Ease Up…Follow These 4 Easy Steps

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“Gardens say,
Slow down,
Look around you,
Believe,
Hope.”
— Zoraida Rivera Morales—

The end of the year approaches.
Take the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Take the time to look around at our wonderful world.
Take the time to believe in yourself and to hope for the years ahead.
Take the time to think about your loved ones and smile.
Find someone with whom you can share that smile.
Everything is going to be all right.

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

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Someone Could Use Your Clutter…

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Boxing Day

“The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.”—Homer—

When something new enters our house, my wife has a habit of saying, “Something comes in, something goes out.”

We often have so many possessions that some of them have lost any semblance of meaning or pleasure. A lot of these objects such as warm clothing or children’s toys, may be given to someone who needs them.

Make someone happy and in turn your act will remove clutter from your life and give you a good feeling.

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

Adversity May Lead To Something Good.

 

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Christmas 2015

And he went on to be world famous. His words are still with us after all these years.

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ novel has been so popular since it was first published in 1843 that it has never been out of print. Dickens’ interest in the plight of the poor and social injustice likely started when his father was sentenced to prison and Charles, then 12, had to quit school and take a job in a factory. Nearly 20 years later, in search of a bestseller, he came up with the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come—from the Fussy Librarian—

Merry Christmas
“God Bless us every one”—Tiny Tim.

Today is a wonderful day to practice optimism, happiness, and smiling
Share lots of smiles
Everything is going to be all right.

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

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.”

Organize Your Jobs Today…

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“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”—Mark Twain—

It is much easier to share a smile if you have taken care of the unpleasant or difficult parts of the day. Make a list today, even a mental list will help. Prioritize your goals so that things end up on a pleasant and easy note.

As I pay attention to the more practiced workmen on a landscaping job, I see that they prefer to get the more difficult part of the day’s work done first and then sail through the easy tasks to finish the day.

And they share smiles, laugh, and joke as they work
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Approach Things Slowly and Gently…

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”Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”—Nathaniel Hawthorne—

Approach things slowly and gently this time of the year. When stressed, pause quietly for a while and concentrate on removing the unpleasant feelings from your mind. Allow the space created thereby to fill with happiness and laughter.

  • Pause quietly
  • Share a smile
  • Everything is going to be all right.

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

How deep are your roots?

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“Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”—J.R.R. Tolkien—

The strength of a tree is deep in the ground. Your inner strength is in your mind and will protect you from bowing to outside pressure and stress.

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

Sharing a smile will increase your inner strength.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

How Many Questions Can You Ask Today?

 

The harvest

 

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”—Albert Einstein—

Three things to do today:

“Learn from yesterday”—Look back and review what you learned, good and bad.
“Live for today”—Enjoy yourself. Fold the day in your arms and love it.
“Hope for tomorrow”—Plan for tomorrow with humor and optimism.

Share smiles at the grocery store
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

A Story About A Story

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Today, instead of a quote, we have a story about a story.
Ten years ago my mother took me to see the big storytelling festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. I was intrigued. I thought, “How wonderful it would be to be able to tell a story like that.” I don’t think the concept of “bucket list” existed then, but if it had, I would have put storytelling on the list of things that I wanted to do before I kick the bucket. That seemed reasonable.

Three years ago I was recuperating from an operation that removed a malignant tumor from my throat. The operation also removed my larynx (or voice box). I knew that everything would be all right someday, but I remember being a bit depressed at not being able to talk at Christmas time. I had to write everything down instead. It was frustrating to say the least.

Time passed. I was fitted with a simple and effective implanted voice prosthesis that allows me to speak with a raspy but acceptable voice. When I want to talk, I push a button on my throat to re-direct the air from my trachea to my esophagus which allows sounds to form. I practiced and practiced with the device until it became a natural part of who I am. Everything was beginning to be all right.

Time passed. This year, Dekie and I were invited to attend a “Christmas Storytelling” party to be held at the lovely home of Terrell and Sheila Shaw here in Rome, Georgia. The guest list included a group of well-practiced and gifted storytellers from our area. Terrell said that anyone who wanted to tell a story could just sign up. I thought about that.
Could I tell a good story?
Would my limited voice work well enough?
Would I embarrass myself?
I had a lot of doubts and reservations. I was moving into uncharted territory in more ways than one.

“Well,” I thought, “I may as well try. There probably won’t be very many people there, anyway.” I still had doubts, though as to whether I should try until I got to the party and Terrell said,

“If you want to tell a story, write your name on a piece of paper and put it in this box.”

So, I did. Then I stood in a corner and watched as the house filled up with people—a lot of people. But, I had (intentionally?) painted myself into a corner—there was no backing out. We all sat in a big room and the storytelling started. These people were good. I wondered what would happen…

My turn came. I had modified one of my favorite stories to fit a Christmas format. I told the story about Louann. The voice worked rather well. I spoke the opening words of the story,
“Louann was a victim of numbers
With 5 more years of public education, 30 more points of I.Q. and 6 more teeth, she could have been a movie star.”

The audience laughed. I was off and running. The storytelling was a success. The party was wonderful. I had effectively dealt with my disability and overcome my fears of failure. I was able to share a lot of smiles.

For several years, I had told myself, “Everything is going to be all right.”
And it was.

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

Be Sure To Share A Smile

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“Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.”—Norman Vincent Peale—

Pay attention to your “manner of speech.” Try to speak only positive words today. Approach your situations with a pleasant demeanor and you will find that pleasantry returned with interest. The more I look at happiness and optimism, the more I find that these qualities improve with practice.

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

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