To Feel Good–Let Someone Know That They Are Special

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“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”—Maya Angelou—

Keeping this in mind today, take the time to make somebody else feel good. Give them a non-material gift. Make somebody smile. Make somebody happy about something.

It’s easy to make someone feel special with a pat on the back and a small compliment—and it’s free.

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

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Leave something behind

something left behind

My brother Tom sent me this a while back:

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.” –Ray Bradbury—

And always share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz

Today, You Can Be Happy If You Want To…

Think about it--only you can control your attitude.

Think about it–only you can control your attitude.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own, and you know what you know.
And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
–Dr. Seuss
Today, make a plan, approach it with determination and follow through. Put a smile on your face and push on to attain your goals. Only you can do it.

Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz

Are You A Rainy Day People?…Good

You could be a beacon on a rainy day---You just never know. Photo by Bill Land

You could be a beacon on a rainy day—You just never know. Photo by Bill Land

“Rainy Day People always seem to know when it’s time to call. Rainy Day people don’t talk, they just listen til they’ve heard it all”—Gordon Lightfoot

Are you a rainy day people? Do you know some rainy day people? It’s nice to have a friend who will listen. It’s nicer to be a friend who will listen. Lightfoot also said,
“Rainy Day People don’t hide love inside, they just pass it on.”

Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right
John Schulz

By the way, that is a wonderful song. Look it up on You Tube.

Flying High

Close your eyes and, in your mind, fly above the clouds

Close your eyes and, in your mind, fly above the clouds

I found a group of quotes and notes that have not been published. I may have used some of them on Facebook, I’m not sure, but I think that I will publish them to my website. Here is the first of them:

“One thing about flying that he never got used to was that no matter how awful the weather was on the ground, if you flew high enough you could always find the sun.” –Tom Clancy, “The Hunt for Red October”

So if the weather is poor in your life or “on the ground,” sit back, relax, close your eyes, and fly as high as your mind will take you until you find the light.

Share a smile, and remember,
“Everything is going to be all right.”
John P. Schulz

Something That Made Me Feel Good

I woke up this morning, got my coffee, and checked my email. I had a notification that someone had linked to my site and that I needed to approve it. I looked. and saw that Tara had included me in a wonderful, feel good article on her site, If you’ve been following my writing, I’ll bet you will like this one:

The One Everyone Needs in Her Posse

When you look around at your posse, the ones who are closest to you, the ones whom you call to celebrate with or to share the hard times, the painful stories–look around closely.  In addition to the ones who will…click to continue

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Share a smile…
Everything is going to be all right

One A Day For A Year–Here’s Number 365

Quotes and Notes #365, November 4

“Knowing when to stop is the number one sign of a good writer.”—Jane B. Schulz, “My Mother Taught Me To Write”

Everything is going to be all right, diagram by Carmen Butcher

Everything is going to be all right, diagram by Carmen Butcher

One time my grandmother came home from church and I asked her, “Grandma, how was the sermon today?’ She replied, “It would have been a very good sermon but Preacher Johnson missed three good places to stop.”

A little over a year ago, on Facebook, I posted a motivational, cancer-related quote each day for the month of October in honor of Cancer Awareness Month. So many people asked me to continue that I promised to TRY to come up with an annotated quote article every day for a year. The articles became rather popular. I ended up with a mailing list of special people who requested the articles, and with a blog site which garnered over twelve thousand hits during the course of the year. Last December, my friend David Brown said, “I’m just wondering how long you can go without it becoming trite and worn.” I remembered that in my writing.

The payoff has been wonderful. I have gotten many nice comments. The best part of it, though, is that, every day, as I make my way out and about town, two or three people will smile, wave and say,

“Hey, John, Everything is going to be all right.”

I reached my goal and it is now time for a little break. I will not abandon the mailing group, the blog, or the Facebook following, I just need to ponder about my next direction. You can always go wander around in the blog site archives which you will find here:  https://johnschulzauthor.com/

Today’s wonderful illustration is a gift from my friend Carmen Butcher, Author, Professor of English, Shorter University. Thanks, Carmen, I treasure it.

So, carry on. I’ll be in touch
Share a smile wherever you go
Remember that only you can determine your attitude
That you are the only you in the world, and that,
Everything is going to be all right.

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

Number 364–What I Have Learned…

Quotes and Notes #364, November 3

The nandina shows us survival, strength, and beauty.

The nandina shows us survival, strength, and beauty.

“You have power over your mind—not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”—Marcus Aurelius, “Meditations”—

If I have found a message through the course of writing 364 of these articles, it is this.

  •           You have power over your mind.
  •           You can control your attitude.
  •           You can find your own happiness.
  •           You can be you—it matters not what others think.
  •           You have great value.

When I go to the grocery store these days and smile at a perfect stranger, they seem to be delighted and they always return the gesture.

The final thing I found—just lately—is the saying, “You are the only you in the world.” I guess I always knew that but didn’t recognize it.
Everything is going to be all right.

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

Got a Problem?–Kiss It–read on…

Quotes and Notes #363, November 2

Complex simplicity

Complex simplicity

“I met a man who sold umbrellas; just five dollars to avoid all that rain. A simple remedy to a problem beyond our control is often called the things you cannot change; serenity.”—Emily Flim—

This brings to mind the “KISS” principle. The Kiss principle is one of the most wonderful problem solving concepts that I ever came across. What does KISS stand for? “Keep It Simple, Stupid.”

A lot of times, if we will sit back and examine the problems that concern us, we will find little corners, rough places, and dangerous edges. If we take the time to chip away at the edges of the problem, we can finally get to its essence. We can simplify the problem. Then we can take care of that problem and move on to the next one. Keep it Simple.

This principle works best with a smile
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.”

Let’s Go For A Walk…

Quotes and notes, #362 November 1

Walking into outside.

Walking into outside.

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”—John Muir—

“Now shall I walk or shall I ride?
‘Ride,’ Pleasure said;
‘Walk,’ Joy replied.”
—W.H. Davies—

A walk through the woods, a walk through town, or a rambling through the pictures in your mind—walks and other roamings are good for working on attitudes. Attitudes are what keep you happy (or unhappy, if you so choose).

“The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for.”—Louis L’Amour—

Share a smile with others as you pass by
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.”

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