Tears, Joy, and Listening


Quotes and Notes #107, February 18,

“If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile.”–Santosh Kalwar

When someone shares their tears with you, listen quietly, listen totally without trying to think of a reply. Listening is the best therapy that you have to share with your friend or with yourself.

When someone shares their smile with you, join in their feelings of joy.  When they laugh, laugh with them and slap your knee. Go out into the world and share the joy.

My brother told me of meeting Uncle Emile who was a deaf mute. When Uncle Emile thought something was funny, he would get a look of glee on his face with his mouth silently open as he rocked back in his chair and slapped his knee. I will carry that picture in my mind today.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Reach Out to Give

Quotes and Notes,#106,  February 17

“Life is always a tight rope or a feather bed. Give me the tight rope.”--Edith Wharton

Basking in the light and warmth of a candle is comfortable, but there is always that impulse to see just how close we can get our finger to the flame before being burned. Without reaching out a bit there can be no learning, no knowledge, and…and no kindness.

The easiest way to reach out to the world is to create a random kindness. This builds your personal safety net under the tight rope.

Today, share a hug as well as a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Persistence, Attitude, and Frustration

Quotes and Notes #105, February 16

“If you so choose, every mistake can lead to greater understanding and effectiveness. If you so choose, every frustration can help you to be more patient and more persistent.”–Ralph Marston

We have the power to choose our own attitude and it follows that a good outlook coupled with determination will help us with reaching our goals and solving our problems.

The preface, “If you so choose…” calls for a purposeful action in adopting a method of approach to situations.

Be patient as you choose to be successful in your endeavors. Choose to be happy.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Love and Caring in a Large Container

Quotes and Notes #104, February 15

“I buy my clothes large, so I feel comfortable gaining weight. When I love, I do it in two sizes—large, and refill.”–Jarod Kintz

I don’t know about the clothing part of that quote but it does segue nicely into the thought of love. When you love, love big. When you care, care all the way. Follow these rules and you will begin to project an aura of love and caring—this is when karma will kick in. As you project, so will you attract. And always remember to leave room for more. Share a smile and create happiness for both the giver and the receiver.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

Affection and Happiness


True love and security–by David Cooper

“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.”–C.S. Lewis—

Affection provides happiness. It begins at home and then extends outward into the world in ever increasing circles. Throw a stone into a lake and watch the ripples traveling outward. Throw an affectionate smile into a group of people and you will find similar results. Today, on Valentine’s Day, instead of confining all of your affection to one place, go forth and share it with everyone you meet. All it takes is a bright demeanor and…and, yes, a smile to share.

Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz

Beauty is Enhanced by Imperfections

Quotes and Notes #103, February 13

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others.Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”–Lao Tzu

We are all imperfect. We are flawed and we have many qualities that need working on. If you think about it, though, those imperfections, those flaws, are the qualities that make you beautiful. Keep in mind that somebody loves you. Someone today will be happy to see you and to talk with you, no matter how briefly. Enjoy yourself. Smile inside and then share the smile with others.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

Security Versus Adventure

Quotes and Notes #102, February 12

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”–Helen Keller

Living in fear is counter-productive. We can live in fear of a powerful terrorist organization only to be struck down by a microscopic bacterium. To live life fully, we must be humorous and daring. We must be able to reach out to new adventures with great expectations, and we must be able to face daily adversities without fear. That is reason enough to practice optimism. Share a smile with your banker today.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

A New Chance Every Day

Quotes and Notes #101, February 11

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.”–Robert Frost

Every day somebody gets another chance to get it right—or keep it right. That person may as well be you. Concentrate today on the little things that please you. Write a poem in your head and sing it to yourself. Share a pleasantry with the lady at the check-out counter who is also dealing with her feelings.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

What you get by achieving your goals

Quotes and Notes #100, February 10
”What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”–Henry David Thoreau

Today is a milestone on my endeavor to provide 365 of these short observations.

John Prine wrote a line, “We talked …until you said something neither of us knew.”

In the writing of these posts I have come to realize several things, among them:

  • Smiling creates happiness. Sharing a smile is important.
  • Optimism becomes stronger through practice.
  • I can choose my own attitude.
  • “Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged.” (Arnold)

Perhaps somewhere, somehow, these realizations are making a difference.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

The Power to Choose

Quotes and Notes #99, February 9

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”–William James

This is a wonderful concept. It’s like choosing one flavor of ice cream over another. If I choose chocolate, I then also have the power to tell myself, “I think I would enjoy ice cream more than an anchovy sandwich.” The same goes with taking care of problems. I can choose to figure out ways to deal with the problem instead of spending my time worrying about it. I can choose what I will think about. I have that power. Remember, practice makes you a better optimist. Smiling creates happiness.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

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