Share The Light…

Share the light

 

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”—Buddha

It is a time for us to work together. It is a time to stop being ruled by divisiveness and to move toward a feeling of belonging and happiness. This may be done by each of us lighting one candle at a time.

It’s a day to be selfish. Be selfish by figuring out what makes you happy and then sharing it with others. This will make you feel good. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when you smile at people and they return the gesture? Start the day with a laugh.

Go out and share a giggle.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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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

Number 364–What I Have Learned…

Quotes and Notes #364, November 3

The nandina shows us survival, strength, and beauty.

The nandina shows us survival, strength, and beauty.

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

If I have found a message through the course of writing 364 of these articles, it is this.

  •           You have power over your mind.
  •           You can control your attitude.
  •           You can find your own happiness.
  •           You can be you—it matters not what others think.
  •           You have great value.

When I go to the grocery store these days and smile at a perfect stranger, they seem to be delighted and they always return the gesture.

The final thing I found—just lately—is the saying, “You are the only you in the world.” I guess I always knew that but didn’t recognize it.
Everything is going to be all right.

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

A Concept About Happiness…

Quotes and notes #354, October 25

"I wonder what would happen if?"...Photo by Bill Land

“I wonder what would happen if?”…Photo by Bill Land

“Awareness of universals is called conceiving, and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.”—Bertrand Russell—

Every once in a while we “catch a concept.” Someone or something will show us a being, an idea, or an entity that we have never seen or thought of before. When we catch a concept, I like to think of it as a ball-shaped box that we can open and look inside of. And, guess what’s inside…

Questions.

Questions that we have never thought to ask before. More “what ifs” and more “what would happen if…” questions to ask of ourselves and the universe. The more we ask and answer the questions, the stronger the concept becomes. The stronger the concept becomes, the more it stands a chance of changing our lives and realizations.

Two concepts that I love to explore are happiness and optimism. They are interlaced. Happiness tells me that optimism is a pleasant way of thinking. Optimism tells us that everything is going to be all right. Examining and practicing these concepts helps them to become more familiar and pervasive in our lives.

Sharing a smile every day is a part of the happiness concept.
Realizing that you are the only you in the world is an important concept
Everything is going to be all right.

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

Love Your Work–Be Happy…

Quotes and Notes #347, October 17

"Work is work, money is money, be happy"--Santos Alonzo

“Work is work, money is money, be happy”–Santos Alonzo

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.”—Pearl S. Buck—

“Let us realize that: the privilege to work is a gift, the power to work is a blessing, the love of work is success.”—David O. McKay—

One day, I found my friend Santos knee deep in a ditch looking for a water leak. He took a break and we talked for a while. I asked, “Santos, why is it that you have the hardest and dirtiest work but you are still happy, laughing, and joking continuously?”

He thought, took a sip of his coffee, and said, “See Juan, trabajo es trabajo, dinero es dinero (work is work, money is money). We must work to get dinero so we may as well be happy. The job doesn’t matter as long as you are happy. When you get home, there is food and love.”

When I was young, my mother would read me a short story titled, “Never Worked and Never Will.” It was about a wood carver and his friendship with a little girl who liked to watch him work. The wood carver loved his job. The people in the town said that the wood carver was crazy, that he worked harder than anyone around. The little girl understood.

Happiness and optimism work together. Optimism gets better with practice. Practice.
Share a smile with everyone who thinks you are crazy
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.”

Find a Little Enjoyment as Happiness Flutters By…

Quotes and Notes # 283, August 14

It flies around and doesn't stay very long.

It flies around and doesn’t stay very long.

“With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.”—Max Ehrmann—

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”—R. Buckminster Fuller—

Everything doesn’t have to be beautiful. You don’t always need to be happy. It is good, however, to try and recognize beauty and happiness when it appears and flutters through your life. Find enjoyment.

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

What’s holding you back?

Quotes and Notes #256, July 18

Bloom and reach for the light

Bloom and reach for the light

“And even if you were in some prison, the walls of which let none of the sounds of the world come to your senses—would you not then still have your childhood, that precious, kingly possession, that treasure-house of memories?—Rainer Maria Rilke—

The climbing vine will find a way. It can, in its way, move large boulders and find passages through tiny cracks in massive walls.

We have light and we have the determination given to us by the optimism of childhood to drive us in our constant reach for the light of happiness.

You can pack up your attitude and carry it with you anywhere. Polish it up and make sure that it is a good one.
Steal a smile from a flower and give it to a stranger
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Pay Your Money and Take Your Chances

Quotes and Notes #250, July 11

“Having made the decision, do not revise it unless some new fact comes to your knowledge. Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.”—Bertrand Russell, “The Conquest of Happiness”—

At times I ask, “Is that storm coming or going? Is it going to stay or pass on through? Should I hide from it or find glory in it?

I find it best to look at all sides and then, more than likely, go on and do whatever I was going to do anyway. Show up at the circus—pay your money and take your chances. Indecision gets you nowhere. To not move is a move in and of itself.

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

Is that storm coming or going?

Is that storm coming or going?

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