Are You Ready For An Adventure?

Quotes and Notes #279, August 10

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’
‘I should think so—in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!’”—J.R.R.Tolkein, “The Hobbit”—

When you feel Ho-Hum, an adventure is just the thing!

When you feel Ho-Hum, an adventure is just the thing!

Adventures are important. They help us to leave our routine and close the door on boredom. Adventures help us to expand our philosophical horizons. It is nice to have a partner in an adventure but not totally necessary. Many of the best adventures may be enjoyed while we are totally alone.

Adventures don’t have to be elaborate or expensive—we can take a trip, visit a mountain top, or swim to the depths of the ocean—right there inside our punkin heads. In order to find yourself inside the greatest of adventures, you only need to turn your mind free and invent the happening. Sometimes you may wish to write the adventure while it is occurring. This adds suspense and realism.

You may enter the adventure with a smile knowing that in the end…
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Scarred? Accept It and Move on…

Quotes and Notes #278, August 9, 2015

Nature flaunts her imperfections.

Nature flaunts her imperfections.

“Scars show us where we have been, they do not dictate where we are going.”—David Rossi—

“Scars are not injuries… A scar is healing. After injury, a scar is what makes you whole.”—China Mieville, “The Scar”—

Nature flaunts her scars and we call them “Natural wonders.” We make monuments of these scars and flock to see them.

Our scars, both psychological and physical, are a part of who we are. Sometimes it takes a long, long time to heal after a hurt or a misstep. The scar that forms after this healing is a reminder of the wound, the mental hurt, the former addiction, or of the remembered indiscretion. It is there. Don’t dwell on it. Accept that you are who you are—a grand collection of wounds and scars.

I have a very prominent scar that has been there for about three years. At first, I tried to hide it and then I said to myself, “This is who you are, accept it and move on.” It has become a part of me.

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

Running Around in Circles?

Quotes and Notes #277, August 8

Be patient, the time will come

Be patient, the time will come

“Everything has a way of coming full circle. It takes patience and perseverance to see a dream through—to close that circle. Because some dreams, like some circles, can be much bigger than others.”—Karen Dale Trask—

It comes to me in periods of nostalgia that for generations we timed our lives in a circle and that now the digital revolution has taken the circle out of time. I remember sitting in a classroom at two minutes before three o’clock on a Friday afternoon, waiting and watching as first the second hand and then the minute hand made their way to the end of the school week and the beginning of my two days of delightful freedom.

As one circle ends, another begins. It will happen. We must be patient.

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

Do You Get The Concept?

Quotes and Notes #276, August 7

Conceptual steps lead through a beautiful garden

Conceptual steps lead through a beautiful garden

“Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts and emerges ahead of his accomplishments.”—John Steinbeck—

A wise teacher once told me, “It’s not the teaching that counts, it’s the act of giving the student a new concept.” I have remembered and studied that statement over a number of years. A concept, I have found, is a tight group of questions that, when found, may be answered one by one.

These articles, for instance, are a concept that started with my favorite question, “I wonder what would happen if…” which led me into the discovery of new elements of positivism.

Which leads to, “What happens when I practice optimism?” And the answer is—when you ascend the staircase to higher and higher levels of optimism, your life becomes brighter, happier, and more worthwhile.

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

Can You Turn Your Focus?

Quotes and Notes #275, August 6

It's over there, on the other side of that hole in the wall. Turn, quickly

It’s over there, on the other side of that hole in the wall. Turn, quickly

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”—Helen Keller—

Inertia is the law of physics that makes a moving object maintain its direction, resisting turns, deviations, and creativity. If our direction is not quite to our satisfaction, we may summon up the strength to begin a drift to a bit of a different course. The first step to a different direction is usually the hardest, and then the steps become easier and easier.

Look around, are you so focused into your inertia-driven course that you are missing windows to the right or the left? Is there a hole in the wall with a better world on the other side? Do you dare to peek through?

No matter what, keep smiling
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Should You Laugh, Cry, or Just move on?

Quotes and Notes #274, August 5

spilled your coffee? Oh, Well...

spilled your coffee? Oh, Well…

“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.”—Bob Newhart—

Sometimes things happen. Sometimes things just don’t work out. Sometimes we need to just turn our backs on a situation, throw our hands in the air, say, “Oh, Well,” and just walk off. Sometimes we just need to move on to other things.

Laughter helps a lot. Maybe not out loud laughter but it sure does help to just shake your head and chuckle sardonically. (Wow, you don’t often get to use that word.)

And share the laughter. Someone you meet today might just need it.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

What Does Pondering Bring?

Quotes and Notes #273. August 4

To be alone and ponder

To be alone and ponder

“Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.”—Edward Gibbon—

It’s good to be alone and to explore what you have learned through your experiences of the day and how they apply to the experiences of your life. It is good to sit and ponder—to think and to meditate. Meditation brings inner peace, and inner peace brings happiness.

Later on you can share a smile with someone.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

What is a Weed?

Quotes and Notes #272, August 3

Grandma's cut flowers

Grandma’s cut flowers

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.”—Luther Burbank—

Some people may curse the dandelions in their immaculate lawns, but we are all delighted when we see a field of dandelions blooming in the sun. Few among us have never picked a dandelion seed pod and waved it around like a bubble blower, watching the seeds fly out into the air.

We all love our flowers—whether cultivated or what we refer to as weeds. Remember, a weed is merely a plant that is in the wrong place.
Grandma had her zinnias in the house from spring to fall.

Remember the flowers and smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Can You Hear Nature Speaking?

Quotes and Notes #271, August 2

The spirits are laughing around the old mill

The spirits are laughing around the old mill

“When you’re young, you say what you feel.
When you’re adult, you speak what you think
When you grow old, you listen to what nature says.”—Toba Beta—

The walls of the old Euharlee mill still stand on the side of the river. I look at it and wonder about the people who needed it, conceived it, constructed it, and used it. I think of the stories and laughter that they shared as they worked at feeding a part of their world.

Will stories and laughter be a part of your legacy?
Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

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

A Fire In The Story Cave

Quotes and Notes #270, August 1

Once Man had fire to chase the demons out of the cave it was time to Party.

Once Man had fire to chase the demons out of the cave it was time to Party.

When Man had found that fire would chase the demons from the caves, he had a warm, safe place to sit around that fire and –Tell Stories. My friend Nelson sent me a story about a story yesterday. I think it is an appropriate follow up to yesterdays Q&N—John—

Nelson wrote: “Your quote today reminded us of a visit to Marrakech Morocco. Each morning in the public square all kinds of people were to be found, including snake charmers and other weird and curious acts.
One such item was the “never ending story”. An elderly man would come every day at the same time and draw a crowd of listeners of all ages to hear about thirty minutes of the story. The story supposedly had been going on for generations and was expected to continue to do so. The story teller evidently made up the next day’s continuing saga each day, and this system had been passed down through time. This was in the nineteen eighties, and I would like to go back and see if it is still occurring.
We love your quotes, keep them coming.”
Nelson & Yolanda Magee

I love it, Nelson. Thank you for your contribution
I will share this story with a smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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