Once We Believe In Ourselves—

Quotes and Notes # 306, September 6

Can you see the elf man?

Can you see the elf man?

“I met a little elf man once, down where the lilies blow.
I asked him why he was so small and why he didn’t grow.
He slightly frowned and with his eye he looked me through and through.
“I’m quite as big for me,” said he, “as you are big for you.”—John Kendrick Bangs—

  • The elf man believed in himself. He had nothing to prove. That’s lesson number one.
  • We must accept others for who they are. That’s lesson number two.
  • If you have self-confidence, you can follow the example of the elf man and see that, on any level, you are quite as good a person as anyone else. Lesson number three.

E.E. Cummings said it well:
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”—E.E. Cummings—

Today, share a smile with an elf man
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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The Strength to Overcome Adversity

Quotes and Notes #207, June 4,

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

I’m starting to notice a common thread developing in some of the articles in the quote project.

    • One gains strength by overcoming obstacles
    • Through practice, one develops the strength to overcome adversity.
    • Our levels of optimism are raised by the practice of optimism.
    • Our sense of self-confidence is enhanced through the practice of projecting self-confidence.
    • Happiness makes us smile. Smiling increases our feelings of happiness.
    • Sharing a smile will make both you and the recipient feel good.

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

Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

Work on Your Self Confidence

Quotes and Notes #150, April 3

“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.”–Dalai Lama

We know that stress is not healthy. Sometimes it is important to stop, relax, and consciously, carefully, work your mind around the causes and solutions associated with stressful situations.

To stop and calmly analyze a situation increases the feelings of strength and reduces doubts in your abilities to handle things. This, in turn, builds your feeling of self confidence, makes you happier and more relaxed. It’s a complex relationship but it carries healthful benefits. Sharing a smile will help others to build self confidence.

A good mantra for relaxing:

“Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Take time to poder

Take time to ponder

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

Take Care of Yourself

Quotes and Notes #111, February 22

  • “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others.

  • Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval.

  • Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”–Lao Tzu

Take time for yourself. Pamper yourself a bit. Come to terms with yourself. Never forget that you are what you are because you have had the courage to confront countless trials in life. You are a hero in your own way. Of course there have been failings, but without failings there can be no successes. So don’t dwell on the shortcomings, laugh about them. Forgive yourself.

Straighten your back and hold your head high as you go through the day today. Share a smile—a confident smile.

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

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