I’m Just Going Along For The Ride…

Quotes and notes #361, October 31

Follow the rails--photo by Bill Land

Follow the rails–photo by Bill Land

“The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.”—Leonard Cohen—

Thank you Mr. Cohen. I’m now finding more and more, how nice it is to get a ticket on life’s railway, find a window seat, and see where that baby goes.

There is a lot to be said for letting go of the things that we can’t control. There is a lot to be said for patiently seeing to the details that matter to us. And there is a lot to be said for realizing that, “Everything is going to be all right.”

Share a smile
Remember that you are the only you in the world

Follow the rails–photo by Bill Land

John Schulz

I Can Leap Tall Buildings…

Quotes and Notes #360, October 30

Look, Mom, I can fly over the ocean--Photo by Bill Land

Look, Mom, I can fly over the ocean

“Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.”—Rod Serling—

The funny thing is that we are all writers—of one sort or another. We make up our own stories and pack our heads full of them, mixing these tales in with the story that we are living. I can fly over the ocean or leap from the top of one skyscraper to another—in my mind.

If I am able to perform such amazing feats with the story-maker in my head, then I can also write into the story that I am an amazing, happy person who can tiptoe gently through life, one step at the time.

I can share a smile with everyone I meet today
I can be the best me I’ve ever been
Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Is That How It Happened?

Quotes and Notes #359

Looking back

Looking back

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”—Marcel Proust—

I remember one of my most cherished possessions when I was eight was a pocket knife. One time I had a dime. I wanted to go to the hobby shop and buy a piece of balsa wood to carve a boat. It would be a wonderful boat with a sail and a Viking emblem. But, then, the Saturday morning movie that week featured Roy Rogers and Lash Larue. The movie cost a dime and I would get a free popsicle as I left the theater.

That is my first remembrance of financial conflict. It is also my first remembrance of problem solving. I found that a large piece of pine bark from a dead stump would make a satisfactory boat and I would still have my dime for the movie. That was sixty-two years ago—I wonder if it really happened?

I wanted to share that smile with you today
And to remind you that you are the only you in the world
Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Will You Find Magic Today?

Quotes and Notes #358, October 28

waiting for breakfast photo by Bill Land

Waiting for breakfast…photo by Bill Land

“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”—J.B. Priestley—

A new day awaits us every morning. A new day for adventure, for problem solving, for love and caring and sharing.

And magic? There may be some magic in the day. We may have to look for it. Searching under the corner of life’s carpet will sometimes reveal a bit of magic that has been swept into a hiding place. Or, the magic may be disguised and standing right in front of us waiting to be recognized. When you notice it, give it a big hug. Have a wonderful day.

Share a smile with someone who needs it
Remember that you are the only you in the world,
And, Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Can You Change Your Story?

Quotes and Notes #357, October 27

Who will red line the story of your life?

Who will red line the story of your life?

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”—Aldous Huxley—

I write a story and give it to the editor. The story comes from my research, my experience, and my imagination—I can give it life, I can paint pictures in it, I can give it cadence or flow so that it sound almost like a song when read out loud. And then the editor goes over it and makes changes. Changes are discussed and corrections are made. The story gets better.

This doesn’t happen in my life, though. I cannot go back and make changes. I cannot be sure of the future story and I can only make changes in it before they happen. All I have for editing my life’s story is now. I get one shot at it and there are no red pencils that will mark the mistakes. I can develop a better plot for the future, but things may change, and what I expected may not be.

All I can really change is how I feel about things, and how I view my past, present, and perceived future. I can control my attitude.

I can share many smiles
I can know that I am the only me in the world
And I can accept that “Everything is going to be all right.”

John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

And It’s All So Easy!…

Quotes and Notes # 355, October 26

The bee's job is very simple--and most important.--photo by Bill Land

The bee’s job is very simple–and most important. Photo by Bill Land

“Despite all our amazing ability, ingenuity, technology and industry humans are the one species who have not mastered the art of simplicity.”—Rasheed Ogunlaru—

The bee performs a simple job—walk across the stamens to get pollen on its feet, walk across the pistils to seal everything up with nectar—and go home. The end result of the bee’s job, however, is more complicated. The bee pollinates the flowers, producing seeds, fruits, and sustenance for life on our world. Einstein said that without the bee, mankind would only survive for two years. And the bee’s job is so simple!

