The Secret of Genius

Quotes and Notes #156, April 9

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”–Aldous Huxley

I got in so much trouble as a child because I would randomly ask “I wonder what would happen if…?” I still ask myself that question, but I am much more reserved and careful in my quest for the answer.

Think back on the joys of youth—the wonder in discovering something new, the happiness in seeing a friend or loved one, The thrill of eating an orange with the juice running down your chin.

Re-visit and appreciate your childhood optimism.

Share a  smile with the check out lady.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Enjoy the flowers

Enjoy the flowers

Can You Trust a Tree?

Quotes and Notes #155, April 8

“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.”–Hal Borland–

When you tire of the trials and tribulations of life all around you, take a moment and look at the sky. Go outside and hug a tree, listen to a bird, or appreciate the fact that anymore, people seldom use squirrels in Brunswick Stew.

Enjoy the flowers and the green leaves. Appreciate the fact that on the other side of the equator the water goes down the drain in a different direction. If you are shut up in a windowless room, close your eyes for a moment and imagine all of the peacefulness of nature.

Go out and share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

I don't know if I can trust this tree to have my best interests at heart--photo by Dekie Hicks.

I don’t know if I can trust this tree to have my best interests at heart–photo by Dekie Hicks.

Can You See It?

Quotes and Notes #154, April 7

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”—Henri Matisse–

With this one I can only tell my mother’s story about the two children—one an optimist, the other a pessimist. Researchers put the little pessimist boy in a room with every childhood delight imaginable. When he sat sadly in the corner, he was asked why. “Well,” he said, “If I play with the toys I’ll break them and if I eat all the cake and ice cream I’ll get sick.”

The little optimist boy was shown into a room that contained nothing but a pile of horse manure. The boy said, “oboy, oboy” and started grinning and digging furiously in the manure. When asked what he was doing, he replied, “There’s a pony here somewhere.”

Draw your own conclusions.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

I wanted to look at the view but the flowers got in my way

I wanted to look at the view but the flowers got in my way

The Top of The Mountain

Quotes and Notes #153, April 6

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.”—Dag Hammarskjold—

Sometimes it seems like you will never finish the job—or solve the problem. Sometimes it seems like the hard times will never end. The idea is to keep plugging along and to look back every now and then to see just how far you have come. You can be proud of that.

And share a smile along the way

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

push, climb, go around

push, climb, go around

Adventures are Good

Quotes and Notes #152, April 5

“Gravel roads support opportunities.”–Tom Schulz–

Do you sometimes feel like your life is stuck in the fast lane on the interstate? Are you a bit up tight because you are stuck in a mental traffic jam?

Take a break, turn off on a side road. Enjoy the change and if this is still to crowded to suit you, well, then…

Take a walk on a gravel road and see what direction that takes you in. You may be pleasantly surprised.

If you are unable to take on this adventure physically, then picture the gravel road in your mind and enjoy the walk through the wooded hillside’s natural garden. Even if you are totally incapacitated you may still, in your mind, kick up your heels and grin and giggle.

Don’t forget to share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

The Mantra for today and for every day. Drawing by  Tom Schulz, Artist

The Mantra for today and for every day. Drawing by Tom Schulz, Artist

Karma is a Law of Nature

 Quotes and Notes #151, April 4

“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success and love, it will all come back to you in abundance.  This is the law of nature.”–Steve Maraboli  

This is where the concept of karma comes from. And we all know the verse from The Bible, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”

When you share the good things, the good things, in turn, give you a good feeling of happiness and contentment.

Start the day with  sharing a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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Work on Your Self Confidence

Quotes and Notes #150, April 3

“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.”–Dalai Lama

We know that stress is not healthy. Sometimes it is important to stop, relax, and consciously, carefully, work your mind around the causes and solutions associated with stressful situations.

To stop and calmly analyze a situation increases the feelings of strength and reduces doubts in your abilities to handle things. This, in turn, builds your feeling of self confidence, makes you happier and more relaxed. It’s a complex relationship but it carries healthful benefits. Sharing a smile will help others to build self confidence.

A good mantra for relaxing:

“Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Take time to poder

Take time to ponder

Take Care

Quotes and Notes #149, April 2

“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”–Steven Spielberg

I have several mentors—one in particular—who may not even know that they are mentors but act with kindness and generosity. The particular mentor will plant a seed of an idea in my mind about once a year and I won’t even realize that it has been planted until it sprouts and begins to grow. She doesn’t try to change me, just to help me to expand.

You are probably a mentor to someone without even knowing it. Take care.

Remember to share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Sometimes one must step on flowers to reach a destination.  Take Care

Sometimes one must step on flowers to reach a destination. Take Care

Sitting Bull Agrees

Quotes and Notes #148, April 1

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!–Sitting Bull

Watching the transitions in nature from winter to spring is a delightful experience. With my hands out and my face turned up I laugh with the sky as I feel comfort from the sun.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

The woods enjoy the sunlight in early spring

The woods enjoy the sunlight in early spring

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