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    1. Oh, I think it can! πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by.

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      1. bdh63 says:

        My pleasure. πŸ™‚

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  10. Dina says:

    Wonderful quote!

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for visiting my blog.

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  11. Great quote πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! Obviously, it’s one of my favorites!

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      1. You are very welcome πŸ™‚

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  12. Amy says:

    Thanks for sharing the great quote!

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    1. It’s one of my favorites!

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  13. thaygoulart says:

    What a remarkable quote!

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    1. Isn’t it? I love it! Thank you for your comment.

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  14. Sunshine says:

    wisdom words to cherish and ponder on often. thanks.

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    1. Thank you. I made a major change in my life on the basis of that quote!

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  15. I like that quote a lot! πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s one of my favorites! (Obviously) Thank you!

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  16. I hope so and believe in it. Such belief gives me something to look forward to tomorrow. Hope you’re well my friend:) x

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    1. Thank you! I hope you are well, too! I hang onto this quote as assurance for the future.

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  17. That might have been true in Thoreau’s world many decades ago. I don’t think it’s true now because one has to pay the bills. Thus, there has to be a pretty good source of income that allows one to pay the bills while still striving for those dreams.

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    1. Oh, I agree that one has to pay the bills, but one’s dreams and the imagined life don’t have to involve material things. For me, it is more a matter of refocusing priorities to create a less stressful life with more time for the things I enjoy doing and more time with family and friends rather than a life full of “ought-tos” (apart from the ought-to of work which, of course, is always there).

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  18. Amy says:

    Beautiful post, both the photo and quote!

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    1. Thank you! The quote is one of my all time favorites.

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  19. AmyRose says:

    And OH how I needed these words today. I just did something today with a prayer and wish that my photography shoots forward. Thank you SO much for these encouraging words!! Bless you! xx Amy

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    1. I am so glad that these words helped you today. When I first began this blog, I had made a major life decision and was not at all sure (after I made it) that it was the right one. These words were a comfort to me then and gave me something to hold onto.

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      1. AmyRose says:

        Inspiring words are what I am hanging onto at the moment. That and my Faith is what is pulling me through. Thank you. Love, Amy

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  20. dorne whale says:

    We need dreams! Thanks for the lovely quote. x

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    1. Thank you. It remains one of my favorite quotes and has proven to be true in my life.

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  21. jakesprinter says:

    Very inspiring words πŸ™‚

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  22. Julianna says:

    Love this quote. And the flower photos too…!

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  23. I have always like the title of your blog and I love the quotation that you took it from, just perfect and I may re-quote it some time! Thank you πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much! It was that quotation that gave me the courage to quit my full time job at an exclusive prep school and begin teaching part time in a school for at-risk high school students.

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  24. Really powerful quote! thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! Hope you are doing okay!

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      1. You’re welcomed. I’ve been in a fair bit of pain but hopefully it will even out soon. How are you? x

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      2. Same here. Also feeling lethargic and wanting to hibernate but pushing on and going to work. The weather here is a contributing factor, I’m sure. Take care!

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      3. I’m sorry to that you’re struggling too. I’ll keep you in my prayers. I haven’t yet found anything that helps my fatigue either. Wishing you better soon. Hugs and love x

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      4. Thank you. You will be in my prayers, as well.

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      5. Thanks my friend:) x

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  25. Great quote, it always helps me to push harder when it feels like my goals are impossible and seem so distant

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    1. Thank you. I hang onto this quote for dear life! It keeps me going when I wonder if my dreams really matter.

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  26. Absolutely! Thank you for your comment.

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  27. Thoreau was a giant to me. Studied his works in school. This quote reflects the greatness of the man. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you. I greatly admire Thoreau and find that I quote from him often in my blog posts.

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      1. He has been a giant to me since we learnt about him and his works in American Literature at Uni.

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  28. The quote is very good. I love it; and have quoted it on my site also. Thoreau inspires me. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you. I, too, am very inspired by Thoreau.

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  29. blg2011motherof2 says:

    Very inspiring and insightful.

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for the follow!

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  30. Amy says:

    Great quote to share! πŸ™‚

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    1. That quote inspired me to leave a job teaching at an exclusive private school (where I was unhappy) and begin teaching at a night school for young people who work full time or are otherwise at risk of not finishing high school. I make less money, know that I am making a difference, and am much happier!

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      1. That should have been a tough decision.

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      2. One of the best decisions I ever made!

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  31. Oh perfect!!! You have no idea how much these words resonate with me right now. Great inspirational post!!! LOVE it! ❀

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    1. Thank you! These words were my inspiration to leave a full time job and teach part time at a public night-school working with at-risk teenagers.

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      1. Whoa!! GOOD for you!!!! ❀

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  32. dorne whale says:

    Word of wisdom and hope indeed. x

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    1. Thank you so much! Obviously one of my favourite quotes.

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  33. LazyHaze says:

    Hi
    I’ve nominated you for the Blue Sky Tag. https://lazyhazeblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/the-blue-sky-tag/
    Please do it if you have the time. Otherwise, feel free to ignore πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate it!

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  34. Great quote. Its true we just need to make the first step towards our success story.

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    1. I love this quote. It inspired me to quit my full time teaching job in an elite high school and to take a job teaching at-risk students in an evening high school.

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      1. It helps build courage needed to make that first crucial step

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  35. dorne whale says:

    Very inspiring and a great image as well. x

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  36. Ruth says:

    So very beautiful. Inspiring as I try to live the life I have imagined,

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    1. Thank you! It’s obviously one of my favorite quotes. Several years ago it inspired me to quit my full time teaching job in an elite private school and take a job teaching at-risk students here in Appalachia.

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      1. Ruth says:

        ❀️

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  37. Beautiful and serene.
    Love it, it reminds me of Robert Frost’s poetry.
    PS, I followed your comment from Nalinda’s blog.

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for following my blog. I have followed yours, as well.

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  38. Olga says:

    Some quotes really touch one with a true window to the reality of how time in flux intertwines with universal energy and personal intention. Thank-you for presenting these simple words of enlightenment. ❀

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    1. This quote once encouraged me to change jobs and thus to change the course of my life.

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      1. Olga says:

        Wow! ❀

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