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Place of Peace

Everyone should have a place of peace, where they can go to find balance and reset their systems back to where everything feels right in their world.  It can be as simple as a corner of your home that is yours and when you are in that spot your friends and family know that’s your place of peace and it is sacred.  If you do not have an extra room or the space to have a corner in your home, then look in your yard for a spot or perhaps take a few minutes to sit anywhere and meditate and enjoy the moment.  Before I had my back porch I used to sit in my car in the parking lot at work for a few minutes each day before starting my day.  Just take that moment of peace wherever and whenever you can.

Please, do not use your place of peace as a place where-nobody-can-bother-me so I can pretend they do not exist.   Your place of peace is to remind you that all is right in your world thus you can handle anything and everything life has to throw at you.

My place of peace is my back porch and my time of peace is the early morning; this is where I sit and eat my breakfast while the dawn breaks.  It is also where I set up my laptop and write.  I love this morning ritual; it is a foundation where I can build myself up to have an awesome day no matter what happens.  Sometimes my mother comes out and talks to me while I’m having my early morning ritual in my place of peace; I truly enjoy her company when she joins me.  I’m in my place of peace so all is right in my world and I want to share this wonderful feeling with her.

Please, tell me about your place of peace.

Life is good!  God is great! All is right in my world.

Many Blessings,

Genie

 

View of my backyard from my porch, dawn hasn't arrived yet.

The outside light shines on the backyard, highlighting my breakfast.

Today is the Day!

I’ve started my day off by sitting on my back porch.  I love to listen to the birds and be a witness to the sun coming up and seeing the flowers clearly for the first time that morning.  I missed coming out here the last two days, because it was too cold to sit out here.  Bundled up in my longest, warmest winter coat and I have learned that it isn’t too cold.  Though I must admit that I’m already making plans to wrap myself in one of my mama’s beautiful quilts and wear gloves in addition to the coat tomorrow if the weather is still cold.

I wrote the first paragraph early this morning, before I went off to work.  I expected to have an awesome day and be able to beam positive energy as I normally do.  Sigh, best laid plans and all that… I had an 8:20 doctor’s appointment and since it was so early, I thought I would actually have a shot at getting to work at a reasonable time.  Nope, between waiting for a long while just to be seen and the super low (49) blood sugar test result, I was kept there most of the morning.

I finally got to work and thought; now my day is back on track.  Not so much.  I ended up leaving work after two and half hours, because human bodies are just not designed to have severe blood sugar swings as the ones I was experiencing.  Usually, I just suck it up and push myself to keep going until the end of the day.  Today, I decided to be nice to myself.  I went home and took a three-hour nap.

That did it, now I’m back on my path of being a radiant positive force for good.  I fixed a fruit salad and tuna salad for supper tonight.  I had six different fruits, chopped up:  apple, pear, (a fruit that is a cross between an orange and a tangerine – forgot its name), mango, strawberries, and white grapes.  It was so good!  I also diced up a bunch of different veggies to go in my salad:  cauliflower, cucumber, tomato, celery, radish, green pepper, and yellow pepper.  What an excellent meal.  I like to chop and dice fruits and veggies; it makes it look like you are eating more than you are.

The lesson I learned today, sometimes it isn’t about pushing yourself to keep going; sometimes it is about taking care of yourself so you can keep going.  I’m no longer singing the blues; no I’m singing a song from a Disney movie “South of the South.”

“Zippity doo dah, Zippity yay,
My oh my what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine coming my way,
Zippity doo dah, Zippity yay.”

Life is good!  God is great! All is right in my world.

Many Blessings,

Genie

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Flowers from my backyard.  I took the photographs April 24th 2012 just after dawn so the dew is still on the petals.

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The Blues

Everyone is capable of getting the blues; it’s what you do about it that matters. I refuse to wallow in the blues, but I do have moments of self-doubt, the “what now” response, and negativity.  I had one of those days today.  It was rough going, but I got myself out of the land of negativity and found my true path where I have a place of peace.

Having a positive attitude no matter what is going on is not easy.   A person needs to have the ability to remember who they truly are: a spiritual being having a human experience.  Today, I had a truly human experience and had to work hard to retain my usual joyful demeanor.

There wasn’t an event that made me flip from being happy and joyous to being grumpy and distressed.  I just woke up moving slow, then it was too cold to eat outside and that just bummed me out.  I let it affect my mood.  All day long, little things that normally don’t bother me really kept me feeling down.  I finally took a brief break and walked outside for 15 minutes.  While I was outside I admired the birds and their music, the gorgeousness of the trees, plants and flowers and the cool breeze.  This small act of walking around on my break totally reset my mood so that I was once again my radiant, positive force for good self.

Being a positive being while in human form is not for wimps; you need to have the fortitude to keep striving to be positive even when the blues try to take over.  And the blues will try to take over.  When it would be easier to allow the blues to take over, remember the old cliché “This too shall pass” is true.

Life is good! God is great! All is right in my world.

Many Blessings,

Genie

Since today was especially hard, I’m including extra photos of flowers from my garden.  I took these particular photos on April 22, 2012.

Earth Day 2012

This afternoon I went to a local city park that has a wetlands area and enjoyed myself. This is my first official walk in a park since I stopped needing a wheelchair.  The trail is three-quarters of a mile with an option to cut the walk in half; which is what I did.  I had my camera, lunch, good mood, huge smile and am sparkling with good health.  I had a wonderful time.  Below are photos I took today on my walk. (I went to the Discovery Center’s Wetlands located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee – their website:  http://www.discoverycenteronline.org/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took all the photos except this last one of me; a friendly park goer took this photo of me so I could share with you.   I’m so busy looking at a bird, I forgot to look into the camera.

I had a wonderful Earth Day, how about you?  What did you do today to celebrate Earth Day?

Life is good!  God is great! All is right in my world.

Many Blessings,

Genie

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