The house by H.-J. John

We were at a pizzeria. I ordered a pizza Hawaii, she ordered a pizza Funghi. I remained silent; she spoke. All I was able to do was sit silent in admiration. She moved from one topic to the next as if she were a general inspecting his troops. After the first half hour I had… Continue reading The house by H.-J. John

Be considerate by H.-J. John

A person approaches and pats your upper arm. You know them only fleetingly. The touch is unpleasant for you. Someone falls in love with you. You feel nothing. Someone pursues you with his attention. You react annoyed and retreat. Be considerate. Every person has a sphere of personal privacy. Respect it. It may be a… Continue reading Be considerate by H.-J. John

Control your moods and you will achieve contentment by H.-J. John

Are you satisfied with yourself? Are you well in spite of gout, rheumatism, diabetes, and financial problems? Are you well even though you see people everywhere who are more successful or apparently happier than you? Do you enjoy the patter of rain against the window even though your outing with the wheelchair has to be… Continue reading Control your moods and you will achieve contentment by H.-J. John

The meaning of life by H.-J. John

“Why am I alive?” the twenty-eight year old asked me. “You have a purpose,” I answered. “Which one?” “Maybe it is your job to find out,” I answered, serving her a cup of coffee stronger than her doubts in life. © 2011 Hans-Jürgen John

Wheat or what? by H.-J. John

Look out the window! Do you see the birds? They neither sow nor reap, yet they are cared for, people say. We cannot fly. So while sowing, remember that you will reap wheat or hailstones. While sowing, remember that you will reap war or peace. If you have sown hatred you cannot reap peace. If… Continue reading Wheat or what? by H.-J. John

The coffee bill by H.-J. John

Today, calculating is called for. After waking up and the morning toilet, breakfast is within reach. The first coffee, the roll, the cold cuts, the cheese, the jam. Lunch. Afternoon tea, dinner, and before and after some snacks. Added everything up? Now we take five percent of this and wire it to Africa. And tomorrow… Continue reading The coffee bill by H.-J. John

What you are left with by H.-J. John

Look at the time. Have you ever watched a clock? Try to stop it with the power of your thoughts. Look at money. It comes and goes. And if more remains than leaves you, you can be proud, but still you will leave it behind at the end of life. Look at your children. The… Continue reading What you are left with by H.-J. John

Preserve your dreams by H.-J. John

Do you dream of the sea? Do not dream! Do you speak of the mountains? Do not speak! Go there unless you are afraid of water and snow. Go there unless you have no other dreams. © 2011 Hans-Jürgen John

The one… by H.-J. John

She was having relationship problems, the one said this morning on the phone. I asked her where she got my number. She said it was really bad. Her boyfriend was ignoring her. I told her that she was lucky. Some partners are pursued with jealousy, locked in basements or in bathrooms, kissed with burning cigarettes,… Continue reading The one… by H.-J. John

Be direct by H.-J. John

There are highways! What for? To save time in our ever-faster world! Shortcut is the magic word! Only the linear distance is shorter. Be direct! Between us humans, openness and directness have not yet prevailed over politeness and a mistaken sense of consideration. Be direct! How often have we become annoyed when someone talks behind… Continue reading Be direct by H.-J. John