Are You Really Listening?

Quotes and Notes #320, September 20

Someone is sending me a message.

Someone is sending me a message.

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”—Steven Covey

We are all familiar with this practice. I know that I have been guilty of it many times. As years have gone by, I have learned that when someone is telling me of their concerns, fortunes or misfortunes—they really don’t want a reply. I have learned that I can practice listening and become better at it. I have also learned to recognize other “listeners.”

Sometimes the best response is to say, “I’m sorry,” or “That’s interesting,” but the best practice is to listen instead of waiting impatiently to tell your friend about your neighbor’s mother-in-law’s grandmother’s similar experience. Listen to understand, and understand those who do not.

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

A Time To Relax…

Quotes and Notes #319, September 19

Relax and rest from your summer exertions. The time for reading is upon us.

Relax and rest from your summer exertions. The time for reading is upon us.

“I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.”—Robert Browning—

The laws of humanity also follow the concept of the seasons:

Plant kindness—harvest kindness.

Sow the seeds of happiness—be happy.

Tend your garden with joy and optimism. You will reap the benefits.

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

Play In The Park…

Quotes and Notes #318, September 18

Find time to play.

Find time to play.

“Life is a song—sing it. Life is a game—play it. Life is a challenge—meet it. Life is a dream—realize it. Life is a sacrifice—offer it. Life is love—enjoy it.”—Sal Baba

Little pieces of time that say, “have fun,” keep appearing and shining a light in our faces.

If we are open in our attitudes, these pieces of fun and enjoyment will find us, grab our hands, and lead us.

Smiles are to share—share a lot of them
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

A Time To Pause And Reflect…

Quotes and Notes #317, September 17

The wonderful colors of fall are showing up

The wonderful colors of fall are showing up

“Fall has always been my favorite season—the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”—Lauren DeStefano—

For me, the fall of the year is a time for reflection. I remember the song that goes, “It’s a long, long time, from May to December, and the days grow short when you reach September.”

I look back on the year past so far and think of the successes and some failures. I think of the glory of the fading summer and of the wonderful longer nights of thought, reading, and reflection which will soon be upon me.

And I love the blue of the sky. There’s nothing like the blue of a September sky.

Share smiles with the turning leaves and the bright yellows and golds.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

If You Don’t Like The Static, Change The Station…

Quotes and Notes #316, September 16

You can tune in to a new station every morning, if you so choose.

You can tune in to a new station every morning, if you so choose.

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”—Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden”—

As a response to yesterday’s article, a wise friend sent me the following:

“Many years ago, shortly after my wife died, my father was visiting me and I was very blue and low in spirit.  I wondered to him why I was left with a child I did not know how to raise?  Why I had been singled out to carry burdens beyond my strength?  He said, ‘If you hear static, noises, bad music, or other unpleasant sounds it’s time to change the station.”’—Robert E. Hicks—

Sometimes it’s like there is a large boulder that fell on the road, blocking all travel front of us. The rock is too big to move. We must study a while before we realize that the alternative plan would involve going over or around the barrier. Again, “It’s time to change the station.”

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

If You Can’t Change the Job, Change Your Viewpoint…

Quotes and Notes #315, September 15

If you move a bit one way or the other, the view changes.

If you move a bit one way or the other, the view changes.

“Why not make a daily pleasure out of a daily necessity.”—Peter Mayle—

Now, there’s an idea. It’s been my job to wash the dinner dishes since I was a child. I always looked at the job as drudgery. Things changed, though, over the years, and now I look at the time spent washing dishes as a free time for meditation and reflection.

What daily chores or rituals do you see as burdens? Try approaching them with a different viewpoint. It certainly won’t hurt anything.

And it never hurts to share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Are you up for an adventure today?

Quotes and Notes #314, September 14

Long ago picture of Christopher Robin and his pet bear.

Long ago picture of Christopher Robin and his pet bear.

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh” said Piglet at last, “What’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for Breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” Said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”—A.A.Milne—

It’s all in the way you look at things. Every day should be its own adventure. If you wish to see beauty, you will see beauty. If you want to be happy, you will be happy.

So, have an exciting adventure just for yourself today. Jump up in the air and click your heels (If you can’t quite pull that off any more, do it mentally).

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

Do You Love Your Job?

Quotes and Notes #313, September 13

Love your job and take pride in it.

“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, ‘here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.’”—Martin Luther King, Jr.—

I think that is a totally magnificent quote.

If you like what you do for a vocation—or an avocation—you will be happier and more peaceful.

If you don’t like what you do, then it is time for a change. You have two main choices in this. You may change your job, or you may change your attitude.

Remember that your attitude is something that is truly yours, that no one but you can regulate. So, smile and be happy. It will become a habit. And be proud of what you do, whatever it is, your career is, like attitude, a true possession.

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

Time For a Double Dose of Optimism?

Quotes and Notes #312, September 12

Give it your best.

Give it your best.

“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.”—Kahlil Gibran—

Wishing that a result would arrive earlier—or wishing it would arrive later—or wishing that it would never arrive at all—never accomplishes anything.

If something we do will enhance the outcome of a project, then we should do it. If nothing we do will enhance the outcome, than there is absolutely no reason to worry about it, just wait and see.

The best cure for anxiety is a large dose of optimism. Give yourself the necessary injection.
Close your eyes
Breathe Deeply, and tell yourself over and over,
“Everything is going to be all right.”
This will give you a smile which will be fun to share.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Happy Birthday, Tom…

Quotes and Notes #311, September 11

Gazing upwards

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it is 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—

Take a break from reality. Think of things that only you can think of and then go visit them. Take some of your friends with you on your mental vacation, maybe Chip and Dale, or Minnie Mouse. Play like a child and enjoy yourself. Be sure, though, to be home before supper time.

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

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