Saturday, June 13, 2015

Don't Miss the Small Joys

by Beth Vogt @BethVogt

"Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the the big happiness." Pearl S. Buck
I can spend my days so focused on the one big thing that I hope will ensure me happiness …  fame … or accolades … or some sort of self-satisfaction that creates an “I’m enough” feeling — however fleeting …
Or I can gather the small joys that make up the every days of my life.
  • Laughter shared with friends
  • Hugs given so freely by my still-can’t-get-over-the-miracle-of-her GRANDgirl
  • A favorite song that I play over and over again because it draws me closer to God, reminding me who He is … and Whose I am
  • A too-brief phone call with a long-distance friend that refreshes my heart, mind, and soul
  • A sunrise … or sunset … or clear blue Colorado sky
  • The silence of the house in the middle of the night when I’m the only one awake, writing — pursuing my dream — while everyone else is asleep, dreaming
  • The noise of family filling my house up to overflowing — making memories

Is it wrong to pursue the one big thing? No, probably not. But how many times have we trampled the small joys — ignoring them in our haste to succeed?

In Your Words: What small joys did you discover in your week?


Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A nonfiction writer and editor who said she’d never write fiction, Beth is now a novelist with Howard Books. She enjoys writing inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Connect with Beth on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or check out her blog on quotes, In Others’Words.


  1. I have done this and missed out on great conversations and time spent with friends. I am so glad I learned my lesson. I now live in the moment and enjoy life. Thanks for the reminder

    1. Cherrilynn,
      I have to remind myself of this truth too. It's why I love this quote.

  2. The delight of getting a package in the mail with new books from a friend! I love that feeling and the kids were as excited as I was. Thanks for the reminder, Beth!

    1. :) Isn't it fun to celebrate a friend's new book? I love being part of the writing community. So many reasons to HaPpY dAnCe!