The Path From Confusion

Quotes and Notes #166, April 19

“I believe the process of going from confusion to understanding is a precious, even emotional, experience that can be the foundation of self-confidence.”—Brian Greene—

At times it becomes necessary to slow down and patiently study the nature of something that is confusing in our life. Sometimes, something happens in our direction or development that we just don’t quite understand. To deal with these feelings we have the choice of anger or examination.

It is best to pause, examine the nature of the confusion and to find a path to understanding and acceptance. In most cases the act of solving the problem, embracing the problem, or coming to an understanding of a new concept will serve to make us feel better about ourselves and to give us feelings of happiness, inner security, and confidence.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Be confident, be happy.

Be confident, be happy.

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You Are Still Developing, Take Your Time

Quotes and Notes #165, April 18

“Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.”—Saint Francis de Sales—

When I show a bonsai tree to most people, they usually have two questions,

  1.  “How old is it?”—The answer varies but is usually only a guess.
  2. “When will it be finished?”—The answer is, “It will never be finished.”

In the same light, we, as individuals are never finished. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you are still constantly changing, learning new things, realizing new concepts, and refining old opinions. Sometimes the process is slow and painful. Sometimes it is delightful. Be patient with yourself. Embrace the changes.

And share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Have patience. The bonsai tree is never finished.

Have patience. The bonsai tree is never finished.

Take Your Time, Enjoy the Ride

Quotes and Notes #164, April 17

“I told her I’d wait forever for her, but that was before I found somebody else who’d give me a ride home.”—Jarod Kintz, “This Book is Not For Sale”—

I was patiently looking for a suitable sensitive quote on patience when I came across this wonderful observation that makes my point with humor.

I have been a professional plant tender for over forty years and I have been forced to learn patience. I have, for instance, had the pleasure of starting plant pruning and shaping projects that take years to show the desired results and are never finished. You see, as in other endeavors, the joy is in the process—not in the end result.

So take the side roads in some of the things that are going on in your life. Be patient. Enjoy the scenery along the way.

And never forget to share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Santos has been working on this Bradford pear tree for years. It gets prettier every year.

Santos has been working on this Bradford pear tree for years. It gets prettier every year.

Practice Makes Perfect

Quotes and Notes #163, April 16

“Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition—such as lifting weights—we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.”—Stephen Covey—

Practice and exercise will develop character muscles.–The same goes with optimism and humor, these qualities may be greatly enhanced through practice and exercise.The idea is to keep moving forward with a good attitude.

A little over two years ago, due to a life giving operation, I could only communicate by using pen and paper or with hand signals. Yesterday, I spoke in a radio interview about “Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.” I felt new strength permeate my body as the self-doubts and fears disappeared. You can only imagine how good that felt. Practice makes perfect.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz “Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

My wife, Dekie, and Randy Davis helped with the confidence infusion.

My wife, Dekie, and Randy Davis helped with the confidence infusion.

Good and Happy Feelings

Quotes and Notes #162, April 15

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”–Robert Louis Stevenson—

If I want pretty marigolds, I plant the seeds. Marigold seeds are quick to grow and the plants are easy to maintain.

Orchid seeds take a couple of years to produce a blooming plant—but oh, what beautiful flowers we get for the waiting.

To get good and happy feelings, we plant the seeds by sharing good and happy feelings.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Actually, calla lilies plant their own seeds

Actually, calla lilies plant their own seeds

Overcoming or Redirecting?

Quotes and Notes #161, April 14

“Change is not overcoming inertia as much as it is redirecting, guiding, tweaking what already is and what has already happened. We must believe that we can make choices and that those choices can alter the future”–Max McKeown—

We must believe that we can make choices that make a difference. One of our choices is the nature of our overall attitude. Another is that of being happy. Attitude, optimism, and happiness are not things that just happen, they are things that we choose to have in our lives.

As for me, I choose to be happy, to maintain a positive attitude, and to laugh as much as possible. I know from experience that practicing these qualities makes them stronger.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

rain coming in....

rain coming in….

Do I Go Through That Wall or Around It?

Quotes and Notes #160, April 13

”If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”–Michael Jordan –

My younger brother, Billy, was born with Down syndrome many years before there were any programs, agencies, or educational opportunities for children with the same or similar disabilities.

Billy learned to take it in stride. My parents were a big help in assisting his development as he grew up but Billy ran into brick walls at every turn. He became a master at scaling these walls or working his way around them. He never met a stranger. When you were around him he treated you as one of the most special people in the world. Billy shared a smile everywhere he went.

Now, I have a brick wall of my own to climb. I’ve decided that I am not going to go through it, but to go around. That will be more fun. You know, if Billy can get around that wall, I feel sure that I can. All it takes is perseverance. You can do it too. Come up with a plan and go for it.

And don’t forget to share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Billy Schulz--A true hero in his time.

Billy Schulz–A true hero in his time. Photo by Mary de Wit

The Joys of Wasting Time

Quotes and Notes #159, April 12

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”–Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “The Little Prince”—

When I was in the second grade, the teacher wrote a note to my mother that said, “Johnny wastes too much time.” That was over sixty years ago and I still remember.

I know now that what that teacher didn’t understand was that I was involved in the important work of day-dreaming. I never quit. When I was much, much older, I learned to couple this practice with an activity and even later I learned that pruning bonsai trees was a very good way to focus on the day dreaming. It was an excellent way to waste time, but it also resulted in some beautiful trees.

For the past ten or so years, I have wasted time with my writing. It makes me feel good when I express my private feelings in a journal. It makes me feel good when I write a book that makes people laugh, or makes them cry, or which makes the ladies go “awww.” It really makes me feel good when my day-dreaming-writing helps someone.

Join me in the pleasures of wasting time.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Wasting time at the Chatooga River

Wasting time at the Chatooga River

A Time to Play

Quotes and Notes #158, April 11

“We are driven by five genetic needs: survival, love and belonging, power, freedom, and fun.”–William Glasser—

My wife says that the two greatest emotions are fear and love. Dealing with fear allows us to survive and love makes the survival worthwhile.

Next follow the extras: power, freedom, and fun.

I like fun. Fun is what lets us run around in the rain and laugh. Fun is contagious, and you don’t need a facility or equipment for fun—you can have fun in the privacy of your own mind in the dark of night if you wish. Also, there’s a division of fun called “silly.” It’s all right to be silly any time you feel like it.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Play time. Have fun today

Play time. Have fun today

Accepting Changes

Quotes and Notes #157, April 10

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.”–H. G. Wells–

I think that by nature humans will resist and dislike any sort of change. We are often irritated by things that affect our daily routine or that (heaven forbid) challenge our comfortable opinions.

But things will change—that’s progress—and we will be forced to accept the new order until the new order changes and we become irritated yet again. Accept, fix, repair, or adapt, it’s your choice.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Things Change.

Things Change.

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