Find The Rhythm In Your Day…

Quotes and Notes #330, September 30

Carry your load, find the rhythm, go from rock to rock until you hit smoother ground

Carry your load, find the rhythm, go from rock to rock until you hit smoother ground

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”—Thomas Merton—

“Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can’t fall when you get the rhythm of the dance.”—Jack Kerouac, “The Dharma Bums”—

Make a list of what needs to be done. Another of what bothers you at the moments. Make a list of your worries and concerns. Another of what causes you stress.

Relax and contemplate for a moment and then go after the items on the list, jumping from rock to rock, so to speak, carry the load, catch the rhythm, and don’t rest again until you hit the smoother ground.

Smile through the entire trip
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Do Random Patterns Exist?

Quotes and Notes #329 September 29

Do patterns confine us or set us free?

Do patterns confine us or set us free?

“From where we stand the rain seems random. If we could stand somewhere else, we would see the order in it.”—Tony Hillerman, “Coyote Waits”—

There is often a pattern to our thoughts, actions, and concerns. The pattern, followed closely, can become a confinement. Sometimes we allow trivial concerns to pile up on us and to close us in like prison bars.

We can close our eyes, package the concerns, and imagine being on a hill looking down at the situation. Everything will look different. From a different perspective, it all becomes easier to deal with.

Cast a big grin down from the hill
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Just Say, “Thank You”

Quotes and Notes #328, September 28

when you do a good job, accept praise with a "thank you."

when you do a good job, accept praise with a “thank you.”

“Gracious acceptance is an art—an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving. Accepting another person’s gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you.”—Alexander McCall Smith, “Love Over Scotland”—

In 1960, the minimum wage was fifty cents an hour and I had a new job bagging groceries at the Piggly Wiggly. I was making money. I was useful. I learned how to sort and stack the groceries to perfection—bread on top in one bag, eggs on top in another, and divide up the number of cans to distribute weight.

That was a long time ago but I still remember the nice lady with grey hair and a ’52 Dodge. I rolled a cart full of purchases out for her and stacked them neatly in the spacious trunk, bracing them so that they would not fall over. That was when I received my first tip.

She held out a shiny dime. That was substantial at the time.
“I can’t take that,” I said, “I was just doing my job.”
She firmly replied, “You will take it. I want you to always remember that if someone gives you something it is two-fold. The gift is to make you feel good as well as to make the giver feel good.” She pressed the dime into my hand. I didn’t know what to say or do.

“Now, just say ‘thank you,’” she said to me. That’s all that is necessary. And remember that the same thing goes with a compliment as with a gift.”

I meet people now and then who perhaps should have run into the grey-haired lady with the ’52 Dodge. Are you one of them? Anyway, there’s my story. Pass it on.

And when someone shares a smile with you today, it makes them feel good
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Reach Out–See How Far You Can Go…

Quotes and Notes #327, September 27

Reach out--make something happen.

Reach out–make something happen.

“You look back on some little decision you made and realize all the things that happened because of it, and you think to yourself, ‘If only I’d known,’ but, of course, you couldn’t have known.”—Mary Downing Hahn, from “The Dead Man in Indian Creek.”—

The ripples of a decision roll outward in rings around us and we have no idea what shore they will wash up on.

That means that we don’t need to worry about what will happen, just take a chance. Reach out for the sun and show off your flowers.

Share a smile as you reach out. That helps.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

It Takes A Lot Of Work To Make Things Look Easy…

Quotes and Notes, #326, September 26

It took millions of years for Nature to learn and she keeps on refining

It took millions of years for Nature to learn and she keeps on refining

“If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all.”—Michelangelo Buonarroti—

My sister is an artist. One time she and I discussed an illustration that was needed. I watched her as she put a line here, a line there. She paused and then put a curve in one place and another curve beside it. Carefully, then, she tied the lines together, did some shading, and ended up with the perfect solution to the problem.

I was impressed and remarked, “And all it took was a few minutes.”

“Yes,” she replied, as she looked at me and smiled, “That and twenty years.”

I learned something that day.

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

Deal With Contention

Quotes and Notes #325, September 25

What a tangled web is negativism

What a tangled web is negativism

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”—Mark Twain—

It’s good to be nice to everyone—but there are those who will counter your niceness with negativism, bitterness, or contention. In such cases, try this; keep on being nice, but don’t pay attention to smallness, it is beneath you. Shrug your shoulders and move on.

It’s easy to smile when you are moving on.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Try This Today…

Quotes and Notes #324, September 24

A day you will never forget

A day you will never forget

“What if today you gave yourself permission to be outrageously kind? What if you extended as much good will and kindness as you can possibly muster to every person you meet? And what if you did it with no thought of reward? I’m sure of one thing: it will be a day you will never regret.”—Steve Goodier—

Or what if you did this every day of your life—It would make for a memorable life.

The fact remains that sharing a smile, sharing a kindness, or making someone feel good in one way or another, also serves to make us feel good and to be happy. Empathy breeds content.

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

Flowers For a Friend …

Quotes and Notes #323, September 23

A true friend is worth believing in

A true friend is worth believing in

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you some time. You just got to find the friends worth suffering for.”—Bob Marley—

Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked, ‘I don’t deserve it, I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.”—E.B. White, “Charlotte’s Web”—

If someone is a friend, it is because they have something to offer that somehow pleases you. Friends exist in your life on many levels. Loyalty to your friends is important to you as well as to them.

If a friend offends or hurts you, or if they hurt themselves—if they run off into a ditch, so to speak—you have your choice to either help them or cut them loose. If the friend is a true friend, you do not have a choice in the matter, there is only one direction you can take.

Share a smile with as many friends as you can today.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Would You Like To Tell Me About It?

Quotes and Notes #322, September 22

Enjoy your day. Be astonished.

Enjoy your day. Be astonished.

“Instructions for living a life,
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”
—Mary Oliver—

It’s almost time for the leaves to change. They will please us as they show off their wonderful fall colors. Then—well then, they will fall to the earth to complete their cycle and to add another layer to that which is nature.

I am going to approach the day with my eyes and mind wide open, looking for good things, fun, and interest. I may even tell about it. But, one way or another, I plan to show my colors. Will you do the same?

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

How To Deal With It…

Quotes and Notes #321, September 21

relax and enjoy the purples.

relax and enjoy the purples.

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”—William S. Burroughs—

When we are indecisive, uptight, hurried, or otherwise stressed, the most difficult and most effective remedy is to slow down, empty our minds of the offending thoughts, and just relax.

Think of something nice, or pretty, or something happy. The problem will be easier to handle when you get back to it.

While you are relaxed, share a couple of smiles
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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