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Just for Today

I have learned to live for today and not hold on to the past or look to the future for better times.  I first learned this lesson through the medical problems I was experiencing; then when I studied Reiki I learned about the five Reiki principles that are “Just for Today:”   1.  I will not be angry; 2.  I will not worry; 3.  I will be grateful; 4. I will do my work honestly; 5. I will be kind to others.   For me this is a recipe for living in the now, which is important to me.

I do not want to cling to the past, because frankly my past wasn’t all sunshine and flowers.  If I lived in the past I would be negative person who radiates angry and rage.  I  know how I would react, because I used to live in the past and I wasn’t a pleasant person to be around.  I didn’t even want to be around me.

I do not want to look to the future for all my hopes and dreams, because that means I would be waiting for someone or something to rescue me.  Again I know, because I did this for awhile also.  I became resentful, because I would look around and see that everyone, but me was getting what they wanted.  At least that was my frame of mind at the time.  I do not want to envy anyone or be jealous, because it robs me of my future.

I do want to live in the present, in a “For Now” or “Just for Today” frame of mind.  I feel hopeful, joyful and full of sunshine, because I can see the good in my life.  I see people fulfilling their dreams and goals and I think “How awesome is that?”  I do not carry negative emotions – if…no make that when I feel a negative emotion I stop and take care of it.  I turn the negative thought into a positive thought.  For instance “I can’t believe that fool just cut in front of me and now is going 10 miles an hour slower than the speed limit.”  Can you feel the anger in that?  Instead I change it to something like “I am where I need to be, when I need to be at this present moment in time.”  When I look at it this way, I no longer have the anger instead I feel so calm and at peace.  I like this much, much better.

Where do you live: in the past, future or now?

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

Blessings,

Genie

Just for Today, I will…

Life is…

It would be easier to explain what life isn’t rather than what it is.  Life isn’t fair or unfair; nor is it indifferent.  So that leaves life is neutral; life doesn’t pick on people nor does it favor a certain person.  So that leaves me to believe that life isn’t a being.  Life is life.  What you make of life is what you get back.  So now that I think of it life could be a sort of mirror.

Our attitude, believes and actions create the life we have today.   In other words what we did in the past has led us to this moment in time.  We created our present from what we did in the past.  So really life is a reflection of our past errors, triumphs, thoughts, and actions.  Life is a mirror of our own choices.  I like that, because it means that we have control over how our life goes.

What do you think?  Is life a mirror?

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

Blessings,

Genie

Our life reflections our choices

Dream the Impossible

Your attitude pretty much sets up the way your life will go.  For example, if I had the attitude that I would never, ever get better I would still be in a wheelchair.  Worst yet, I would be lying in bed wishing I had the strength to use a wheelchair thinking it is an impossible dream.

Instead the impossible dream I choose to create was based on two facts I knew to my soul were true:  1. I am a beloved child of God; 2.  I am a healthy child of God.   My attitude was and is “it’s just for now” that I feel awful and unhealthy.  I went to bed with the idea: tomorrow, I will wake up and be able to live with joy in my heart, because I am a healthy beloved child of God.

I also did what I could to reclaim my health.  1. Had a support team that consisted of God, my family, friends, doctors and ME.  If I wasn’t part of the support team and I let everyone do for me instead of participating in my own medical choices; then I felt I would have been giving control to others instead of God and me.  Giving away my power to others is not an option.  2.  I followed the medical treatment that was prescribed to me.  There was no sense in spending money on doctor appointments, if I were not going to follow the protocol to wellness.  I didn’t follow blindly, I asked questions, did research and was an active participate in the final decisions.  3.  Prayed daily; on my bad days I prayed hourly.

It was a long slow journey (at least it was to me as I was living it), but I am here today sitting here writing this post with joy in my heart because I am a healthy beloved child of God.   Each night I look forward to tomorrow, because I can’t wait to see what else I can do, how far I can walk and how much joy I can spread.  I created the impossible dream, because I let myself be positive, be hopeful, and be strong until my vision of myself became reality.

What is your impossible dream?  What attitude have you adopted to create this so-called impossible dream?

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

Blessings,

Genie

Bringing to Life the Impossible

I am Grateful

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.

Blessing,

Genie

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I am grateful for the birds in my yard; they are beautiful to look at and wonderful singers.

 

 

Another Day

 

Today’s another day to change what needs changing and to keep doing what needs doing.  Each day, each hour, each moment in time is another chance to change what needs changing.   Isn’t that wonderful?  No matter how far down the wrong path you have managed to go, you and you alone, have the power to change yourself by changing your attitude, your way of thinking, your actions, etc.

The power to change isn’t that a lot of power to have?  No one else on the planet has the power to make you change unless you give them permission.  Even then it’s up to you to keep changing, to keep trying to keep being the best human being you can be.  It’s your decision, your choice, and of course it’s your life.

Today’s another day to make things right, to start something new, to stop doing something that has gotten old, to keep doing what is yours to do.  This moment is the moment you can decide to regroup, evaluate, and choose another path or keep on the one you are on.

Why put it off?  If you don’t like the way something is in your life, then of positive solutions or a positive step you can take to correct what is not quite as it should be.

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The Blame Game

Have you ever notice that some people are so busy playing the blame game, so they are the victim/martyr in the situation instead of looking around to see what they can do to fix the situation?   A prime example of this was the guy who was waiting for me as I came out the bank so he could yell at me for parking so close to him that he couldn’t get into his vehicle.

