How deep are your roots?

deep roots

 

“Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”—J.R.R. Tolkien—

The strength of a tree is deep in the ground. Your inner strength is in your mind and will protect you from bowing to outside pressure and stress.

Marcus Aurelius said, “You have power over your mind –not outside events. Realize this and you will find strength.”

Sharing a smile will increase your inner strength.
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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Number 364–What I Have Learned…

Quotes and Notes #364, November 3

The nandina shows us survival, strength, and beauty.

The nandina shows us survival, strength, and beauty.

“You have power over your mind—not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”—Marcus Aurelius, “Meditations”—

If I have found a message through the course of writing 364 of these articles, it is this.

  •           You have power over your mind.
  •           You can control your attitude.
  •           You can find your own happiness.
  •           You can be you—it matters not what others think.
  •           You have great value.

When I go to the grocery store these days and smile at a perfect stranger, they seem to be delighted and they always return the gesture.

The final thing I found—just lately—is the saying, “You are the only you in the world.” I guess I always knew that but didn’t recognize it.
Everything is going to be all right.

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

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)

A Positive Attitude

Quotes and Notes #144, March 28

“Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn’t take any brains to complain.”–Robert A. Cook

I was given a nice compliment the other day, someone said, “John, you never complain about anything and you’ve been through a lot.”

That made me feel good, and then I realized that the only way to sensibly deal with adversity is to either do something about the problem, or if that is not possible, to accept the situation and move on.

The only thing you could possibly gain from complaining is a false sympathy. To quietly accept or change and then forge your way through a trying situation on the other hand will give you a feeling of accomplishment, self-respect, and strength. You may choose your own attitude.

Share a smile with the sun

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

"Facing Cancer Treatments With Humor and Optimism

“Facing Cancer Treatments With Humor and Optimism

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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