Happy Birthday, Tom…

Quotes and Notes #311, September 11

Gazing upwards

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it is a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”—Dr. Seuss—

Take a break from reality. Think of things that only you can think of and then go visit them. Take some of your friends with you on your mental vacation, maybe Chip and Dale, or Minnie Mouse. Play like a child and enjoy yourself. Be sure, though, to be home before supper time.

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

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Share a Smile With Success…

Quotes and Notes #305, September 5

Do it over and over until you get it right. Feel good about it.

Do it over and over until you get it right. Feel good about it.

“Whenever things go a bit sour in a job I’m doing, I always tell myself, ‘You can do better than this.’”—Dr. Seuss—

Things don’t always go as expected. Sometimes, no matter what kind of project it is, no matter how careful we are, something will go wrong. It is easy to entertain feelings of self-doubt, or, perhaps, it becomes time to work on another project which should be on-going:

Work on your attitude.

Remember, your attitude is something that you alone can determine. A good attitude comes easier with practice, in the same manner that cutting a piece of lumber, writing a poem, or producing a fine piece of needlework all come easier and better with practice.

Be positive.

Either fix the problem or throw it out and start again. By the way, the picture that accompanies this article is of a garden area that I planted six times over a period of twenty years before I was finally happy with it.

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

Can You Find The Light?

Quotes and Notes #265, July 27

Headed toward the light

Headed toward the light

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient for living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”—Dr. Seuss—

Almost through the tunnel, almost into the light—that’s when the going becomes most difficult. That is also the point where humor and optimism are called for.

Smile your way through. Laugh your way through. Share the smiles and the laughter with everyone you meet during the process. Making others happy will make you happy and the light at the end of the tunnel will become brighter.

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

Living with Fantasy

Quotes and Notes #186, May 14

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”—Dr. Seuss—

Sometimes when current circumstances become difficult, complex, stressful, or not particularly happy, it becomes time to relax, close your eyes, and go to visit your personal fantasy.

So, if you use the question, “I wonder what would happen if…” and then follow up with an imaginary, silly story, it will give you a momentary free vacation filled with delight. Of course, one must be careful to not go over the border and move permanently to a life in fantasy land.

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

This drawing by my friend Bill Amos shows me a map of fantasy land

This drawing by my friend Bill Amos shows me a map of fantasy land

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