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.”

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Practice Makes Perfect

Quotes and Notes #163, April 16

“Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition—such as lifting weights—we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.”—Stephen Covey—

Practice and exercise will develop character muscles.–The same goes with optimism and humor, these qualities may be greatly enhanced through practice and exercise.The idea is to keep moving forward with a good attitude.

A little over two years ago, due to a life giving operation, I could only communicate by using pen and paper or with hand signals. Yesterday, I spoke in a radio interview about “Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.” I felt new strength permeate my body as the self-doubts and fears disappeared. You can only imagine how good that felt. Practice makes perfect.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

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

My wife, Dekie, and Randy Davis helped with the confidence infusion.

My wife, Dekie, and Randy Davis helped with the confidence infusion.

The Top of The Mountain

Quotes and Notes #153, April 6

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.”—Dag Hammarskjold—

Sometimes it seems like you will never finish the job—or solve the problem. Sometimes it seems like the hard times will never end. The idea is to keep plugging along and to look back every now and then to see just how far you have come. You can be proud of that.

And share a smile along the way

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

push, climb, go around

push, climb, go around

Listen, Feel, Give

Quotes and Notes #108, February 19–Giving

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”–Khalil Gibran, “The Prophet”

When someone we know tells us of their adversity and we don’t know what to say to them, we listen to them and say, “let me know if there’s anything I can do,” not realizing that if we listened totally and completely, we have already done something for them.

One of the best gifts we can give is to listen, to care, and to feel along with whomever we are talking to. This is also a self-serving gift because it takes our thoughts from our own problems, thereby making us feel good in return.

When you share a compliment, a pat on the back, or a smile—it makes a difference and there is never any telling how far that difference will go or what it will accomplish.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Look Inside

Quotes and Notes, January 11, 2015

“Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy, many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.”–Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117 B.C.) Roman historian

You can’t find true happiness at the mall. Nothing gives peace and contentment more than that which you can find inside yourself. Find something to giggle about. Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

A Woman’s Inner Strength

Quotes and Notes, January 10, 2015
”There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.”–Washington Irving

I believe this statement would hold true for some men but for many women. When you are doing well, your inner strength is held in reserve like muscles at rest. When it is time to deal with problems in your life, that strength is there to call on. Reach in and grab it. Beat the problems upside the head. While you’re at it, share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

The only strength that can overcome adversity

Quotes and Notes, January 9, 2015

“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.”

–Albert Schweitzer

As one may become stronger by practicing optimism, the same may be said about successfully dealing with ill fortune. When I lost my vocal cords several years ago and had to live for six months without a voice at all before getting a prosthesis, I made up my mind to become a motivational speaker some day. My voice is evident in my writing and last night I gave a successful reading for the Rome Area Writers organization.

What a good feeling that was! Push on and overcome. While you’re at it, share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

John Schulz speaking to members of Rome Area Writers.

John Schulz speaking to members of Rome Area Writers.

Quotes and Notes January 5, 2015

“We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.”–Marcel Proust

When adversity sets in and it seems like there is nothing that can be done, we can back off and look at the problem from a different perspective. We can ask, “What are the possible outcomes of this situation? Which of these outcomes are acceptable?”  Most of the time an alternative solution or situation works out well in the long run.

Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

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