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“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



83 thoughts on “Unexpected in common hours

  1. 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,


  2. 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. 😊


  3. 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.


    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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  4. 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


    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.


      1. 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


    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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