Sitting Bull Agrees

Quotes and Notes #148, April 1

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!–Sitting Bull

Watching the transitions in nature from winter to spring is a delightful experience. With my hands out and my face turned up I laugh with the sky as I feel comfort from the sun.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

The woods enjoy the sunlight in early spring

The woods enjoy the sunlight in early spring

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Close Your Eyes and See the Flowers

Quotes and Notes #147, March 31

“I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.”–Anne Lamott

Close your eyes and listen. Look at the beauty of nature and then close your eyes and see it again. Take a break from the ordinary in your day and use the time to quietly enjoy the smile that nature is sharing with you.

The leaf buds are opening on the maple trees. The trees are getting dressed and preparing for their season in the sun.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Stop, look, listen and smell.

Stop, look, listen and smell.

Volume Two–Spring

Quotes and Notes #138, March 21

Volume II—Spring

 

“She turned to the sunlight

And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her neighbor:

‘Winter is dead.’”–A.A. Milne, “When We Were Very Young”

 

“Is the spring coming? He said. “What is it like?…

“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”–Frances Hodgson Burnett, “The Secret Garden”

 

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”–Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Today is the day of optimism. The earth and the sun share smiles with us today. My childhood poem for spring was…

“A Birdie with a yellow bill

Hopped upon my windowsill

He cocked his shining eye and said,

‘Ain’t you shamed, you sleepyhead?'”

 

Everything is going to be all right. I know it is…

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Smile at the Sky

Quotes and Notes #134, March 17

“We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But, we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.”–Gary Zukav

Yesterday was a beautiful spring day. Everyone I saw had at one point during the day raised their face to the sky and shared a smile with nature’s glow. Whether I saw them do it or not didn’t really matter because it showed in their demeanor.

I asked my favorite question, “What can I contribute?”

We shall see.

Share a smile with the world.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

For One Day, Don’t Complain

Quotes and Notes #112, February 23

“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”–Maya Angelou

Resolve to spend an entire day without complaining, you’ll feel better for it and the nature of your conversations with others will improve. Think about this, too—if you can go a day without complaining, then go another day without it. Keep this up and soon not complaining will become a habit.

As for me, I never saw where complaining accomplished anything. It just serves to take that smile off of your face for a while, and you know how important that smile is.

Spring is only a few short weeks away. Think of this and share a ray of humorous sunshine with a bright smile.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

Battle complexity

Quotes and Notes, January 26

“Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It’s less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.”–Tim Burton

Our lives seem to gain complexity as we grow older. Complexity creates stress. Today, do something to move toward simplicity. What is there in your life that you can do without? Find it and get rid of it. Try to avoid modifiers in your speech today. Definitely do not use the word “very.”  Look at the stems on the maple trees—the growth buds are swelling in anticipation of spring. Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

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