Overcome Your Limitations…

Quotes and Notes #205, June 3

“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”—Helen Keller—

I naturally think a lot about having lost my voice. This week my voice prosthesis wore out and I went to Emory to get a new one. It is a simple and painless procedure but it is a large part of overcoming my (to me) major infirmity.

On the way home I started thinking about overcoming things. I thought of a childhood friend Doug, who dealt with a withered hand from polio and learned to play baseball rather well. Then I thought about the moving visit that Dekie and I made to the Helen Keller home in Tuscumbia, Alabama. After that visit, and after learning about her life, I have gained an insight that asks, “Wow, if Helen Keller did what she did, what in the world do I have to complain about?”

Grin big today, because…
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Hooker's Lips (Psychotria elata)

Hooker’s Lips (Psychotria elata)

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You Are Still Developing, Take Your Time

Quotes and Notes #165, April 18

“Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.”—Saint Francis de Sales—

When I show a bonsai tree to most people, they usually have two questions,

  1.  “How old is it?”—The answer varies but is usually only a guess.
  2. “When will it be finished?”—The answer is, “It will never be finished.”

In the same light, we, as individuals are never finished. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you are still constantly changing, learning new things, realizing new concepts, and refining old opinions. Sometimes the process is slow and painful. Sometimes it is delightful. Be patient with yourself. Embrace the changes.

And share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Have patience. The bonsai tree is never finished.

Have patience. The bonsai tree is never finished.

Accepting Changes

Quotes and Notes #157, April 10

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.”–H. G. Wells–

I think that by nature humans will resist and dislike any sort of change. We are often irritated by things that affect our daily routine or that (heaven forbid) challenge our comfortable opinions.

But things will change—that’s progress—and we will be forced to accept the new order until the new order changes and we become irritated yet again. Accept, fix, repair, or adapt, it’s your choice.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Things Change.

Things Change.

For One Day, Don’t Complain

Quotes and Notes #112, February 23

“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”–Maya Angelou

Resolve to spend an entire day without complaining, you’ll feel better for it and the nature of your conversations with others will improve. Think about this, too—if you can go a day without complaining, then go another day without it. Keep this up and soon not complaining will become a habit.

As for me, I never saw where complaining accomplished anything. It just serves to take that smile off of your face for a while, and you know how important that smile is.

Spring is only a few short weeks away. Think of this and share a ray of humorous sunshine with a bright smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

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