Sunsets Make Me Happy

An evening in the country. Enjoying the sunset. (photo, Bill Land)

An evening in the country. Enjoying the sunset.
(photo, Bill Land)


Quotes and Notes #98, February 7

“A lady much older and wiser than I am said, ‘No two sunsets are ever alike.’ I’m still looking at them to make sure she was right.”–Bill Land

Enjoying sunsets is a wonderful way to end the day. To look at them every day and check to see if the older, wiser lady was right is not about finding two sunsets alike, it is about looking at them and enjoying them. In the same light, all of your days on the earth are different. Enjoy them for what they are.

My friend Nelson told me that he enjoys the sunrise from his bedroom window every day. That’s not a bad way to start a day.  Share a smile—spread the joy.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Wrinkles and Laughter

Quotes and Notes #97, February 6

“When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.”–Victor Hugo

This is for Mom, and for Bob Hicks—and for you if you qualify. There are age wrinkles, and there are laughter wrinkles, merging together to form a feeling of delight and respect. If this is you, enjoy your day and be radiant. If you are not yet at the age of someone who fits the description, find someone who is and give them a big smile because your turn is coming. Tonight there will be a beautiful sunset—somewhere.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Contentment–Be Happy With What You Have

Quotes and Notes #96, February 5

 “For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You may know that I had my voice box removed because of throat cancer. This means that I breathe through a neat little valve in my throat that I call my “throat button”. This button, through modern technology, also regulates the mechanics of talking for me. There are some disadvantages, but I have found that breathing is so much easier when the air doesn’t have to travel through the oral cavity. For instance, I no longer snore. I’ve become oddly attached to that throat button.

Yesterday I was talking with a friend. These days, friends will often look at me, smile, and say, “Everything is going to be all right.” That always makes me feel good. But, yesterday, the friend qualified it by adding, “…except I’m getting old and I have sleep apnea and I have to wear this @#@# mask at night.”

I smiled and pointed at the button on my throat and said, “Well, you could get you a hole in your throat with one of these neat buttons and just bypass what causes the sleep apnea. Breathing for me is easy now. I sleep like a baby.”

My friend backed off, looked at my throat button, shared a smile and said, “Thanks, John, I’ll be good with the mask, “Everything is going to be all right.” We shared a smile and a laugh.

John P. Schulz

John Schulz, "Everything is going to be all right."

John Schulz, “Everything is going to be all right.”

Use your gifts faithfully…

Quotes and Notes #95, February 4

“Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know and you shall attain to higher knowledge.”–Matthew Arnold

Practice is the key word for today. Improve your talents in some area. Sing a song to yourself that only you can hear. Practice optimism. The days are getting longer and spring is on its way.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

Great Wealth

Quotes and Notes, #94, February 3
”If you would be loved, love, and be loveable”–Benjamin Franklin

Today, look for the good in the world around you. Take time to appreciate it and then give back to the good as it gives to you. To love and to know love simultaneously is the pinnacle of wealth and well being. Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

Fears and wisdom

Quotes and Notes, #93 February 2

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”–Bertrand Russell

First we must get to know our fears, isolate them, study them, and perhaps name them Jim or Roger or something like that. After that we can accept them, defeat them, learn to live with them, give them up as silly, laugh at them, or, as my brother Tom says, “pack them in the back of your mind and pretend they don’t exist.” Help someone else to conquer their fears today by giving them a free nod and a smile to use as a weapon.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Smile and Eat Chocolate

Quotes and Notes #92, February 1

“I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that.”–Gillian Anderson

We should be constantly vigilant with regard to noticing when things are not going quite right. The sooner we notice it, the sooner we can change it. Remember the lessons from a couple of weeks ago—“Just as being happy makes you smile, it has been proven that smiling makes you happy.” This means that you may indulge yourself by eating chocolate or by sharing a smile. Maybe even both. Have a wonderful day.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

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