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Better than I was Yesterday

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




Choosing Happiness

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



How to be Happy – Genie’s Way

It’s been a rocky journey with a lot of wrong turns and dead ends, but I finally have found the path to happiness or least my path to happiness.  Here is a list of my happiness secrets  – the ones I can remember:

1. Do random acts of kindness.

2. Love yourself

3. Surround yourself with loved ones

4. Be grateful for what you had, what you have and what you will receive

5. Spend quality time with your family and friends

6. Spend quality time with yourself

7. Be of service aka volunteer to help someone or an organization

8. Do something you are passionate about i.e. hobby, travel, project, job etc.

9. Forgive everyone including your self

10. Value what you have

11. Compare yourself of today to past self, not to anyone else

12. Respect everyone even those folks you do not understand

13. Get plenty of sleep

14. Have an active spiritual life

15. Know that happiness comes from within – no one or no material good can make you happy

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



Be Yourself!

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



I Am Blessed!

I have so many blessings currently flowing in my life throughout my daily routine.  I am blessed by the people in my life: those I meet face-to-face and those I meet online each day.  Being able to love so many people and feel that love returned is wonderful.  I am blessed. It is a huge blessing to both give and receive these positive affirmations each day.

Finished with the wheelchair, because I can walk again is a huge blessing.  The blisters I earned walking up and down the stairs are a blessing, despite the discomfort I endured.  The feeling that someone is caning the bottoms of my feet, because I walked so far is a blessing.  When I walk even farther my ankles feel like somebody hit me with a tire iron; it’s a blessing.

Are you asking yourself why?  Or do you already know the answer:  It doesn’t matter how many blisters, aches and pains I collect; I am blessed.  It’s such a huge blessing that I am walking that any side effects are just white noise.  Get out of my way – I’m not stopping now that I’m walking.

I am blessed, because I know that everything happens for a good reason.  I am blessed, because I know it’s all good.

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

Many Blessings,


Working for God

It’s occurred to me over the years that working for God doesn’t mean you have to be a religious leader.  I believe that when you are living life with love in your heart, you are working for God.

It doesn’t matter if you are a Writer, Artist, Reiki Master, Custodian, Pilot, Firefighter, Librarian, Teacher, Secretary, Clerk, Cashier, President, Spouse, Parent, Bus Driver, Truck Driver, Factory Worker, Designer, Student, Photographer, Actor, Computer Guru, Manager, Nurse, Doctor, Engineer, etc. as long as you have love in your heart for God, us humans and all beings; then you are working for God.

How do you know if you are truly working for God?  Do you feel a sense of peace from head to toe and deep down to your soul? When you are on the way to work are you thinking how happy you are and how much you are looking forward to being of service today?

If you are not feeling IT, and you are thinking on the way to work how much you are dreading today. Do not worry not all is lost.  You do not have to change jobs. You can if you must, but it isn’t necessary; just change your attitude.  The same job you are tolerating and just doing to get a paycheck can become working for God.  It all starts with your own personal feelings.

Find something you like about your job.  First on the list could be that you receive money for just showing up and being there.  A paycheck, that’s something to be grateful for. Then look at your coworkers, find something about each one of them that you like. Even the co-worker you just cannot stand has something about them that is good.  Perhaps at this point the only good you can see, is that they are stubborn no make that determined.

I know this works, because I have used it in my own life.   If you have other tips we can use, I would love to know.  Please share your wisdom and leave a comment.

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




I have work diligently for over a decade to forgive those who have hurt me in the past whether it was real or an imagined hurt.  Every time I think “I have forgiven X,” I find later on that I truly have not.

I believe this is a huge flaw in me and I wish whole hearty to forgive.  My mind knows that Buddha was right when he said “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

I truly know that I am hurting myself by not truly forgiving everyone.  There is something inside of me that will not let go completely.   I know that I am holding myself back from experiencing that best me I can be.   I do believe what Paul Boese said “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

So what do I need to do to let go of that final piece of imagined hurt?  I’ve been pondering that for years, then today on Facebook someone posted this quote by Orpah, “True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”  Wow, that is an eye opener.

So how come I’m not rushing to say “Thank you” to X?  ­­­At this point I can say the words, but I don’t truly do not feel thankful.  I just had a thought; I should do what­­­ I’ve been doing since I started on my spiritual journey: pretend until it becomes reality.  Or in other words: visualize the possibility, because I know everything created began with a thought.

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



Perspectives – what’s really going on?

Awhile ago I played with a photo of one my day lilies; each time I used a different filter on Photoshop I thought of how reality is really the beholder’s perception that is filtered through emotions, experiences, and degree of self awareness. I have had various experiences in my life where I have let my situation dedicate my perception of reality.

For instance I would be looking too close so that I could not see the whole picture or be so far away I could not see clearly enough.

Both perspectives may be good in the short run, but a lifetime of not being able to see all the facts or seeing too many facts can have me feeling overwhelmed.  All because I didn’t allow myself see a perceptive where I could see the situation close enough to enjoy it without it being the only thing I could see.  Or I would look so far into the future I could not see what was going on here and now.

Or my thoughts would be so tangled up that everything is all jumbled up.

I could see all the pieces, but I just could not put them together in the right order. This is a truly frustrating place to be.

Or my perception of reality would be so twisted up that nothing was recognizable and it seemed that nothing will be right again.  How depressing.

