Youth is a State of Mind

Quotes and Notes #238, July 8

“Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions. It is the freshness of the deep springs of life.”—Samuel Ullman—

Peter Pan told me I didn’t have to grow up unless I wanted to. I have listened. I have decided that I shall not dwell on the after-effects of Chemo. I will not allow the residuals of a carpal tunnel operation to cloud my thinking. I have chosen to enjoy not having to tend to an over-abundance of hair on my head.

I have decided to be who I am, to enjoy the memories and to look forward to the balance of my life, no matter what it may hold.

Everything is going to be all right
Share a smile—and maybe a bag of apples. Yes, that will do.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Enjoy red today.

Enjoy red today.

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You Can Do It if You Believe

Quotes and Notes #114, February 25

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.”–J.M. Barrie, “Peter Pan”

I’m sure that we all doubt our abilities periodically, but we mustn’t allow these doubts to stop us from trying to reach our goals, no matter how difficult they may be.

This quote brings to mind a story that my mother read to me many times when I was a child. The name of the story was “The Little Engine that Could” and it was about the smallest train engine which, against all odds, pulled its load to the top of a big hill. And how did it accomplish this? It reached the top not by saying “I know I can do it” but by saying, over and over, “I think I can, I think I can, I thinkicanIthinkIcan” until the job was done.

A positive attitude will help us to achieve seemingly impossible goals. Add a smile to that equation and you have a winning combination.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

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