What I Didn’t Know I Knew

Long before Normal Happenings was even a concept, I was gifted this guest blog post from the amazing Judy Dykstra-Brown of lifelessons fame. I was a different person back in those days, and I didn’t fully understand the nuances of blogging or supporting an audience through creative endeavors. So, after staring at this phenomenal post in the recesses of my publications, I began searching for the right time to properly restore this gem. There could not be a post more dedicated to appreciating everyday life, so I hope you enjoy. Please don’t forget to follow this fantastic blogger when you’re done reading!


What I Didn’t Know I Knew
by Judy Dykstra-Brown

When Matt Estes asked me to write a guest blog about finding happiness in life, I wondered what I could say that wouldn’t appear to be trite. Then I decided that all truths of life are in their essence trite—because at heart they are what everyone eventually discovers if they choose to examine life as it occurs. They are also at the heart of most writing. It is only the words chosen to convey them that change from teller to teller. Here are some truths I have discovered as I get older.

I think I like writing because it teaches me what I’ve learned but might otherwise forget.

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I guess we can’t really own beauty, but I’m enjoying it while it is possible!!!

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I don’t really know what I think until I write about it.

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Dogs adore us and expect things from us but probably don’t appreciate us that much. I think it is one doggie treat and then on to the next. Out of jaws, out of mind!!!

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We have to be glad for what happens in our lives, not sad about what ceases to happen.

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Life experiences are often like presents under a tree. Although we have not chosen them and though they are not what we expected, if we choose to unwrap them, we might find some wonderful surprises.

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Even the terrible things in life have the seeds of some happiness in them. Many times this is our only consolation; and if you refuse to believe this, life is likely to be a terrible disappointment.

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There are many friends who will seek to tell us the truth about ourselves, but a truly good friend will make us laugh in the telling.

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In my friends, I seek my copies and my opposites. One reassures me that I am not alone in this world.  The other shows me alternative possibilities.

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Although I am not religious, I can’t deny that there is a huge creative force in the universe.  The way I have discovered this is through finding it within myself.

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I have a limited amount of patience for a limitless number of children. In a way this is the opposite of motherhood, although I think it makes for a very good schoolteacher.

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My 4-year-old stepson called me his “wicker stepmother.” In spite of the fact that I had a huge basket collection, I don’t think he saw the pun; although I’m sure he saw the humor as he grinned wickedly every time he said it.

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I was made strong by the most terrible things that happened to me in my life. I was rewarded by the good ones. I don’t think there is a scorekeeper evening out the game. I think we ourselves choose to find the rewards in what is offered to us. One man’s prize may be another man’s punishment. Point of view is everything.

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It is much easier to spout philosophy of life from comfort than from pain. I know this and acknowledge that in any crisis situations I was not thinking about the significance of the experience. Flight or fight is one thing. Reflection about fight or flight is another.

Be sure follow Judy at lifelessons. Thank you again for lending us your talents!


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Matthew Estes. STL-based Blogger. Graphic Designer. Happily Married. One day I'll actually complete a book I'm happy with. I love pizza, video games, and using way too many ellipses...

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