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 morning we will enjoy our coffee twice as much. Want to bet?

© 2011 Hans-Jürgen 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 born and the unborn. They pass along to their children for centuries what you have taught them.

So choose wisely. Do you desire more time and money for yourself? Time does not obey you and money leaves you.
Look at your ancestors. They chose you.

© 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, or abandoned.
I stopped. Silence at the other end.
I apologized. Told her she knew her boyfriend much better. Asked her what he liked, what he didn’t like. I told her to write down her problems.
I recommended she look at them from all angles, as with something she likes a lot that is very important to her.
“Like… ” I hesitated. “Like a painted vase or a statue. First you list everything that is great about your boyfriend. Then everything you dislike. If the negative has been outweighing the positive for a long time, it is worth considering breaking up.
But that would be like building a house and stopping after the foundation. Nonsense, the house of trust is also built with stones from valleys, not just bricks from the hills.
“If you give more weight to the positive, you try to solve the problem.” “It’s that simple?” “Much simpler,” I said and hung up knowing that she would call again – to thank me. Her boyfriend was important enough to her to look for a solution. She did not have to make the detour through me.
© 2011 Hans-Jürgen 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 our back when he could tell us openly what is going on?
Be direct!
Problems arise in a partnership and we let them grow inside of us, even though there are few things that cannot be sorted out with words…
Be direct!
…and be brave. First you will offend; then people who appreciate honesty and openness will support you.
Be direct!

© 2011 Hans-Jürgen John

For the suffering by H.-J. John

Do you feel mistreated?
Do not think about it.
Go forth and imitate the person who treats you poorly.
If he hits you 1,000 times, hit him once.
If he accuses you for years, accuse him once.
If he betrays you constantly, betray him once.
Do you feel better?
Then let him feel that you are well.

© 2011 Hans-Jürgen John

Are you a consumer or a producer? by H.-J. John

Drive to the nearest big city.
Go to the busiest shopping street.
Visit at least three stores with goods that you would like to possess.
Now go back.
At home, sit in your favorite chair. Did you see all those people in the stores? They have wishes and needs, they save money and pay for them.
But where do all these goods come from?
Who has the creative ideas for all these things and continuously refines them?
Where do you see yourself? Would you like to primarily shop or produce? Would you prefer to earn money or spend money?
What do you want? Begin to organize your life according to your goals and desires.

© 2011 Hans-Jürgen John

Be cheerful, friendly and hopeful by H.-J. John

Look out the window. Is it raining?

Nature needs the water.

Is the sun shining? The harvest needs the dryness.

Look inside your heart. There it is the same. Tears let sadness grow.

Sun and kindness transform it into joy and hope.

Cheerfulness, kindness and hope will help you and others through every new day.

© 2011 Hans-Jürgen John

Broadcasting or receiving? by H.-J. John

A wonderful day. And you are right in the middle.
Take a deep breath.
Look in the mirror.
Caress your left forearm.
You feel and see yourself and everything will be fine.
Will you be broadcasting or receiving today? Will you apply yourself and get involved or have an open ear?
Only a few master both. Simultaneously.
© 2011 Hans-Jürgen John

Alone or in a herd? by H.-J. John

Look around and choose wisely.
School, career, family, children?
Do you go with the herd or will you march alone?

Look around and choose wisely.
In the safety and comfort and the dust of the herd you can hardly see the way.
Alone you are lonely and see the herd, the path, and the risks.

© 2011 Hans-Jürgen John