Out of the Comfort Zone

Quotes and Notes #193, May 21

“Most learning happens outside of your comfort zone.”—Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey, as quoted in Vanity Fair, April 2015—

On May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris. It seems to me that learning is a product of curiosity, necessity, and fear. I know that fear is much more intense with the absence of knowledge about the nature of whatever is causing the fear. “Know thy enemy” is a valuable piece of advice to follow. As I have stated before, one of my favorite questions (and the one which, over the years, has gotten me into the most trouble) is,

“I wonder what would happen if…

Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

You never know what you will find outside the comfort zone.

You never know what you will find outside the comfort zone. (Calceolaria uniflora)

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I Think I Can

Quotes and Notes #192, May 20

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”—Buddha—

You reach out and try—you win a small victory. You try again and win another. The small victories add up in your life and eventually become a larger entity.

The little train made it up the hill, puffing, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” Small steps lead to great distances.

Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

cereus

Find Your Wings

Quotes and Notes #191, May 19

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”—Kurt Vonnegut—

It is good to have a small adventure every day—or at least once a week. Perhaps a major adventure is called for once a year.

We keep reaching out and learning new things about our world, about ourselves, and about others. This learning is essential for our happiness, so let’s all laugh out loud and jump into the unknown.
And ask the question, “I wonder what would happen if…”

Don’t forget to share a smile along the way.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Learning to crawl--and searching for wings along the way.

Learning to crawl–and searching for wings along the way.

Let Your Little Light Shine

Quotes and Notes #190, May 18

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”—William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”—

Sometimes I look at the big buildings and the works of the great architects and builders with awe. I feel diminished in that I have not made my mark on the world. Later, though, sometime during the day, someone will walk up to me and smile and say, “Everything is going to be all right.” It lets me know that my mark is out there. It may be small, but it is there, nevertheless.

Everyone has something to offer. Everyone has a light to shine. Put yours out there.
Everything is going to be all right
Share a smile
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

city skyline

city skyline

Relax and Give it Time

Quotes and Notes #189, May 17

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”—Alan Watts—

Trust your ability to conquer the day. Relax, give the day time to develop as you float your way through it.

Trust your ability to conquer the circumstances that cloud your thinking and happiness. Relax, give the circumstances time to unfold as you sit back and examine your possibilities and feelings.

At the end of the day, watch the sun set.
Share a smile with a Southern Lady.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Clouds enhance the sunset.

Clouds enhance the sunset.

Making Mistakes

Quotes and Notes #188, May 16

“All of us make mistakes. The key is to acknowledge them, learn, and move on. The real sin is ignoring mistakes, or worse, seeking to hide them.”—Robert Zoellick—

In living a life that contains the elements of creativeness, originality, and individualism, one must carefully weave his way through a mine field of possible mistakes. It is a given that mistakes will be made during creative endeavors, but if we pay attention to the mistakes, own up to them, and learn from them, then they are worthwhile.

The main key is to keep on moving through the adversities and to never, never quit.

Share a smile with the girl at the check out counter today.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

If you make a mistake, just own up to it and move on.

If you make a mistake, just own up to it and move on.

Don’t Forget to Be Yourself

Quotes and Notes #187 May 15

“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.”—Max Ehrmann—

Are you upset because something went wrong and it was your fault? Get over it. Are you concerned because you don’t seem to “fit in” some situation or another? Don’t worry about it. You probably don’t—accept it.

Do you worry that you are not the person your parents, teachers, preachers, lovers, bosses, etc. want you to be? That’s good, at least you’re not boring. Be yourself and enjoy it.

Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Be yourself. No one else can do it for you.

Be yourself. No one else can do it for you.

Living with Fantasy

Quotes and Notes #186, May 14

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”—Dr. Seuss—

Sometimes when current circumstances become difficult, complex, stressful, or not particularly happy, it becomes time to relax, close your eyes, and go to visit your personal fantasy.

So, if you use the question, “I wonder what would happen if…” and then follow up with an imaginary, silly story, it will give you a momentary free vacation filled with delight. Of course, one must be careful to not go over the border and move permanently to a life in fantasy land.

Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

This drawing by my friend Bill Amos shows me a map of fantasy land

This drawing by my friend Bill Amos shows me a map of fantasy land

Do You Have Enough Stuff?

Quotes and Notes #185, May 13,

“Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”—Epicurus—

It is sometimes difficult to let go of superfluous possessions but we must, at times, take a close look at our acquisitions and determine which are enjoyable and which cause stress, trouble, or inconvenience in our lives.

Proust wrote once that a good gift should be consumable because the alternative brought with it “the burden of display or storage.” I think about this when purchasing a gift for someone.

But a nice day and a shared smile are always enjoyable.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Are there ever enough flowers?

Are there ever enough flowers?

Follow The Light…

Quotes and Notes #184, May 12

“Light precedes every transition. Whether at the end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door or the flash of an idea, it is always there, heralding a new beginning.”
—Teresa Tsalaky—

New beginnings may be great or small. In one form or another, they happen every day. Our job is to see the light—to seize the new beginning and embrace it.

The ability to accept change and to follow the light is a valued possession.

Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz–“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Into the light for new beginnings

Into the light for new beginnings

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