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

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Can You Change Your Story?

Quotes and Notes #357, October 27

Who will red line the story of your life?

Who will red line the story of your life?

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”—Aldous Huxley—

I write a story and give it to the editor. The story comes from my research, my experience, and my imagination—I can give it life, I can paint pictures in it, I can give it cadence or flow so that it sound almost like a song when read out loud. And then the editor goes over it and makes changes. Changes are discussed and corrections are made. The story gets better.

This doesn’t happen in my life, though. I cannot go back and make changes. I cannot be sure of the future story and I can only make changes in it before they happen. All I have for editing my life’s story is now. I get one shot at it and there are no red pencils that will mark the mistakes. I can develop a better plot for the future, but things may change, and what I expected may not be.

All I can really change is how I feel about things, and how I view my past, present, and perceived future. I can control my attitude.

I can share many smiles
I can know that I am the only me in the world
And I can accept that “Everything is going to be all right.”

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

Do You Love Your Job?

Quotes and Notes #313, September 13

Love your job and take pride in it.

“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, ‘here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.’”—Martin Luther King, Jr.—

I think that is a totally magnificent quote.

If you like what you do for a vocation—or an avocation—you will be happier and more peaceful.

If you don’t like what you do, then it is time for a change. You have two main choices in this. You may change your job, or you may change your attitude.

Remember that your attitude is something that is truly yours, that no one but you can regulate. So, smile and be happy. It will become a habit. And be proud of what you do, whatever it is, your career is, like attitude, a true possession.

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

Find Happiness One Step At A Time…

Quotes and Notes #295, August 26

walking the steps over and over...

walking the steps over and over…

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.  To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”—Henry David Thoreau—

Optimism, attitude, caring, and happiness are not qualities that just happen to us, they take practice—lots of practice. Remember two things,
We can choose our own attitude.
Optimism becomes better with practice.

You can light the path with a bright smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

What Is In Your Secret Garden?

Quotes and Notes #286, August 17

grab the beauty as you are passing through.

grab the beauty as you are passing through.

“Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high.”—William Goldman, “The Princess Bride.”—

“The garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a few disasters—May Sarton—

Happiness comes from within. It is closed up in a pretty box labeled, “Attitude” and attitude is adjustable. There are losses and there are new joys. Grab onto the good as it passes through.

And don’t forget to share a smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

You are Responsible for Your Own Attitude

Quotes and Notes #239, July 9—purpose

“A man said to the universe:
‘Sir, I exist!’
‘However,’ replied the universe,
‘The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation.’”
—Stephen Crane, “War Is Kind and Other Poems”—

Here’s the news for today. The universe is not going to help you to be happy today. You will have to do that for yourself. The universe is not going to help you to reach your goals. You will have to do that for yourself.

You, and you alone, are responsible for developing your own attitude. Make it a good one.

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

You are responsible

You are responsible

The Best Years of Your Life are…

Quotes and Notes #228, June 27

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”—Albert Ellis—

I can accept whatever happens and say, “It’s my fault.” Or I can look at whatever happens and say, “It’s someone else’s fault.” I can blame it on the heavens or go into denial, lie to myself, and pretend it never happened.

But, in the end, it’s my life. If I desire happiness, I can just accept life as it comes to me and move on. In this manner, I can choose my own attitude. My attitude is one thing that is mine, and mine alone. I cherish it.

I will smile often today and share happiness
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Study the character of the years. Years of suffering and some of elation.

Study the character of the years. Years of suffering and some of elation.

Happiness–Who is in charge?

Quotes and Notes #216, June 14

“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.”
—Edna St. Vincent Millay—

And I will run through the tall grass and laugh out loud. If I am unable to touch the flowers and run through the tall grass physically, then I shall do it in my mind. I can do anything in my mind. I can be a supra man or I can look at the world through the eyes of a dragon fly. I can be happy because, I, and I alone, am in charge of my attitude.

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

I will be happy and touch the flowers

I will be happy and touch the flowers

Positive Expectation

Quotes and Notes #205, June 2

“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.”—Brian Tracy

Today we find that we will have a superior personality if we pay attention to our positive attitude. Remember, we have the power to choose our own attitude in any situation.

Anger, fear, and worry use up a lot of valuable energy.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Look for the good side

Look for the good side

Choose Your Own Attitude

Quotes and Notes #199, May 27

“If you so choose, every mistake can lead to greater understanding and effectiveness. If you so choose, every frustration can help you to be more patient and more persistent.”—Ralph Marston—

Isn’t it wonderful that we have the power to choose our own attitude? Isn’t it nice that we can select whatever outlook we want?

It is a proven psychological phenomenon that smiling leads to happiness just as happiness leads to smiling. So, be happy, share a smile.

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

Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid, (Ophrys bbomyblifora)

Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid, (Ophrys bbomyblifora)

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