Looking for Pretty

Quotes and Notes #221, June 19

“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”—Albert Einstein—

A young child will notice new things often, reaching out to touch and feel while seeing with wonder. As we age, we notice the new less often, but it is still there. We know the beauty of a bee, but we also know the truth of its sting.

The old saying, “take time to smell the roses” becomes more and more important in our busy and complicated lives.

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

As you age, maintain the child

As you age, maintain the child

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Why I Never Work

Quotes and Notes #220, June 18

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it”—Ralph Waldo Emerson—

When I was in my early twenties, a man who was probably my current age gave me an intricate plumbing job to perform as part of building a greenhouse. I listened to the directions and then asked, “How good a job do you want me to do.”

He thought about it for a moment and said, “Do the job so that when you are finished you can sit back and grin.” I considered his statement and did an installation job that was close to perfection. I stood back, examined my work and grinned happily.

I have remembered that experience for almost fifty years. That one lesson kept me from ever having to work again. I hope you understand.

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

Never worked and Never will

Never worked and Never will

Call Me a Dreamer…

Quotes and Notes #219, June 17

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”—Oscar Wilde—

Mrs. Brooks was my third grade teacher sixty some years ago. She wrote on my report card, “Johnny wastes too much time daydreaming.” I still have a picture of that card in my mind. I wanted to be a good boy, so I made a silent pledge to stop daydreaming. I never got around to keeping that pledge, though.

Dreaming during waking hours is a wonderful way to go to quiet places and rest your mind, to re-charge the batteries of your soul, and to calm your fears and doubts. Time spent dreaming is far from wasted.

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

Waiting for the moon so the dreaming can commence.

Waiting for the moon so the dreaming can commence.

Granpa, Why is Forever?…

Quotes and Notes #218, June 16

“A child said ‘What is the grass?’ Fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he.”—Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”—

In our grown up sophistication, it is easy to lose our childhood innocence. Sometimes it is good to go back in the history of our being and to again notice and ask about the unknown. The questions are not to be answered, but added to our feelings of asking, loving, and laughing.

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

"Granpa, why is this called a 'balloon flower?"

“Granpa, why is this called a ‘balloon flower?”

Adjust the Action Steps…

Quotes and Notes #217, June 15

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”—Confucius—

If you take the wrong turn on a road trip and find that the road you are on does not lead to your desired destination, the natural act is to look at the map and find another road. Of course, if there’s not a map to where you are going, then the trip becomes an adventure.

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

road trip adventure

road trip adventure

Happiness–Who is in charge?

Quotes and Notes #216, June 14

“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.”
—Edna St. Vincent Millay—

And I will run through the tall grass and laugh out loud. If I am unable to touch the flowers and run through the tall grass physically, then I shall do it in my mind. I can do anything in my mind. I can be a supra man or I can look at the world through the eyes of a dragon fly. I can be happy because, I, and I alone, am in charge of my attitude.

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

I will be happy and touch the flowers

I will be happy and touch the flowers

The Night Bloom Cereus Wakes up Laughing in The Early Morning

Quotes and Notes #215, June 13

“I take humor very seriously. I also take it three times a day, with meals.”–Jarod Kintz–

My mother said that a good sense of humor is a sign of intelligence.

I think that a good sense of humor is sexy, too. My wife wakes up laughing almost every morning. That pleases me.

Cultivate and nurture your sense of humor. It makes life much more enjoyable and it makes misfortune easier to handle.

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

The night blooming cereus wakes up laughing in the early morning.

The night blooming cereus wakes up laughing in the early morning.

Never Doubt Your Abilities

Quotes and Notes #214, June 12

“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”—Mark Twain—

I may not be able to do something. I may not have the ability to fulfill a dream, but please don’t tell me about my shortcomings.

If I have a desire or a dream for something that I wish to accomplish, and if I have the necessary motivation and self-confidence, then I will go for it.

Who knows what will happen if….

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

"Who would have known?...Human Sundial by Tom Schulz

“Who would have known?…Human Sundial by Tom Schulz

After The Storm The Heavens Share a Smile…

Quotes and Notes #213, June 11

“After every storm there is a rainbow. If you have eyes, you will find it. If you have wisdom, you will create it. If you have love for yourself and others, you won’t need it.”—Shannon L. Alder—

The hard times come and go but their passing is accelerated by the support and caring that we receive from our friends, families, and loved ones. We must always be there to return the favor.

The rainbow heralds the coming of a brighter day. It is the heaven’s way of sharing a smile

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

The harbinger of a brighter day. photo by Tommy Cobb

The harbinger of a brighter day. photo by Tommy Cobb

Visual vs. Conceptual

Quotes and Notes #212, June 10

“We are often taught to look for the beauty in all things, so in finding it, the layman asks the philosopher while the philosopher asks the photographer.”—Chriss Jami, “Killosophy”—

Can you see it? Can you feel it? Can you think of it? Can you tell us about it?

That wall, is it protecting me or confining me? Maybe I’ll go climb it and see what is on the other side.

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

Cycad in bloom--a plant from the Triassic period. If cycads could talk...

Cycad in bloom–a plant from the Triassic period. If cycads could talk…

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