What you get by achieving your goals

Quotes and Notes #100, February 10
”What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”–Henry David Thoreau

Today is a milestone on my endeavor to provide 365 of these short observations.

John Prine wrote a line, “We talked …until you said something neither of us knew.”

In the writing of these posts I have come to realize several things, among them:

  • Smiling creates happiness. Sharing a smile is important.
  • Optimism becomes stronger through practice.
  • I can choose my own attitude.
  • “Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged.” (Arnold)

Perhaps somewhere, somehow, these realizations are making a difference.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

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Stuff–physical and mental

Seneca the Younger 5 B.C--65 A.D.

Seneca the Younger
5 B.C–65 A.D.

Quotes and Notes #85, January 25

“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.” –Seneca

Too many times we lose sight of the good things in our lives as we wish for something unattainable. My wife has a rule for the house, “If something comes in, something must go out.” I love this rule. If I start to bring something home I automatically ask myself, “what will I dispose of?” I wonder if we could do this with our thoughts—such as when we get something new to fret over, we should get rid of an old fret? That’s just an off-the-top-of-my-head thought. I shall ponder it today.  Enjoy the sun. Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

A Woman’s Inner Strength

Quotes and Notes, January 10, 2015
”There is in every true woman’s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.”–Washington Irving

I believe this statement would hold true for some men but for many women. When you are doing well, your inner strength is held in reserve like muscles at rest. When it is time to deal with problems in your life, that strength is there to call on. Reach in and grab it. Beat the problems upside the head. While you’re at it, share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

The only strength that can overcome adversity

Quotes and Notes, January 9, 2015

“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.”

–Albert Schweitzer

As one may become stronger by practicing optimism, the same may be said about successfully dealing with ill fortune. When I lost my vocal cords several years ago and had to live for six months without a voice at all before getting a prosthesis, I made up my mind to become a motivational speaker some day. My voice is evident in my writing and last night I gave a successful reading for the Rome Area Writers organization.

What a good feeling that was! Push on and overcome. While you’re at it, share a smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

John Schulz speaking to members of Rome Area Writers.

John Schulz speaking to members of Rome Area Writers.

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