Will You Remember a Story?

Quotes and Notes #269, July 31

Jane Cunningham tells a story

Jane Cunningham tells a story

“Tell me a story.
In this century, and moment, of mania, tell me a story.
Make it a story of great distances and starlight.
The name of the story will be time,
But you must not speak its name
Tell me a story of deep delight.”—Robert Penn Warren—

The story tellers are immensely important to our lives, our culture, our learning and—and to our mental well-being. Story telling is more than just relating happenings, story telling is also suspense, glory, intrigue, laughter, and tears. Story telling is an art form.

I remember Aunt Irma telling stories at Christmas gatherings. Aunt Irma Hochstein was a translator in WWII. She was a librarian, and she lived with her sister Frances. Irma worked and Frances cooked and kept house. They were my paternal grandmother’s sisters. I remember the stories, but more than that, I remember the way Aunt Irma told them. Don’t let this go away.

Tell stories to the children. Often.

And share lots of smiles
And let them know that everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”
The attached picture is of Miss Jane Owen Cunningham, a master storyteller.

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Have You Been Surprised Lately?

Quotes and Notes #268, July 30

The surprise lily or "nekkid Lady" prepares us for August

The surprise lily or “nekkid Lady” prepares us for August

“Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.”—Jimmy Buffett—

Lycoris lily species have many names. Way down south, they call it the “nekkid lady.” The more cultured southerners refer to it as a “surprise lily.” The latter is the best name in my opinion.

This wonderful plant puts out a grand show of leaves in the spring, promising something wonderful, but, then, the leaves wither, die, disappear, and are forgotten. The gardener enjoys other plants and flowers.

In the heat of August, however, the forgotten surprise lily lives up to its name and gives us a beautiful flower to enjoy.

There is a philosophical lesson to be learned here. I don’t know what it is, but I’m sure there is one.

Today I will surprise someone with a smile and a kindness
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Can You Find the Balance?

Quotes and Notes #267, July 29

peace with kindness

peace with kindness

“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.”—Thomas Kinkade—

A true story…
As the stream of your life runs over the rocks, it takes but a moment now and then to recognize the needs of a friend and a moment more to offer a word of encouragement. The stream flows on over the rocks.

And then, one day, you receive a return message from one of those friends.
The message says, “You truly add so much joy to me and spread a lot of sunshine in my life!”
That should make you happy.

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

Can You Sing in the Sunshine?

Quotes and Notes #266, July 28

Enjoy the sunshine and then share the good feelings

Enjoy the sunshine and then share the good feelings

“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”—James M. Barrie—

Being nice, giving kindness, and sharing happiness can be the most rewarding investments that you ever make. Buy some stock and reap the dividends.

Enjoy your afternoon in the sun. Sing a little song to yourself

Share a smile today and make someone feel good
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Can You Find The Light?

Quotes and Notes #265, July 27

Headed toward the light

Headed toward the light

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient for living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”—Dr. Seuss—

Almost through the tunnel, almost into the light—that’s when the going becomes most difficult. That is also the point where humor and optimism are called for.

Smile your way through. Laugh your way through. Share the smiles and the laughter with everyone you meet during the process. Making others happy will make you happy and the light at the end of the tunnel will become brighter.

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

Where Can I Find Calm?

Quotes and Notes #264, July 26,

The ferns replace a fallen oak and make a home for an acorn to sprout.

The ferns replace a fallen oak and make a home for an acorn to sprout.

“Amidst the chaos of the cities, a part of you always yearns for the silence of the woods.”—Ram Mohan—

A slow walk in the woods seems to heighten our senses, enhancing our awareness of the surrounding beauty. We can see the forest and the trees, the giant oak and the lonely mushroom. Where a stately tree once fell, the breezes have distributed microscopic fern spores. I guess there’s a message there, but I really don’t know what it is.

If you can’t walk in the woods, then lean back, close your eyes, imagine solitude, and go there. You probably won’t see the animals—but they will see you.

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

Can You See it?

Quotes and Notes #263, July 25

Look at things differently today

Look at things differently today

“It’s like looking through a microscope your whole life,” He said. “You miss the whole picture. Sometimes you need to get lost in order to discover anything.”—Katie Kacvinsky, “Awaken”—

It was something I had seen before
There, growing in the forest floor.
But this time, somehow,
I saw it rather differently
And remarked, “Wow,
Nature has made a work of art
Just for me—
How cool is that?”

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

Be Who You Are

Quotes and Notes #262, July 24, 2015

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”—Henry Van Dyke

Tell your story, write your book, paint your picture, and sing your song.

Plant your garden, write a poem, cook a masterpiece meal, teach a child.

Practice your art for the sake of your art. Be who you are. Accept and enjoy yourself.

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

It's there, somewhere

It’s there, somewhere

Can You be Just a Little Bit Patient?

Quotes and Notes #261, July 23, 2015

A fish waits patiently for its snack

A fish waits patiently for its snack

“Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
Rather it is ‘timing.’
It waits on the right time to act,
For the right principles
And in the right way.”—Fulton J. Sheen

The fish waits for his snack. The snack is patiently flying around looking for just the right place to land softly on the water. Things work out.

I have grown many plants. Once, when I was 25 years old, I was talking to an old man of 70. We talked about getting seeds for a rare plant and I remarked, “There’s not much sense in that because it will be five years before we get a mature specimen.” The old man smiled and said, “In that case, we had better get started.” We planted the seed and patiently waited. I don’t even remember what the plant was but I do remember the lesson. I will be 70 soon.

Be patient. Share a smile with those who don’t understand
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Can You Smile and Say “NO?”

Quotes and Notes #260, July 22

Push your distractions aside for a while

Push your distractions aside for a while

“Information overload (on all levels) is exactly WHY you need an ‘ignore list.” It has never been more important to be able to say ‘No.’”—Mani S. Sivasubramanian—

With things to do, things that keep pounding our on consciousness, seeking attention, and choices—so many choices, our inner focus may become brittle and fractured. We must practice escape to concentration as a trigger to meditation. It is important, at times, to push the mental fragments aside.

“No.” is a word. It is also a sentence and perhaps a philosophy. Try it.
And it is all right to share a smile while saying “No.”
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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