Look Inside

Quotes and Notes, January 11, 2015

“Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy, many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.”–Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117 B.C.) Roman historian

You can’t find true happiness at the mall. Nothing gives peace and contentment more than that which you can find inside yourself. Find something to giggle about. Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

A Woman’s Inner Strength

Quotes and Notes, January 10, 2015
”There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.”–Washington Irving

I believe this statement would hold true for some men but for many women. When you are doing well, your inner strength is held in reserve like muscles at rest. When it is time to deal with problems in your life, that strength is there to call on. Reach in and grab it. Beat the problems upside the head. While you’re at it, share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

The only strength that can overcome adversity

Quotes and Notes, January 9, 2015

“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.”

–Albert Schweitzer

As one may become stronger by practicing optimism, the same may be said about successfully dealing with ill fortune. When I lost my vocal cords several years ago and had to live for six months without a voice at all before getting a prosthesis, I made up my mind to become a motivational speaker some day. My voice is evident in my writing and last night I gave a successful reading for the Rome Area Writers organization.

What a good feeling that was! Push on and overcome. While you’re at it, share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

John Schulz speaking to members of Rome Area Writers.

John Schulz speaking to members of Rome Area Writers.

meet the future

Quotes and Notes January 8, 2015

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”–Marcus Aurelius

Optimism gets better with practice in the same manner that muscles become stronger with exercise. Prepare for the future and depend on your strengths to deal with the unexpected. Find something to giggle about. Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Keep Singing.

Quotes and Notes January 7, 2015

“Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.”–Victor Hugo

Be content today in knowing that you have the ability to deal with any problems that present themselves. Be happy today, jump up and down and laugh. Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

Quotes and Notes January 6, 2015

“Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.”–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Take some time today to look around and enjoy the winter landscape. Take a moment to wave your arms in the air and pose like a tree. Listen to the songs of the birds and talk back to them. Give a random compliment to the lady at the check out counter or the helper at the hardware store. This will make you happy. Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Quotes and Notes January 5, 2015

“We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.”–Marcel Proust

When adversity sets in and it seems like there is nothing that can be done, we can back off and look at the problem from a different perspective. We can ask, “What are the possible outcomes of this situation? Which of these outcomes are acceptable?”  Most of the time an alternative solution or situation works out well in the long run.

Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

Quotes and Notes January 4, 2015

“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”–Henry Ford

There are many ideas that have never been tried due to fear of failure. The real failure, though is to never try or to fail to try again. I asked a wise man one time, “Do you think I should try?”

He looked at me with a smile and said, “No guts, no glory.”

I have always remembered that. If you keep trying you will constantly be surprised at what you can accomplish.

Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

 

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