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What Tickles Me

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!



Meet the robin, who is my spiritual teacher

Some of the things that tickle me

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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!



Just for Today, I will…

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!



Bringing to Life the Impossible

Discovering I Am

For a while there I was a wanna writer, energy healer, gardener, photographer, teacher, student, etc.  Everything was wanna be.  Then I realized that wanna be wasn’t good enough, I was gonna be.  For a while that worked for me, because I was gonna be all those things I listed before and more.  Then I realized that I am a writer; I am an energy healer; I am a gardener; I am a photographer ; I am a teacher ; I am a student ; I Am!

How freeing is that?  I am all the things I wanted to be, that I was gonna be sometime in the future.  The future is shaped today; something I forgot for a little while, but I’m back on track now.

I am! I am! I am!  I love saying those words over and over again.  Just saying “I am” over and over again causes a wonderful vibration to build up in my chest.  It sounds like I’m chanting and maybe I am.  All I know is repeating “I am” over and over again seems to reset me back to a place of peace.

If you are up to it, please give it a try.  I would love to know what results you have when you repeat “I am.”

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




While I Was Resting

The last couple days have been physically tough ones, due to a two-hour stint in a metal folding chair and of course pushing myself to walk, walk, walk.  While I was resting aka recovering I noticed that my stats clicked over the 1,000 mark in the total number of views.  This makes my heart sing!  Thank you so much for coming by and checking out my blog.

Comments are wonderful, please keep them coming.  I have just over 100 comments on my 31 posts; this one will be 32.  Woo-hoo!   I’m doing a little dance while I sit here with my feet soaking in ice water, because this just tickles me that not only do I have readers, I have readers from around the world, who are willing to stop by and chat.  Awesome!

I’m also happy with myself.   When I started this blog, my goal was to post no more than once a day.  I have been able to do this except the one day, when I was so happy and feeling so good that I couldn’t focus.   Notice that my goal is more of a “get to” than a “have to” feeling behind it.  I feel it is easier to meet goals if I feel like I get to do something rather than I have to do it.

I am grateful for having readers, followers and commenters.   I hope you felt the joy I feel when I wrote each post and that you were able to take in the joy and spread it among those you know.    I feel joy expands as it spreads.

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



Same angel statue – just different lighting.

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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.



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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.

I’m interested in you and what you are thinking, please take a moment to do the poll below.


Life Goals

Having declared your resolutions is a key ingredient in maintaining your life goals.  As I am working to grow spiritually, be a positive force for good and of course, be known as a Happiness Expert; I have set goals to light the way.   I believe Goals are wonderful tools to use to keep you moving and headed in the right direction while you are traveling on your spiritual path.  Without goals you are wandering around in the dark looking for The Right Thing To Do.

I write my goals down so that when I am contemplating whether I should do something  I can scan my goals to see if this new idea/event/person, etc. fits into my goals.  If it does then let’s do it; if not, let’s it go.  When writing my goals, I leave space to the left of each statement so I can check that goal off as I met it.  It really feels good to look down the list and see items marked off.

While writing my goals, I keep in mind the short and long-term goals.  For example, I have as one of my goals:  I will walk all the trails in the Tennessee State Park System.  That’s nice and all, but a little overly ambitious maybe?  I find that breaking down the goal into smaller goals makes it easier to meet the main goal.  It would be too easy to be overwhelmed if the only goal I had, was to walk every trail; especially since I have only been out of a wheelchair a little over a month now.

So now, my goals are:


.5 mile in a swimming pool
1 mile in a swimming pool
5 miles in a swimming pool
the Discovery Center’s Wetland’s trail  (3/4th of a mile)
the Discovery Center’s Wetland’s trail two times at once
the Discovery Center’s Wetland’s trail  three times at once
the Greenway for 3 miles
the Greenway one way (5 miles)
the Greenway roundtrip
the Barfield Crescent Park trails
Old Stone Fort State Park
Bledsoe Creek State Park
Radnor Lake State Park
Centennial Mall State Park
Davy Crockett State Park
Montgomery Bell State Park
Long Hunter State Park
Dunbar Cave State Park
Cedars of Lebanon State Park
Port Royal State Park
…rest of the state parks
Then there is the federal parks  in Tennessee to conquer 😉

Do you have a strong enough will to take that first step, then the next, then the next, etc. until you reach that final step?

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

Many Blessings,


p.s. If you want to learn more about the Tennessee State Park hiking trails visit:

Each goal can be reached, one step at a time.

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,


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 aka Sunshine Walking

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