Closer to home, and in our minds, we may wish to explore ways in which we may simplify our lives. What concerns can we eliminate? What tasks can we make easier? Do we need help or can we give help? There are a lot of questions involved in the search for simplicity, but every little bit helps. Practice simplicity as you practice optimism. They are somehow related.

The simplest thing you can do for happiness is to share a smile
Recognize that You are the only you in the world
And, Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

A Concept About Happiness…

Quotes and notes #354, October 25

"I wonder what would happen if?"...Photo by Bill Land

“I wonder what would happen if?”…Photo by Bill Land

“Awareness of universals is called conceiving, and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.”—Bertrand Russell—

Every once in a while we “catch a concept.” Someone or something will show us a being, an idea, or an entity that we have never seen or thought of before. When we catch a concept, I like to think of it as a ball-shaped box that we can open and look inside of. And, guess what’s inside…


Questions that we have never thought to ask before. More “what ifs” and more “what would happen if…” questions to ask of ourselves and the universe. The more we ask and answer the questions, the stronger the concept becomes. The stronger the concept becomes, the more it stands a chance of changing our lives and realizations.

Two concepts that I love to explore are happiness and optimism. They are interlaced. Happiness tells me that optimism is a pleasant way of thinking. Optimism tells us that everything is going to be all right. Examining and practicing these concepts helps them to become more familiar and pervasive in our lives.

Sharing a smile every day is a part of the happiness concept.
Realizing that you are the only you in the world is an important concept
Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Reflections In Solitude

Quotes and Notes #354, October 24

Time to think,

Time to think, “What do I really want?” photo by Bill Land

“If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.”—Andre Maurois—   

We search and search to find things to fill up our spaces. We are not really looking for things but for satisfaction, status, instant gratification or other forms of what we perceive happiness to be. As time goes by, the results of these searches begin to matter less and less.

My wife has a rule that I love. She says, “If something comes in, something must go out.” Now, when I look at a bauble that promises passing pleasure, I must ask myself, “What will I get rid of?”

Perhaps I should do this with the multitude of fears that I am often offered. Maybe it should be something like, “I could be afraid that I would die at home in a fire—but first I must stop being afraid that a horde of angry Mongols will cut my head off before I get home.” I enjoy my lonely reflections—I never know quite where they will go.

Share a smile with the clerk in the bauble store today
Remember that You are the only You in the world.
Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Should I Ever Grow Up…

Quotes and Notes, #353 October 23

My Old Man was a mixture of adulthood and childishness. So am I.

My Old Man was a mixture of adulthood and childishness. So am I.

“My old man said when it’s time to be counted, the important thing is to be man enough to stand up.”—Robert A. Heinlein, “Between Planets”—

“As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind”.—Marcus Tullius Cicero—

My dad only wore shorts occasionally—when he went to the beach. On those occasions, he also wore his shined wing-tip shoes with black socks.

My old man would sometimes counteract his maturity by singing old Navy songs in his beautiful deep voice. He could go all the way down with “Many brave hearts are asleep in the deep, so be e e e ware.” Then he would change the tone and sing the one I remember best,

“Whoopsie doodle, I’m off my noodle, I threw my truss away.
My rupture’s gone, my rupture’s gone.”

He told me to stand up straight and to hold my shoulders back. He taught me to shake hands properly. He taught me to like snacks—cheese crackers (sometimes limburger which stank), pickled herring and M&Ms. I never saw him eat ice cream out of the carton by the handful—I got that from my mother.

So I will stand up to be counted. I will also borrow a small kid’s yo yo and show him how to do “Around the world” and “rock the cradle” with it.

I’m noticing that when I share a smile at the grocery store, the recipient seems to be delighted. This makes me happy.
Remember, You are the only you in the world.
Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Remembering Ginger

Quotes and Notes #352, October 22

The harvest

“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ‘tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.”—Brian Jacques, “Taggerung”—

A friend died the other day. She was a caring, smiling friend who shared, not only of her largesse, but of her mind, of her kindness, and of her great store of practical wisdom.

Last night, I was thinking on a question, “When I am gone, will someone remember me and my actions as fondly as I remember Ginger?”—That’s quite a question to ask. It’s quite a question to find an answer for.

All we can do is our best and hope that we leave something behind. All we can do is to remember our departed friends for their good works, beauty, and caring.

I shared many a smile with Ginger Grant. I’m glad.
Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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