But then it could get so bad that my perception is so distorted that nothing was what is truly was it was just a mess that led to feeling hopeless.

Sometimes, I felt separated from everyone as though there is was piece of frosted glass between me and the world.

I was feeling as though everyone knew the rules of life, but they wouldn’t share with me.  A lonely place to be.

There have been times when I hurt so bad that I felt outside my own body; not able to feel as though my spirit and body were not truly intertwined.

When I let myself do this, I am disconnecting from God.  Not a fun place to be.

Then there were the times my perception distorted reality just enough that I tricked myself into believe this is the real world.

Life was just mean enough to bend me out of shape a bit, but not enough to let me forget my basic essence.  Of course I know life isn’t mean, it just seemed that way for awhile.

I like my perception I have today.

I see clearly enough to know who I am and why I’m on this earth.  I see clearly enough to see my next step on my path, but not enough to see what all is coming next. I would be tempted to jump too far ahead if I truly knew what was coming next.

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



I Choose

Each day we make choices about our thoughts, which affect our feelings, attitudes and behavior.   Consciously or subconsciously we are constantly making choices about our actions or reactions to our world. I believe we need to stop and think about what we are choosing and why.  If you are not aware of how your thoughts that are affecting your choices; a good place to start is with your actions and reactions.

What is your automatic reaction to adverse conditions?  Do you react in a positive or negative manner; or are you neutral?   If you don’t know, I have a few questions for you:  How would you react if you dropped a full egg carton in your freshly cleaned kitchen and all 12 of the eggs splattered everywhere (on the floor, cabinets, stove, chairs, table, etc.)?    Would you calmly clean up the mess and go on with your day?  Would you rant and rave until you got it out of your system?  Then would you clean up the mess and tell everyone you meet what a rotten day you are having or would you let it go?  Or is your reaction something else?

I picked this example, because it happened to me about thirty years ago and I just looked at the mess a bit stunned, sighed, then cleaned it up and went on being happy.  I haven’t managed to drop a full dozen since then, but I have dropped an egg or two since.  My reaction changed as I changed.  There was a time or two (that’s all I feel like admitting to at this point) when I was so angry about other things in my life that I let myself become frustrated about dropping the eggs and I let it set the tone for the day.  It was further proof that the world didn’t like me much.  Crazy thinking, but that was where I was then. Looking back I prefer my original reaction.  My day was peaceful; because I didn’t take one small incident and exaggerate it to the point that I let it ruined my whole day.

“I let” is the answer to choosing how I react.  I let myself choose to remain happy, no matter what happens.  I’m admit at times I still let myself pout a bit, until I realize what I’m doing then I consciously choose to be happy and have a peaceful day.

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



How My Mind Works

I’ve been asked how I find the good in negative events.  Well, sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s a huge challenge, but eventually I get there.  I thought I would write my thought process on a minor negative event in my life – hey, I’m not going out there to look for a major one to write about.

The temperature is in the mid-90s where I live and summer is nearly a month away.  I do not want to think about the coming summer’s temperature.  Wait I’m already off topic.

I found out the other day that my car’s air conditioner isn’t up to the job of even pretending it’s going to keep me cool.  It was mid-afternoon, the temperature is 94 degrees and it probably will get higher before the day is over.  I needed to go somewhere that is a 15 minute drive away.  Okay, I’m the queen of finding the good in everything.  What’s the good in this?

Hmmm.  I have a nice pink glow happening here and I really look good in pink.  Okay, I’m laughing at myself now; I’m on the right track.  What else?  I’m sweating off at least a pound or two as I drive from here to there and back again.  Sweat releases toxins from the body so I’m going to be really healthy by the end of the day.

That’s not quite enough what else can I think of?  I have a working car that’s beautiful – red.  My car works, so I don’t have to walk or bum a ride.  It’s okay I don’t have the money to fix the air conditioner, because all the Saturn dealerships are closed so there is nowhere to take my car to get it fixed. I’m counting that as a plus.

Let’s see what else?  The humidity is high enough to cause me to have breathing issues, but I have a car to take me to the medical clinic when I need to go.  The folks at the medical clinic are wonderful and seem to be happy to see me.  Then there is the bonus they know what they are doing and they care.

What bonuses can I find about the weather?  There is a possibility that I will be able to grow my own tropical fruit trees if the climate stays this warm each year.  I’m thinking mango trees to grow with peach trees to make my favorite blended juice.  I had to stop and find out if mangoes grow on trees.  I’m thankful for the internet – I got an instant answer “Yes, mangoes grow on trees.”

By the time I got to the medical clinic I was hyperventilating, so before my butt got comfortable in the waiting room chair, I was called back.  See, they care about me here.  I scared the receptionist and she got the medical staff busy.

I should tell you that this is the place where I was given a prescription for a wheelchair nearly two years ago.  Everyone there is excited to see me walking.    Let me stop and tell you that I was having trouble breathing, because of allergies – so nothing really serious going on.  A couple of prescriptions and I was good to go.  I got to talking to update them on my life, basically bragging about myself.  I showed the nurse my new Reiki business card.  She said she would keep it so she could recommend me to her patients.  So I dug out of my purse all the business cards I had and gave them to her.  Do I really need to explain the great positive there?

So that’s how I think. This is how I get from being in a negative moment to being a living breathing positive force for good.  I think it would work for anyone.  Do you?

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



I already know will have to grow enough fruit trees to share

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