Volume Two–Spring

Quotes and Notes #138, March 21

Volume II—Spring

 

“She turned to the sunlight

And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her neighbor:

‘Winter is dead.’”–A.A. Milne, “When We Were Very Young”

 

“Is the spring coming? He said. “What is it like?…

“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”–Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden”

 

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”–Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Today is the day of optimism. The earth and the sun share smiles with us today. My childhood poem for spring was…

“A Birdie with a yellow bill

Hopped upon my windowsill

He cocked his shining eye and said,

‘Ain’t you shamed, you sleepyhead?'”

 

Everything is going to be all right. I know it is…

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Dealing With Setbacks

Quotes and Notes #137, March 20

“If you so choose, even the unexpected setbacks can bring new and positive possibilities. If you so choose, you can find value and fulfillment in every circumstance.”–Ralph Marston

It happens to all of us periodically—everything rolls on as it should and then, all of a sudden, things are not as they should be. A “fix” is due and a change is called for. It’s time for one of my favorite poems,

“When in trouble, when in doubt,

Run in circles, scream and shout.”

Or you can quietly examine the situation and come up with possible alternatives that may serve to make things even better than they were before the setback.

Several years ago, a client and I were trying to figure out how to build a retaining wall for a back yard hill. No matter what we did, the result would be ugly—and expensive.

We looked and studied. Finally, I smiled and said, “let’s turn a liability into an asset.”

And we built a beautiful waterfall.

Share a smile today with someone you love.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Foolishness

 

Quotes and Notes #136, March 19

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.”–Horace

What would make you giggle to yourself this morning? How about secretly eating a handful of ice cream? Can you think up your own brand of foolishness? Are we allowed to plan foolishness, or is it better if committed in a spontaneous manner?

Just for the moment, jump up in the air and click your heels (do it in your mind if there’s no other way). Treat yourself to a laugh.

Be happy today and share the merriment

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

As a Child Sees Beauty

Quotes and Notes #135, March 18
”The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”–Albert Einstein

One of my favorite pictures from long ago is of my son at the age of four in which he is looking at a fishing worm as it crawls across his hand. I had taken him fishing at a beautiful mountain lake. With the mountains, clouds, and a forest all around him he found beauty in a slimy brown earthworm.

It’s not as much isolating the parts of beauty around us as it is accepting them with the grace and wonder of a child. Look for beauty today in places where you never found it before. It’s there. I guarantee it.

Share a smile along the way

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

Smile at the Sky

Quotes and Notes #134, March 17

“We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But, we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.”–Gary Zukav

Yesterday was a beautiful spring day. Everyone I saw had at one point during the day raised their face to the sky and shared a smile with nature’s glow. Whether I saw them do it or not didn’t really matter because it showed in their demeanor.

I asked my favorite question, “What can I contribute?”

We shall see.

Share a smile with the world.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

“It’s Called Living”

Quotes and Notes #133, March 16

“It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.–Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett lived a full life. He also invented many diverse lives in his books and stories. He loved writing and when he was afflicted with early-onset Alzheimer’s and became unable to type, he wrote with a program that converted his spoken words into a written file. He once remarked that he had the ability to write a complete book, decide he didn’t like it, and then throw it in the trash and happily start over. He died a few days ago.

That’s what this note is about. If you’re walking down a difficult road, stick with it. If you’re walking down a road that leads nowhere, take a detour. If you are walking on a happy road, share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Act as If

Quotes and Notes #132, March 15,

“I’ve always thought that people need to feel good about themselves and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way.”--Leo Buscaglia

This is conceptual—I never thought about myself as having a “role.” Perhaps I should. Perhaps we should all adopt a role that calls for both feeling good and for helping others to feel good. It works for me.

Remember, helping others to feel good is one of the most selfish acts you can commit because it pays you back in kind.

My brother, Tom, once said, “If you want to be an artist, first you need to call yourself an artist.” This is a true statement and it applies in many ways. If you want to be happy, first you need to refer to yourself as happy. The key phrase to this concept is “act as if…” If you are not optimistic, act as if…

It works.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

ice cream

Quotes and Notes #131, March 14

“Ice Cream is the perfect buffer, because you can do things in a somewhat lighthearted way. Plus, people have an emotional response to ice cream; it’s more than just food. So I think when you combine caring and eating wonderful food, it’s a very powerful combination.”–Jerry Greenfield

A lady once said to me, “Ice cream is good for you. It is 80% air and everyone knows how good air is for the body.” If we add “sharing and laughing” to the above quote, it gives us even more of a reason to enjoy sharing good things with others. Others enjoy it, we enjoy it—everybody wins.

And don’t forget to share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Caring and Giving

Quotes and Notes #130, March 13

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”–Leo Buscaglia

Yesterday at the caregiver’s luncheon, I was talking with a nice man who told me that he makes ornate baby cradles. More than that, he makes cradles to give to random people who are having their first child. He told me that he just gave away number 21 and was starting another, then he showed me a picture of the beautiful work—it was priceless.

The back story was that his wife had died after a long spell with Alzheimer’s and the cradle making was part of his self-administered therapy.

I said, “I’ll bet those people really love the cradles.” He smiled and replied, “They sure do.”

I said, “I’ll bet giving those cradles away makes you feel pretty good.” He replied, “That’s the point of it, isn’t it?”

This story is my gift to you, now go out and pass it on.

Share a smile

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

Helping

Quotes and Notes #129, March 12

“I laughed and cried and then reread it. I wish everyone who has been diagnosed with cancer had the chance to read this book. Loved it. Thank you John for being such an inspiration to me.”–Wanda Tillman

At a dinner one night, Lee Walburn said, “John, you may or may not sell a lot of books, but the real thing to consider is that there is a chance that somewhere you will help someone.” This statement has—and always will—stayed with me. I have observed Wanda from afar (as a face book friend) as she has progressed from fearfully and tearfully facing cancer treatments to calmly, confidently, and boldly working her way through the process of cancer treatments.

As your questions get answered, your fears subside.

It occurs to me that there are many, many ways to share a smile.

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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