Find The Rhythm In Your Day…

Quotes and Notes #330, September 30

Carry your load, find the rhythm, go from rock to rock until you hit smoother ground

Carry your load, find the rhythm, go from rock to rock until you hit smoother ground

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”—Thomas Merton—

“Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can’t fall when you get the rhythm of the dance.”—Jack Kerouac, “The Dharma Bums”—

Make a list of what needs to be done. Another of what bothers you at the moments. Make a list of your worries and concerns. Another of what causes you stress.

Relax and contemplate for a moment and then go after the items on the list, jumping from rock to rock, so to speak, carry the load, catch the rhythm, and don’t rest again until you hit the smoother ground.

Smile through the entire trip
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

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How To Deal With It…

Quotes and Notes #321, September 21

relax and enjoy the purples.

relax and enjoy the purples.

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”—William S. Burroughs—

When we are indecisive, uptight, hurried, or otherwise stressed, the most difficult and most effective remedy is to slow down, empty our minds of the offending thoughts, and just relax.

Think of something nice, or pretty, or something happy. The problem will be easier to handle when you get back to it.

While you are relaxed, share a couple of smiles
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Where Are The Monsters?

Quotes and Notes # 310, September 10

Find the monsters. Give them a name. Pet them and make friends.

Find the monsters. Give them a name. Pet them and make friends.

“Monsters cannot be announced. One cannot say: ‘Here are our monsters,’ without immediately turning the monsters into pets.”—Jacques Derrida—

During a learning period in my life, I found myself with a lot of worries, doubts, and fears that randomly take over my happiness and contentment at any time without warning. Eventually I began to call them monsters. That was many years ago.

As time went by, as the monsters came and went, I learned to name them. I learned that many times the monsters were making a repeat showing and that I had to deal with the same one over and over. I named them Pete and George and Mary Ellen. There were a number of them and they all had their own personalities.

As more time went by, when I would become stressed by a particular doubt or fear, I could recognize that monster and call it by name. “Come here, Louann,” I would say, “let me make you content and send you home.” It worked. I recognized the monsters, knew from whence they came, and knew what it would take to send them home. That turns worry into fun.

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

How to Deal With Stress

Quotes and Notes #224, June 23

“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.”—Langston Hughes—

My friend humor…
It makes stressful situations easier.
Humor is a sign of well-used intelligence
And humor is rather sexy.
I love my sense of humor—what a gift!

My goal for today is to make five people laugh
Share a smile
Everything is going to be all right.
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Flowers make me happy

Flowers make me happy

One Must Have Pie

 

Quotes and Notes #203, May 31, 2015

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”—David Mamet, “Boston Marriage”—

We must have a periodic pie to reward ourselves for being good boys and girls. Squash casserole is also a good stress reliever except that it’s good for you—but it’s still a wonderful comfort food.

Growing your own squash is good for meditation. All it takes is a flower pot and some potting soil. What you get is simplicity, a pretty flower, and some delightful fruits (that some folks call a vegetable).

Share a smile. Share a pie or a casserole
Everything is going to be all right
John P. Schulz—“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

The squash plant--good for meditation and food.

The squash plant–good for meditation and food.

Unnecessary Stress?

Quotes and Notes #170, April 23

“Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance…This frees us from unnecessary stress.”—Melody Beattie—

“Letting go” can be a powerful concept.  Sometimes we just need to let go of things or situations that we no longer need in our lives. Often it’s merely an idea that some thing or some thought is valuable when it is actually merely clutter.

Look at it as unnecessary weight that is holding down the other end of the see saw. Try to get rid of enough of this extraneous matter to allow you to end up with your feet lightly and comfortably on the ground with you in control. This is balance.

Share a smile

Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”

Letting go of unnecessary things, situations, and ideas helps to maintain balance.

Letting go of unnecessary things, situations, and ideas helps to maintain balance.

The Power to Choose

Quotes and Notes #99, February 9

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”–William James

This is a wonderful concept. It’s like choosing one flavor of ice cream over another. If I choose chocolate, I then also have the power to tell myself, “I think I would enjoy ice cream more than an anchovy sandwich.” The same goes with taking care of problems. I can choose to figure out ways to deal with the problem instead of spending my time worrying about it. I can choose what I will think about. I have that power. Remember, practice makes you a better optimist. Smiling creates happiness.

Everything is going to be all right.

John P. Schulz

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