Is Rest Your Neglected Garden?

Quotes and Notes #351, October 21

Your garden of meditation needs tending

Your garden of meditation needs tending

“It is very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.—Thich Nhat Hanh—

We seem to run all day—to pay the bills, invest in the future, get ahead, perform endless jobs, and when we’re finished with that, we run even more.

It is good to take a bit of time each day to sit and relax, to contemplate and meditate. Only a few minutes of contemplation will act as a powerful pill of reconstitution. Try it.

Smile for your inner happiness
Remember, you are the only you in the world
And remember that, Everything is going to be all right

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

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For Success, Plant the Seed and Wait…

Quotes and Notes #350, October 20

Till the soil, plant the seed, nurture the beginnings, and wait

Till the soil, plant the seed, nurture the beginnings, and wait

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”—Helen Keller—

We must first till the ground and then plant the seeds. We must watch the results of our endeavors through the ravages of drought, disease, storm, flood, and time before we attain the ultimate goals.

In a world in which “instant gratification” seems to be too slow, it is best to look to patience for true goodness and value. The harvest will come

Don’t forget to share a smile
And that you are the only you in the world
Everything is going to be all right

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

For I Have Promises To Keep…

Quotes and Notes #349, October 19

“And miles to go before I sleep.” –Robert Frost

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”—Robert Frost—

It’s all right with me if you want to think from a different category, but is it all right with you?

Do you feel a bit of trepidation when your thoughts or your life veers off in a sort of different direction? Be bold and follow where your mind leads you—that’s how you learn.

In another poem, Robert Frost says,
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

A lot of those promises should be ones that you made to yourself.
To share a smile should be one of those promises.
Everything is going to be all right

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

Afraid? Insecure? Here’s The Answer…

Quotes and Notes #348, October 18

Remember, you are the only you there is

Remember, you are the only you there is

“Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing—
Turn your toes out when you walk—
And remember who you are!”—Lewis Carroll, “Through the Looking Glass”—

Today’s key word is “remember”
Remember when people hurt you
Remember when you feel insecure
Remember when you feel like nobody loves you
Remember when you are overcome by fear
Remember all of the things that make you feel bad about yourself
And then, after all of that—REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE—

Remember that you are Wonder Woman, Superman, Mighty Mouse—remember that you, and you alone control your attitude. This makes you all-powerful. Remember that you are the only you in the world and if they don’t like it they can…well, you get the message.

Share a smile with everyone who has insecurities—that’s everyone.
Everything is going to be all right.

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

Love Your Work–Be Happy…

Quotes and Notes #347, October 17

"Work is work, money is money, be happy"--Santos Alonzo

“Work is work, money is money, be happy”–Santos Alonzo

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.”—Pearl S. Buck—

“Let us realize that: the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success.”—David O. McKay—

One day, I found my friend Santos knee deep in a ditch looking for a water leak. He took a break and we talked for a while. I asked, “Santos, why is it that you have the hardest and dirtiest work but you are still happy, laughing, and joking continuously?”

He thought, took a sip of his coffee, and said, “See Juan, trabajo es trabajo, dinero es dinero (work is work, money is money). We must work to get dinero so we may as well be happy. The job doesn’t matter as long as you are happy. When you get home, there is food and love.”

When I was young, my mother would read me a short story titled, “Never Worked and Never Will.” It was about a wood carver and his friendship with a little girl who liked to watch him work. The wood carver loved his job. The people in the town said that the wood carver was crazy, that he worked harder than anyone around. The little girl understood.

Happiness and optimism work together. Optimism gets better with practice. Practice.
Share a smile with everyone who thinks you are crazy
Everything is going to be all right

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

We All Cope With Something…Understand….

Quotes and Notes #346, October 16

Smile, adapt, and move on

Smile, adapt, and move on

“Everybody has to have somebody to look down on.”–Kris Kristofferson

Take care before being judgmental. There may be extenuating circumstances—you just never know. My throat operation that was necessary to save me from dying from cancer had several effects. One is that it is now difficult for me to converse easily while dining. It is also difficult for me to make myself heard in a noisy environment, such as a noisy restaurant. Some time ago, my wife and I found that we could have a fun conversation by texting each other as we ate.

One Saturday morning, we were eating breakfast in a crowded Waffle House and having a fun time texting each other and laughing as we ate. A most elderly, obviously wealthy, obviously opinionated gentleman stopped at our table on his way out. He gave both of us a lecture on paying attention to our “little computers” instead of to each other. We both just looked at him silently, wondering, “How is this your concern?” The man walked off shaking his head. I thought, “Oh, well, Kristofferson was right on two levels this time.”

I did smile at him, though. Poor soul, he must live with himself..
You would share a smile with him, also, wouldn’t you?
Everything is going to be all right

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

Let’s Go Away Together…

Quotes and Notes #345, October 15

I can go to China and smell the flowers

I can go to China and smell the flowers

“For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils”
—William Wordsworth, “I Wander’d Lonely as a Cloud”

I can dance with the daffodils in the spring. I can enjoy the fragrance of the sasanqua in the fall. I can climb a mountain, surf a giant wave, and receive a kiss—all in my mind and all in an instant. My teacher in the second grade wrote on my report card, “Johnny wastes a lot of time.”—what she didn’t understand was that I had been busy with more important work.

Go with me today on a mental trip. Relax, close your eyes and know…
In only a moment, I can share a smile with the world
In only a moment, I can know that…
Everything is going to be all right

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

Are You Up For An Adventure?

Quotes and Notes #344, October 14

Have you an awesome day.

Have you an awesome day.

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”—Douglas Pagels—

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”—Francis of Assisi—

Begin the day with optimism—remember, if you are a pessimist, the best thing that could happen is for you to be wrong. It all works out well either day.

Today, you are writing your own story—don’t make it a sad one, avoid or correct tragic burdens, and include a little bit of adventure. Just go out there and have you an awesome day.

Smile for lots of people.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Do You Have a Problem?

Quotes and Notes #343, October 13,

This picture says nothing about the article but I really like it.

This picture says nothing about the article but I really like it.

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”—J.K. Rowling—

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”—Stephanie Perkins—

Think about the problem.
Study and research the nature of the problem.
Understand the details of the problem as much as possible.
Is there something you can do?—Do it.
Does someone need help?—Give it.
Do you need help?—ask for it.
Is there nothing you can do?—Accept it and move on.

And share a bunch of smiles along the way.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Home Is Where You Find It…

Quotes and Notes  #342, October 12

A home for comfort and nourishment.

A home for comfort and nourishment.

“If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name.”—Truman Capote, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”—

“At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”—Warsan Shire—

Finding home is more mental than physical. A home is for comfort, nourishment, content, and happiness. Home is a place to relax and calm our fears and troubles.

Home is a place to sit silently and meditate—and to know that everything is going to be all right.

Share a smile today
John P. Schulz

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