I’m limiting myself to the first ten things that come to mind that just tickle me; otherwise this will turn into a book.
1. My mother tickles me often. For example, she doesn’t like to ask for help – ever. When she fills up the wheelbarrow while gardening, it is too heavy for her to carry it to the road for pickup. Instead, of asking me to empty the wheelbarrow, she will leave the full wheelbarrow in front of the flowers I like to take photos of while having my breakfast on the back porch. Then she has gets a smirk on her face when she sees that I have emptied the wheelbarrow. That tickles me, because I would empty it anytime for her, but she gets so much pleasure from leaving the wheelbarrow in my way.
2. My sister also tickles me with some of the things she says. For instance, if I ask her if she knows about “x”; she will tell me “I do now” instead of “No.” Or she will say something like “I didn’t know I lost it, until I found it.”
3. My godsons tickle me. I’ve trained them since birth to hug me when we meet and when it’s time to say goodbye. The oldest is 12, the age when boys do not hug anymore. He hugs me! That tickles me. The youngest is 7 and last week he came up out of the blue and gave me a long hug. That really tickles me.
4. My yard tickles me. With a lot of sweat, energy and time, my mother and I have made it an extremely peaceful place to be. I enjoy going out each day, walking around to discover what is blooming today. To see a slideshow of my garden, see my post Sneak Peek at Genie’s Yard. If you are interested, I wrote in 2008 an article called Life Lessons from the Garden.
5. It tickles me that every being that crosses my path is a potential spiritual teacher. Right now, the robins in my yard are teaching me so much about patience, learn to just be and knowing that others should not stop their progress on their path to suit me (see my post Bird Speak).
6. It tickles me to see white fluffy clouds, because it reminds me of when I was a little girl. Way back then, I would spread out on the grass in my backyard and watch the clouds. I would enjoy figuring out what shape the clouds formed. I believe this the first form of meditation I practiced.
7. Writing tickles me; when I write I feel so much joy. I hope that am able to spread that joy to my readers.
8. Y’all are probably tired me of writing about this, but I have to write it at least one more time: walking tickles me. I love being able to walk. If you are reading this for the first time, then my post Walking in Sunshine will explain all.
9. Seeing the four flights of stairs at work tickles me, because I can walk up two flights of those stairs and I know I will be able to walk up all four flights before long.
10. As a Reiki Master III, I conduct classes about Reiki (I am in the process of developing other class topics). When I am teaching it tickles me to see when one of my students gets IT. The wonder and joy radiating from them just makes me happy.
What tickles you?
Life is good! God is great! All is right in my world!
Some of the things that tickle me
As I sit here writing this post my feet are in a bucket of ice water, because they are so swollen from walking – I am grateful. I am so grateful I can walk. I am grateful that I am finished with using a wheelchair. I am grateful that I had a wheelchair when I needed it. It was such a blessing; recently, I passed that blessing on to someone else. I am grateful for being in the position to bless another.
No matter the situation I find myself in, I look for the blessing in it. Sometimes I do not understand why something has happened, but I do know there is a reason and that reason is a blessing. I am grateful for the ability to find the blessings and/or have the knowledge that there is a blessing in this even when I cannot see it.
When I’m having a hard day, I stop and quickly write down what I’m grateful for that day. I always number the list, because it makes me happy to have a count of my blessings. I usually use a small piece of scratch paper, then fold it up and place it in my pocket. Throughout the day, I pull out my gratitude list and read it. It always makes me feel better.
Have you counted your blessings lately? What are you grateful for this day?
Life is good! God is great! All is well in my world.
Today my will is saying “Go, go, go! Walk some more!” My feet are saying, “Rest, rest, rest! We need some relief!” My brain is siding with my feet – for now. So today instead of writing a blog post, I’m sharing photos I took in my yard yesterday morning. I hope my photos bring you at least half the peace my yard brings me.
Life is good! God is great! All is right in my world!
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.
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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