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

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… Continue reading For the suffering by H.-J. 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… Continue reading Are you a consumer or a producer? by H.-J. 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.… Continue reading Be cheerful, friendly and hopeful by H.-J. 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… Continue reading Broadcasting or receiving? by H.-J. 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.… Continue reading Alone or in a herd? by H.-J. John