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

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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

Make Someone Happy

Quotes and Notes #140, March 24

“Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!”–Lawrence G. Lovasik

It seems to me that if you follow these directions, one of the people you will make happy every day will be you. It pays off with interest.

Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Act as If

Quotes and Notes #132, March 15,

“I’ve always thought that people need to feel good about themselves and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way.”--Leo Buscaglia

This is conceptual—I never thought about myself as having a “role.” Perhaps I should. Perhaps we should all adopt a role that calls for both feeling good and for helping others to feel good. It works for me.

Remember, helping others to feel good is one of the most selfish acts you can commit because it pays you back in kind.

My brother, Tom, once said, “If you want to be an artist, first you need to call yourself an artist.” This is a true statement and it applies in many ways. If you want to be happy, first you need to refer to yourself as happy. The key phrase to this concept is “act as if…” If you are not optimistic, act as if…

It works.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Keep on Waggin’ That Tail

Quotes and Notes #109, February 20

I talked with an old farmer yesterday on a cold afternoon. His boxwoods need pruning. I say that he was old—he looked to be my age—around 70 more or less.

 

Any time I have a conversation with someone, the button on my throat that I push when I want to talk allows the word “cancer” to float around in the air like a leaf on the wind. Sometimes it is mentioned and sometimes not. (Cancer,” that is.)

I could tell that he was well-to-do because of his surroundings. I wouldn’t have made that judgment just looking at his clothes. He was a working man. He asked me where I gotmy treatment, I replied, “Emory.” He smiled, “They do a good job at Emory. I go there a lot.”

I asked about his cancer and he told me it had started in his kidney and progressed to a couple of other parts of his body. He said that it was not curable but the doctors had slowed it down and he would “just live with it.”

“How does it make you feel?” I asked.

“Well,” he said, “I guess I’m happy with my life. I should have been gone some time ago.” He paused with a smile on his face.

“I’m just like an old cur dawg.” He continued, If I was a purebred I’d be dead by now. I guess I’ll just go on waggin’ my tail til I cain’t no more.”

And there’s my quote for the day, “I guess I’ll just go on waggin’ my tail til I cain’t no more.”

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Paranoia in reverse

Quotes and Notes #82, January 22

“I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”–J. D. Salinger

I’m not paranoid, it’s true—They really are out to make me happy. Everywhere I go, I smile at people, I nod in acknowledgement, and sometimes I push the button on my throat and say, “hello.”

People smile back, and I know that a bond has been created. It’s a short-lived bond, but it ties me to humanity nevertheless. Sometimes people stop and speak a sentence or two in passing. Yesterday, a lovely lady showed me that she had eyes of different colors and told me the scientific term for it (which I forgot). Yes, I think there is a universal organization out there plotting to make me happy. I’m going to enjoy it.  Don’t forget to feed the birds and share a smile.

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

Keep Singing.

Quotes and Notes January 7, 2015

“Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.”–Victor Hugo

Be content today in knowing that you have the ability to deal with any problems that present themselves. Be happy today, jump up and down and laugh. Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

Quotes and Notes January 6, 2015

“Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.”–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Take some time today to look around and enjoy the winter landscape. Take a moment to wave your arms in the air and pose like a tree. Listen to the songs of the birds and talk back to them. Give a random compliment to the lady at the check out counter or the helper at the hardware store. This will make you happy. Share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

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