It’s Not What You Look at…

Quotes and Notes #231, June 30,

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”—Mark Twain—

It is important, no matter what we experience or how old we are, to keep searching, keep asking, and to continue to examine our surroundings.

We must never lose the questions, “What would happen if…” and “What would it look like if…”

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

What would it look like if...?

What would it look like if…?

“I Just Really Don’t Have Time…

Quotes and Notes, #230, June 29

“Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do.—John Carmack—

I have thought for a long time that when someone says, “I don’t have time to do (something),” that what they really mean is, “I don’t want to do it.”

In the switched on world we must be diligent in focusing on staying focused. If reaching a goal is what we want to do, it follows that allowing distractions is not what we want to do. Stay on course. Don’t get caught sidetracking.

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

Decisions on what is desirable

Decisions on what is desirable

Adjust Your Viewpoint and Kill Monsters

Quotes and Notes #229, June 28

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”—Marcel Proust—

We all have inside us the residue of antique judgments, fears, and disappointments that cast a shadow over our current observations. A childhood fear of monsters still makes us cringe years later every time we meet a monster on the street.

There are many new realizations that may be had by re-examining old prejudices. Looking at life from a different point of view can be very interesting.

I’ve noticed that when I share, a lot of people—not all—return the smile.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Look at things with a fresh attitude

Look at things with a fresh attitude

The Best Years of Your Life are…

Quotes and Notes #228, June 27

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”—Albert Ellis—

I can accept whatever happens and say, “It’s my fault.” Or I can look at whatever happens and say, “It’s someone else’s fault.” I can blame it on the heavens or go into denial, lie to myself, and pretend it never happened.

But, in the end, it’s my life. If I desire happiness, I can just accept life as it comes to me and move on. In this manner, I can choose my own attitude. My attitude is one thing that is mine, and mine alone. I cherish it.

I will smile often today and share happiness
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Study the character of the years. Years of suffering and some of elation.

Study the character of the years. Years of suffering and some of elation.

Reach Out to Your World

Quotes and Notes #227, June 26

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead.”—Louisa May Alcott—

Our dreams keep us moving. There are probably a lot of dreams for the future that are not attainable—but they are wonderful dreams and we can enjoy them for just that.

Reach out to your world. Reach out to nature. You never know whom you will touch. When you throw a rock into the waters, you cannot imagine how far some of the ripples may travel.

And share a smile along the way
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Reach out to the world

Reach out to the world

Say “Thank You” and Share the Love…

Quotes and Notes #226, June 25

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”—Khalil Gibran—

What a wonderful day this will be. It will be a good day to get in touch with friends and let them know that they are appreciated. Perhaps it is a day to thank friends—to thank them for just being a friend. It sure will make  feel good.

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

Sometimes, even the driveway will present you with a gift.

Sometimes, even the driveway will present you with a gift.

Visualize, Make a Plan–Go…

Quotes and Notes #225, June 24

“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps—we must step up the stairs.”—Vince Havner—

To dream a dream, to make a plan,
To study the steps of the plan and take them one at a time,
To reach your goal—
You can do it.

And share a smile as you go
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

One step at a time, you'll get there.

One step at a time, you’ll get there.

How to Deal With Stress

Quotes and Notes #224, June 23

“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.”—Langston Hughes—

My friend humor…
It makes stressful situations easier.
Humor is a sign of well-used intelligence
And humor is rather sexy.
I love my sense of humor—what a gift!

My goal for today is to make five people laugh
Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Flowers make me happy

Flowers make me happy

Curiosity, A Wonderful Gift…

 Quotes and Notes #223, June 22, 2015

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”—Eleanor Roosevelt—

I took great delight watching the child who had recently learned to walk as she moved rapidly through the strange house examining every nook, cranny, silver coaster, and other great phenomena. I could read in her eyes the unvoiced questions, “What is this? What is pretty? Shiny? Red?” And many others.

Curiosity is our teacher. Curiosity is the greatest weapon that we have against fear. We continually ask, “I wonder…” and, “what would happen if?”

So keep smiling and sharing and questioning
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

“What’s that? I wonder what would happen if…”?

A Short Essay About Resting…

Quotes and Notes #222, June 20

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”—John Lubbock, “The Use of Life.”—

Some of the greatest accomplishments of mankind are developed while resting. You may see me in a lounge chair in the shade with an unread book across my lap. You may notice that I’m gazing up at the under sides of the tree leaves above me. You may think that I’m wasting time.

But I’m not wasting time, I am working. I am solving the problems of humanity and building a tall skyscraper. I am working up energy to water the plants or to write the Great American Novel. There’s no limit to what I can accomplish while resting, so please don’t interrupt me.

I have a secondary quote submitted by my friend Sylvia Eidson:
“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.
It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.”
~H.. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

resting leads to accomplishment

resting leads to accomplishment

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