Close Your Eyes and See the Flowers

Quotes and Notes #147, March 31

“I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.”–Anne Lamott

Close your eyes and listen. Look at the beauty of nature and then close your eyes and see it again. Take a break from the ordinary in your day and use the time to quietly enjoy the smile that nature is sharing with you.

The leaf buds are opening on the maple trees. The trees are getting dressed and preparing for their season in the sun.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Stop, look, listen and smell.

Stop, look, listen and smell.

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Patience

Quotes and Notes #146, March 30

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”–Confucius

Patience is sometimes difficult, but in the end, it is patience that helps us through our most difficult times.

Patience is also the polishing cloth for our grandest accomplishments. Patience helps with the smallest and most insignificant tasks, also.

Take your time.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

A Peaceful Feeling

Quotes and Notes #145, March 29

“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.”–Henry Fielding

In our cluttered world of ambitions, expectations, and acquisitions, we often have an inner desire to pull a blanket of contentment over our heads and hide inside.

Strive for simplicity. Reduce the clutter. Accept your inner peace.

Then go out and share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

A peaceful feeling for Spring.

A peaceful feeling for Spring.

A Positive Attitude

Quotes and Notes #144, March 28

“Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn’t take any brains to complain.”–Robert A. Cook

I was given a nice compliment the other day, someone said, “John, you never complain about anything and you’ve been through a lot.”

That made me feel good, and then I realized that the only way to sensibly deal with adversity is to either do something about the problem, or if that is not possible, to accept the situation and move on.

The only thing you could possibly gain from complaining is a false sympathy. To quietly accept or change and then forge your way through a trying situation on the other hand will give you a feeling of accomplishment, self-respect, and strength. You may choose your own attitude.

Share a smile with the sun

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

"Facing Cancer Treatments With Humor and Optimism

“Facing Cancer Treatments With Humor and Optimism

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Bring Your Own

Quotes and Notes #143, March 27

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”–Anthony J. D’Angelo

BYOS—A great idea! When you show up with your own bright attitude it has a tendency to spread and engulf everyone else in the room.

When you show up in the mornings of your own life with a smile and a pleasant thought, it has a tendency to last you throughout the day.

The statement, “Everything is going to be all right” is more of an attitude than a prediction. Use it as a mantra. Don’t wait for someone to say it to you, say it to yourself.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

The Secret of Life

Quotes and Notes, #142, March 26

“I think I’ve discovered the secret of life—you just hang around until you get used to it.”–Charles M. Schulz

Sometimes when a period of stress enters our lives, we should stop worrying, calmly back off and look at the situation. Is there a different way to approach the problem? Is there a reasonable solution to the problem, or is it something that will settle itself, given time?

Sometimes we should just be patient and see.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Sunshine, Smiles, and Flowers

Quotes and Notes #141, March 25

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but good trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”–Joseph Addison

I had a friend named Leon. I always looked forward to seeing him because he always shared a smile with me. I knew that he had endured a lot of hardships and that he had lost his wife to cancer, but he always had a smile for me. Leon died a few years ago.

Leon lives on in my mind, though. I can still picture him walking down 4th Avenue with his shoulders back and a big smile on his face.

I hope that I will be remembered like that—What a legacy.

Spread some sunshine…It’s easy

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

Today (March 25, 2015) will be the first public signing for the new book, “Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”To be held in Rome, Georgia, at The Last Stop Gift Shop next to the Rome Civic Center from 4:00 until 6:00

"Facing Cancer Treatments With Humor and Optimism

“Facing Cancer Treatments With Humor and Optimism

Make Someone Happy

Quotes and Notes #140, March 24

“Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!”–Lawrence G. Lovasik

It seems to me that if you follow these directions, one of the people you will make happy every day will be you. It pays off with interest.

Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Friendship

Quotes and Notes #140, March 23

“The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.”–Henry David Thoreau

We say, “Let me know if there is anything I can do…” or we say, “I’ll pray for you…”

Sometimes we see a friend in adversity and we think, “Surely there is some way that I can help my friend.”

We lose sight of the fact that often the best thing we can do is to “be there.” –Just to be there and to be a friend.

Share a smile with a friend today.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

A Happy Attitude Takes Practice

Quotes and Notes #139, March 22

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” –Hugh Downs

To complain or not to complain is a choice of attitude and the choice makes a tremendous difference in one’s quality of life.

Learn to say to your self, “Whatever is going on in my life that I don’t like may be modified by a change of circumstances or a change in attitude.”

A pleasant, happy demeanor must be practiced and will improve with use.

To test this theory, share a smile with ten people today. Watch their reactions.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

"Facing Cancer Treatments With Humor and Optimism

“Facing Cancer Treatments With Humor and Optimism

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