Introspection On A Winter’s Day…

winter flower


“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”—Albert Camus—

Having known a beautiful summer’s day, we can always travel back there in our minds. Having known happy times, we can return to the moment and find happiness. Having found happiness, we can enhance its values by sharing it with others.

Commit a random act of kindness today.
Share a smile.
Everything is going to be all right.

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

Let’s Go Away Together…

Quotes and Notes #345, October 15

I can go to China and smell the flowers

I can go to China and smell the flowers

“For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils”
—William Wordsworth, “I Wander’d Lonely as a Cloud”

I can dance with the daffodils in the spring. I can enjoy the fragrance of the sasanqua in the fall. I can climb a mountain, surf a giant wave, and receive a kiss—all in my mind and all in an instant. My teacher in the second grade wrote on my report card, “Johnny wastes a lot of time.”—what she didn’t understand was that I had been busy with more important work.

Go with me today on a mental trip. Relax, close your eyes and know…
In only a moment, I can share a smile with the world
In only a moment, I can know that…
Everything is going to be all right

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

Home Is Where You Find It…

Quotes and Notes  #342, October 12

A home for comfort and nourishment.

A home for comfort and nourishment.

“If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name.”—Truman Capote, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”—

“At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before.”—Warsan Shire—

Finding home is more mental than physical. A home is for comfort, nourishment, content, and happiness. Home is a place to relax and calm our fears and troubles.

Home is a place to sit silently and meditate—and to know that everything is going to be all right.

Share a smile today
John P. Schulz

Sing a Song to Solitude

Quotes and Notes #120, March 3

“A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.”–Percy Bysshe Shelley

Meditation is a wonderful device for self-soothing and there is a myriad of ways to use this concept. Meditation, by definition, includes solitude. “Singing” to yourself in quiet may be accomplished, for example by,

  • Just closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths while sitting still.
  • Focusing your mind on a place or a scene and studying it mentally until your confusion of extraneous thoughts diminishes.
  • Writing also serves as a meditation, especially in a “journaling” manner, is a good way to examine your thoughts and feelings.
  • Keep in mind that your journaling efforts, written in a book or on a scrap of paper, may be discarded, saved, or shared. It’s your choice.
  • In any reflective occasion, it is a good idea to act as if someone has just asked, “How did that make you feel?”

Sing a song of cheer and then share the cheer with others.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

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