Tears or laughter?

Quotes and Notes #81, January 21

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning to do afterward.”–Kurt Vonnegut

Practicing calmness and deliberation before responding to a stressful situation will make the reaction more effective. Hesitate, think, and relax a bit before taking action. Look for the good side, there usually is one. Find the humor. Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

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Laugh at your fears

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”–Khalil Gibran

When I was a very small child, I ran to my mother crying and afraid in the middle of a thunderstorm. She said, “Don’t be afraid, it’s only thunder,” and she took me out on the front porch to watch the storm. We sat in the swing and when it thundered again, we slapped our legs and forced a laugh. When it thundered once again, we laughed, but the laugh was not forced, it was genuine. This I remember, sixty-six years later. Now, the thunder often comes in many disguises and I still slap my knee and laugh at it. Laughter is life’s greatest medicine and Man’s greatest weapon. Go out today and share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

Give it all you got

Quotes and Notes, January 19, 2015

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.”–Mahatma Gandhi

It doesn’t matter if you are trying to solve a problem or attain a goal. It doesn’t matter if the goal is to reach the stars or to merely enjoy the day—Be calm. Plan your approach. Meditate a bit. Then go for it and “give it all you got.” Remember, being happy makes you smile and smiling makes you happy. Make five people laugh today.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

A legacy

Quotes and Notes January 18, 2015

“I suppose that every one of us hopes secretly for immortality; to leave, I mean, a name behind him which will live forever in this world, whatever he may be doing, himself, in the next.”–A.A. Milne (His birthday, January 18, 1882)

Milne gave us Winnie the Pooh and left us with something to smile about, something profound to think about, and something for the ladies to say, “awww” about.

Your life, lived well, is your legacy.  Last night I read an article in The New Yorker about smiling. It said, “Happiness, we know, results in smiling, but the converse is always true: the act of smiling can create feelings of happiness” (Jonathan Kalb). And there lies one’s legacy—practice smiling to create happiness. Be known for sharing a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Enough Stuff

Quotes and Notes, January 17, 2015

“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”–G.K. Chesterton

The other day a friend who follows my writing came up to me in the grocery store and asked, “John, just when is everything going to be all right?” I thought about it and answered, “It’s going to be all right when you get your mind to accept some things that you are fighting.” There are always alternatives.

Another way to get enough is to give what you don’t need to someone who does need it. The act of giving will make you feel good and make someone else happy. Check out the sunset this evening.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Check the Timing Belt

Quotes and Notes, January 16, 2015

“Happiness is not a goal—it’s a by-product of a life well lived.”–Eleanor Roosevelt

If I am not happy about something today, I am going to take the time to figure out what is broken and then take steps to fix it. I am going to raise the hood of my life and check out the timing belt which keeps things running in the proper sequence. I will adjust the tension of the belt slowly and carefully until everything is just right. This will make me happy and I can then go feed the birds and share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

The courage to listen

Quotes and Notes, January 15, 2015

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” –Winston Churchill

Are you one who can sit and truly listen instead of thinking about what you will say next? Today, listen to a friend’s concerns. Try to listen closely to what your friend is saying without allowing other thoughts to invade the conversation. You will feel good about it. Feed the birds. Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

You are a Hero

Quotes and Notes, January 14, 2015

“We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too. –Helen Hayes

Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that we, too, are important in some manner. Take time today to think about someone who makes you feel good. Take the time to make them feel good. Someone you pass today will need a smile. Find them and share one. Give your dog or cat a special treat.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Problem Solving

Quotes and Notes January 13, 2015

“To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.”–Samuel Johnson

Are you having a hard time? Is something bothering you? Think about how good you feel after you have solved the problem or endured it to its end.

Be of good cheer.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Manure

Quotes and Notes, January 12, 2015

“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.”–Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The child looked at the pile of manure and said, “Oh, Boy, there’s a pony around here somewhere.” Look around to find the beauty. Laugh to find happiness. Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

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