Turn a Liability Into An Asset

December 7

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”—Winston Churchill—

If something is ugly, paint a picture on it.

Several years ago I visited a landscaping client and we looked at an ugly hill right behind her house. A retaining wall was needed but the site did not allow machinery and the job would be difficult and very expensive. I thought for a long time and then smiled at the lady and said, “Let’s turn a liability into an asset.” We built a beautiful waterfall which solved the problem and is a visual and aural delight.

Look at your day in this way today. Every time you run into a difficulty, try your best to figure out how to turn it into something good—maybe even something you can share with someone else that will make them feel good.

Share a smile with the sunny side
Everything is going to be all right.

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

 

Facing the future

Prehistoric tree planters. Mural in Atlanta. Photo by Dekie Hicks

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”—Martin Luther—

Looking at this quote takes me to the one in which Winnie the Pooh says, “What if it doesn’t?”
What if the world doesn’t go to pieces? What if the tree doesn’t fall on you? What then?

Accept what is happening today for what it is but look forward to all of the good things ahead. Plant your tree. Eat an apple. Hope and Love are eternal.
Share a smile. Give someone an apple
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

A Song To Guide Your Day

from the bridge

There’s a dark and a troubled side of life;
There’s a bright and a sunny side, too;
Tho’ we meet with the darkness and strife,
The sunny side we also may view.

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life;
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we keep on the sunny side of life.”—Ada Blenkhorn (1899)—

This song has been around for over a hundred years. It was written the year my grandmother was born and was widely popularized in a 1928 recording by the Carter Family. Its message holds true for us today, also. Your assignment today is to read the lyrics a couple of times and get it in your head. Sing it all day long to yourself and share it with someone else.

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

Happiness Gets Better With Practice.

 

Terri's sunset

Special sunset makes us happy. Photo by Terri Morgan

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”—Anne Frank—

Anne Frank spoke to us from the inside of a dark storm. We should pay attention to her statement by finding happiness for ourselves and by sharing it with others.

You can be happy by telling yourself you are happy. You can share that happiness in many ways. Happiness is contagious. When you share a smile with someone it travels on and on like the ripples from throwing a pebble in a lake. Your assignment for today is to smile inside, laugh at yourself, and then go out and find someone to share a smile with.

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

When The Storm Has Passed…

after the storm

Fears come with the approaching storm. Courage comes with the storm. Smiles follow it all.

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” –Haruki Murakami–

It seems that we are constantly walking through storms. Some of them get really frightening. I think, though, that most of the fear comes to us as we hear the far off approaching thunder. We “hunker down” and endure the storm, walking out on the other end into a sunny day. The fear subsides

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

Get To Know Yourself

stairs to climb

“Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.”–Samuel Johnson–

“How does that make you feel?”  The answer to this question is one of the main keys to overcoming personal troubles. When we examine how we feel about issues and circumstances that worry us, the search for an answer will help us to accept, analyze, and deal with the problem.

Humor and optimism help a lot, also.
Climb those stairs and keep on smiling
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

On Choosing The Perfect Gift

gift horse

Hand carved carousel horse from Kingsport, Tennessee

“His gifts have the virtue of mortality which spares me the burden of display or storage.”—Marcel Proust, ‘Swan’s Way’—

The great philosopher, Robert Hicks, made me aware of this quote several years ago. I have since tried to use it when choosing a gift—especially one for the wealthy or elderly.

Mr. Hicks explained, “If someone gives you a special gift such as a painting, a figurine, or something special, you will have to consider where or if it should be displayed. This may be a burden, especially if your gift display areas are already cluttered with other special and one-of-a-kind gifts. The gift carries with it a responsibility—we are not allowed to sell it, and it could be perilous to convert it into a gift for another person. This would mean that we are burdened with the duty of storage and, perhaps, periodic display.”

When choosing a gift, then, it may be important to consider the “mortality level” of the gift. Flowers serve their purpose and are disposed of. Chocolates may be consumed. What other ideas do you have for consumable or disposable gifts?

Keep on Smiling.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

What’s On The Other Side Of Fear?

 

The other side of fear

“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of fear is freedom.”
–Marilyn Ferguson
Are everyday fears keeping you from enjoying the moment? Are specific fears slowing down the attainment of your goals?
To start with, recognize those fears. Point a finger at each one of them and say, “I know you.” Then caress the fears gently and set them aside. Move on to the other side of the fears. Find freedom from their chains. Enjoy your life.

And keep on smiling.
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Worried? Afraid? Follow these instructions…

 

fake

Find the problem. Identify it. Give it a name. deal with it

“It makes no sense to worry about things you have no control over because there’s nothing you can do about them, and why worry about things you do control? The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized.”
–Wayne Dyer
This quote gives you a way in which to categorize and handle your worry load. You need to isolate the items that you cannot do anything about and realize that there is no reason to worry about them for that reason.
And then—then you need to make a list of the items on your worry list that can be controlled and go down that list, carefully taking care of one item at a time. As you remove each item you will become more and more motivated to complete the job. If you need help with the list, ask for it.

And keep on smiling
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Don’t spoil any of it…

sharing and planning

 

“Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. Enjoy the day as it comes. Enjoy People as they come…The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.”
–Audrey Hepburn
I love this quote and I love Sundays. I can look back at the week gone by and quietly celebrate the good things that happened. I can rest and ponder. I think about my friends and loved ones and wish them well. I form positive plans and strategies for the coming week.
As Audrey said, “Appreciate the present.”
And as for the future–
Everything is going to be all right.
Keep on smiling

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

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