Find A Path and Give it Your All…

Quotes and Notes # 300, August 31

Follow your chosen path

Follow your chosen path

“When you find your path, you must ignore fear. You need to have the courage to risk mistakes. But once you are on that road…run, run, run, and don’t stop ‘til you’ve reached its end.”—Jose N. Harris, “MI Vida: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Love”—

You may think long and hard about making a move or taking a new direction. You may have doubts and fears about what you think may be a good thing to do, or, perhaps, you may be on a course and you worry about the possible outcomes…

The only way to go is to hit it wide open. If problems are to happen along the way, you may deal with them later. Ready, Set,…..

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

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When You Find Your Place, Hold On To It

Quotes and Notes #298, August 29

Hold on tight and follow the light

Hold on tight and follow the light

“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”—Gary Snider—

The Virginia Creeper on the bridge struggles to find its place. It clings on to its home, searching, searching. Eventually, though, it will find water, sustenance, and it will find the light—at which point it will thrive, grow to its environment, and find its full potential.

Having found its place, the vine will rest for the winter and come back stronger, year after year.

Are you making the best of your place? If you have found the light, hold on to it. Hold on tight and follow.

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

I will spend the weekend with my mother in Tennessee. No article tomorrow. I get a small break every now and then—john—

Here Come The Fire Department

Quotes and Notes #297, August 28

Time for stepping out. It will make you feel wonderful.

Time for stepping out. It will make you feel wonderful.

“When in doubt, wear red.”—Bill Blass–

If your self image is slipping a bit, don’t hide it—flaunt it. My mother, Jane Schulz calls it “the red patch.” It seems that during The War she was preparing to step out and show off in her new white slacks. On the big night, though, she found that the garment had a prominent rip in it that would be inappropriate for the outing. With no time or money to procure a new outfit, she sad down and sewed a prominent red patch on top of the problem. This was genius—it solved the problem, covered the flaw, and became a fashion statement.

It’s easy once you understand, if something is not right in your life, put a red patch on it. Make it so red that people will look at you and say, “Lookie there. Here come the fire department.”

There, I’ll bet I’ve shared a smile with you this morning.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Today’s illustration is a painting by Jonathan Roy, from the collection of Micheline Hicks

Use Your Talent to Contribute …

Quotes and Notes #296, August 27

Help the landscape

Help the landscape

“Using your talent, hobby, or profession in a way that makes you contribute something good to this world is truly the way to go.”—Simon Zingerman, “We All Need Heroes: Stories of the Brave and Foolish.”—

Four tires and some trash were piled up around a “no-dump sign in front of some rather pretty woods. I pass this site often on the way to perform my services for one of my wonderful clients. Every time I drove by the mess I found myself perturbed that someone would violate such a pretty place.

One day my client let me know that she, too, was perturbed with the situation. That afternoon, I loaded up four tires and some other garbage onto the back of my truck and took it to the county landfill. I paid the $21.00 fee and got rid of the mess for good.

Now when I drive by the site, instead of being angered and perturbed, I look at it and smile. Cleaning it up was a little thing. The change in my outlook is a big thing. I learned something.

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

Find Happiness One Step At A Time…

Quotes and Notes #295, August 26

walking the steps over and over...

walking the steps over and over…

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.  To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”—Henry David Thoreau—

Optimism, attitude, caring, and happiness are not qualities that just happen to us, they take practice—lots of practice. Remember two things,
We can choose our own attitude.
Optimism becomes better with practice.

You can light the path with a bright smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

A Good Character Index

Quotes and Notes # 294, August 25

the gardener wishes to please.

the gardener wishes to please.

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”—Abigail Van Buren—

The people who bring you food in a restaurant cannot fight back. Their jobs require them to remain passive.

Many people of special needs also need kindness and attention.

I’m sure that if you are reading my writing, you are probably of good character. The Dear Abby quote has just been hanging around in my mind and I like it—so there it is.

Share a tip with the waitress
Share a smile with your gardener
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

When You Think It Is Finished, That Is The New Beginning…

Quotes and Notes #293, August 24

The bonsai tree is never finished.

The bonsai tree is never finished.

`        “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.—Louis L’Amour—

When you feel that you are everything that you should be. When you think you have learned all that you need to learn. When you are as smart and well-educated as you will ever be, or when you have reached the bottom of your resources. When you reach that point, that is when you find one new concept, start asking questions, and opening up a new world.

The trunk of the bonsai tree becomes twisted and gnarled, but the bonsai is never finished.

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

Grandma’s Chair is Empty Now–Where Are The Stories?

Quotes and Notes #292, August 23

Grandma's chair is empty now. Who will take her place?

Grandma’s chair is empty now. Who will take her place?

“No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.”—Lewis Carroll, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”—

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”—Philip Pullman—

My mother told me about her grandmother who would sit in a massive wooden padded rocking chair—with the cat calmly resting on her ample bosom—while she knitted and told stories. Grandma’s chair is empty, now, and her stories have all been told. Do you remember any of these stories? Have you shared any of the stories? Do you tell stories of your own to the youngun’s?

Yes, Grandma’s chair is empty now, but I find it almost as sad that the technology revolution is causing us to find the living room empty, also. Are we losing the living room? Have we prodigally traded Grandma’s stories for stories that come out of a box with swiftly moving pictures and advertisements?  Sometimes I look at Grandma’s chair and think of all the questions I never asked.

Perhaps, if you haven’t already, it is a good time to start your memoir. You are never too old for this task. Actually the older you get, the better the stories. Write them down.

And share a smile with Grandma, sitting there in her chair
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

What Are Your Greatest Treasures? Find Them Here…

Quotes and Notes #291, August 22

Nature's pictures lead us to beautiful concepts.

Nature’s pictures lead us to beautiful concepts.

“What is love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and stars through his soul.”—Victor Hugo—

I found a most interesting image in the end cut on a 6X6 post. I paid attention to it, and it led me to today’s beautiful quote from Victor Hugo which led me to another observation:

Over the ages, there have always been countless numbers of people who had little or nothing. People who didn’t know where their next meal would come from—poor people.

But, over the ages, these people have always had three treasures: hope, love, and laughter. They have known that these three things would help them to live through their roller-coaster lives.

Sometimes we become wrapped up in our possessions, our drama, and our self-adopted stress. Sometimes we lose sight of our true treasures. Remember them, hope, love, and laughter.

Share a smile with someone less fortunate than you.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Pay Attention–A Moment Of Happiness Will Find You…

Quotes and Notes # 290, August 21

Daily surprises show up in strange places.

Daily surprises show up in strange places.

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them but that they seize us.”—Ashley Montagu—

There are little pieces of happiness all around us. They will reach out and grab us if we let them—and only if we let them. I was irritated that the garbage can was in the wrong place. I moved it, looked down, and found a pretty surprise lily smiling in the shade. And it was just for me. There’s a surprise moment of happiness just for you, too. It’s there every day. You don’t even have to look for it, only to recognize it.

Nine months ago, I set out to write a short article every day. A month or two later, I realized that it would be nice to have a photograph to go with the articles. The combination made for a bit of unexpected fun in my life. Every day now, as I go about my business, in the back of my mind I am on the lookout  for a picture to use in my article on the following day. Something always seems to jump out at me. It reminds me of my school days when ten children would wave their hands, jump up and down, and yell, “Me, me, choose me. Look at me, choose me.” What fun.

Smile and share a moment of happiness.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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