I took one look at our vehicles and noticed three things:  the parking spot on the other side of him was empty; I parked exactly in the center of my parking space; and that he parked on the edge of his spot on my side.  I quickly realized that he could have opened the passenger door and scooted across the bench seat to the driver’s side very easily and been on his way.  What he choose to do was get ticked off, because he was in a hurry and someone was blocking his way.

Since, I was in no hurry to conduct my business and talked with my banker about this, that and the other thing before I left the building, he had a long wait for my return.  Mr. Victim was so busy pacing back and forth, muttering to himself, getting himself so worked up that he couldn’t see that not only was there not a vehicle on the other side of him, there were no other cars in the parking lot.  He could have come inside and asked me to move so he could get in his pickup.

By the time I approached my car, he was a raving lunatic.   Mr. Victim started huffing, puffing and yelling.  Behavior I’m not used to at all.  I live in a small Southern town where folks are basically kind and polite; this guy was not from around here at all.  He could have let me get in my car and leave; then gone on his way, but no he stopped me so he could rant and rave for several minutes.  It was entirely my fault for parking too close to him and I should have parked somewhere else, because the whole parking lot was empty.  I was keeping him from important business and on and on it went.

When he paused for air, with a polite smile I gently pointed out that if he had parked as he should have he wouldn’t have been trapped.  He looked at his space and did some more huffing and puffing, then he moved away muttering to himself.  While the crazy man was out of my way, I got in my car and left.

All that drama for nothing, he was so over-the-top that was hysterically funny and I had trouble keeping myself from laughing at him.  Is that how I appear to others when I get bent out of shape?  I pray it isn’t so.  Note to self:  I’m in charge of my reactions and my life; no stranger can make or break my day.

How about you, are you letting the world control your emotions?  Can your day be made or broken by a stranger?

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

Many Blessings,

Genie

 

Being Human

Sometimes I am not proud of my behavior.  I work very hard to be positive and to feel joyous, but I have my moments of ugliness and I dip down into the pool of negativity that seems to be everywhere you look.  Notice I said dip not wade, swim or wallow.  I am well aware it is up to me how I react to what is happening around me and to me, but sometimes I slip up and forget.

For those times I am not acting as spiritually involved as I would like be, there is a famous quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin that I try to keep in the front of my mind, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”  When I have a mini meltdown, I usually can clear the ugly residue by acknowledging that I just had a truly human experience just now.  I also hope the spiritual being that is my true self enjoyed that moment or at the very least learned something from it because my human self didn’t.  I usually can laugh at the situation by the time I finish with these words, because wasn’t that funny I had a truly earthy human experience.

Yesterday wasn’t one of my better days spiritually speaking.  Last night I had a mini meltdown because three different freezer drawers fell out when I tried to retrieve something from the freezer of my side-by-side.  I had frozen goods sprawled all over the floor. Once, I had picked up the drawers, I had to finish emptying them, put them back in and reload all the food.  I didn’t curse, but I didn’t bless the situation either.  I lost my temper with my family, because none of my family members who were in the house checked to see if I needed help.  All those containers hitting the floor (luckily not me) made a lot of racket, but no one even called out to ask if I was okay.  It just didn’t sit well with me.

I should have been able to laugh at the situation, because it was just a big comedy.  Think about it. You open the freezer and what seems like half the contents fall to the floor isn’t that just a slap-stick moment?  I certainly should not have yelled at my family.  I should have just asked for help.  I was too busy being human to remember that I am a spiritual being pretending to be human.  I believed my role was my true self.

Maybe I did learn something from the situation after all.

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

Many Blessings,

Genie

Walking in Sunshine

It might be more accurate to say I am Sunshine Walking.  My face aches from smiling so much.  It’s a ridiculously wonderful problem to experience.

I love, love, love to walk especially these days.  I’m still glowing in the bliss of being finished with my wheelchair and am willing to walk anywhere, anytime.  Nothing stops me from walking, not even blisters, sore spots where my shoes rub my feet or grossly swollen feet.

Whether it is cloudy, raining or a gorgeous sunny day, I am walking in sunshine.  I radiate joy.  I’m doing an inner dance of joy to the refrain of “I’m not in a wheelchair!  This is fun!  I’m not in a wheelchair!  Look at me go, I’m having fun, fun, fun!”

I spend my days walking and my nights soaking my feet so I can go again tomorrow.

Are you walking in sunshine?  If not, why not make some changes in your life so you can join me and be a radiant force for good.

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

Many Blessings,

Genie

Genie aka Sunshine Walking

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.

I Am

In my opinion the most powerful statement you can say about yourself always begins with “I Am.”  Without thinking about it, these two words are used carelessly every day by most people and not necessarily for their own positive good.   This phrase is so powerful that it can call into reality what is said after the words “I am.”

If you want to change your world, a powerful tool would be to start with this powerful phrase.  For instance, instead of saying “I am sick and tired” how about “I am whole” or “I am a healthy child of God” or “I am having a wonderful day; it wore me out, but all is well.”  I could go on and on with alternative “I am” statements, but I’m sure you have gotten the point by now.

Some of my personal favorite “I am” statements are:

“I am a radiant positive force for good.”

“I am a healer.”

“I am a spiritual writer.”

“I am a catalyst for positive transformation.”

“I am a healthy, wealthy and wise child of God.”

“I am joyful.”

“I am happy.”

How do you use the phrase “I am?”  How can you use “I am” to your advantage, rather than using it to express a negative thought about yourself?  Write down as many positive “I am” statements about yourself as you can; feel free to borrow some of my “I am” statements.  Remember, these “I Am” statements can include what you want to be rather than how you are showing up today.  Put your “I Am” list where you can see it so you can focus on bringing all your positive “I Am” statements to life.

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

Many Blessings,

Genie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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