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What Would You Do?

What if you were suddenly to become independently wealthy five minutes from now, what would you do with the money? Would you keep your job?  Would you move to another home?  Tithe to your church? Donate a bunch of money to your local community/charities? Put it all in a savings account to save it for a rainy day?  Invest the money?  Share it with friends/family?  Blow the money? Would you travel?  Go on a shopping spree?   In other words would you make major changes in your life or minor ones that would tweak the life you have already.  Please take a moment to think about your answer before reading the rest of this blog.

I’ve been pondering this question for twenty years or more.  At first, I was all about quitting my job, moving somewhere else, traveling and spending, spending, spending; thus making huge changes in my life and lifestyle. As I grew more mature physically, mentally and spiritually my answer slowly changed as I changed.  Now days, I would tithe; give back to the community in the form of donations, my time and energy; pay off my mortgage, pave my driveway; have some work done on my home like new floors, put in a walk-in shower; and create trust funds for the important people in my life.

Basically, over the years I have created the life I wanted to have so I do not have the need nor want to make huge major changes.  What about you?  Have you created the life you want to lead? If you want to make major changes then you are probably dissatisfied with your life.  What are you doing to change what’s going on?  I know money makes it easier to make changes, but you can change your life one step at a time.

I’m not a wealthy woman, but I own my home (well, I own more of it than the bank does), the only debt I have is my mortgage, I created an atmosphere of peace inside my home, I turned my yard full of grass into 90% gardens with pathways between each garden area, I have made the subtle changes inside my home so it suits my needs better, I own my car,  I have a job I love, where I am appreciated, found the right and perfect church home for me; donate to local community needs and I am surrounded by family and friends who care about me.  I did this a little at a time and at times it felt like I would never ever reach my goals, but I finally did.  Due to my inability to give up, I have my life situated as I wanted it to be years again.

Only interested in tweaking what you already have going on? Congratulations!  If you aren’t interested in major changes then most likely you are happy with your life as it is.  Keep being a positive force for good.

For those of you who had major changes in mind, are you willing to make some changes in your life?  Do you have the stamina and will to follow through until your life is as it should be?  If you answered yes, then do something different today.  Why put it off.  Why different?  If you aren’t happy with your life as it is, then you need to make some changes to get a different result.

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

Many Blessings,

Genie

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

The Health Talk

I figure it is about time we talked about what being healthy really means.  I would like you to pause a moment and think about the definition of health.  What does being healthy mean to you?  Fill in the blank:  Being healthy for me, means that I can ______.   Write or type your statement then please read further.

We need to acknowledge that everyone is on a different path is this life; no matter how much it looks like the guy next door is on the same path as you, there is something unique to each of you that the other may not know.   Someone who has been free of disease their whole life will have a radically different point of view than a disabled person who struggling with diseases and/or disorders.  Also keep in mind that not everyone on this planet is here to experience the ideal health situation according to the mainstream view of health.

Being disabled for many years, more than I care to remember, changed my idea of what exactly does it mean to be healthy.  For example, in my article “Fading Away” (http://voices.yahoo.com/fading-away-524741.html?cat=5) that I wrote in 2007 as Genie Walker,  on this topic: “For me healthy is: getting up in the morning and getting on with my day without having to notice the effort it takes to actually get out of bed.”  If you want to know more about my past, please click on the hyperlink above.  Today, my idea of being healthy is walking up and down the four flights of stairs at work, just because I can.   At this point, I can only do two flights of stairs with a few rest breaks and lot of sweating.

Now, take a look at your health statement.  Do you still agree with it?  Do you need to make some adjustments?  Whether you keep your original health statement or you make adjustments, post it somewhere where you will see it each day.  If you are already healthy, your statement will be a positive affirmation; if you are not there yet, use your statement as a goal to attain.  Remember to stay positive.

I would love it, if you would share your health statements with me.  If you don’t want to make a public comment, send me a private email at geniespeaks (at) gmail (dot) com.

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

Many Blessings,

Genie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am the photographer of all the photos I post here.

Adds Up

I believe there is more than one aspect to being healthy.  I wanted to share my path to healthiness in hopes my story will help someone else find health.  Until last month, I was in a wheelchair. This month I’m walking and smiling; smiling and walking.

For me attitude is everything!  I KNOW I am healed because all things are possible with God.   Being positive is a necessary ingredient and you need to never ever  give up.  When I was in grade school, I read everything I could get my hands on. Certain tales from history stuck with me and help form my attitude.  I read nonfiction stories about pioneers dying a few feet from their home, because they couldn’t see it in the blizzard so they didn’t know how close they were.  I also read that a lot folks in the old American West died of thirst, just a few feet from a watering hole.  Those people died, because they gave up. I don’t know how to give up.  Even playing a board game, I will not stop playing, because it looks like I’m losing.  I don’t stop playing until I have totally lost the game, not before.  Then I will demand a rematch.  I do not give up.

Having a strong spiritual life is important. If you don’t know deep down to your soul that miracles happen and will happen to you; your mind may reject the healing. If you start feeling better and are able to do something you haven’t done in years, do not tell yourself or anyone else “I can’t believe it.”  That’s a one way ticket back to where you were.  Instead, tell yourself and anyone who will listen, how great God is today, yesterday, and tomorrow.  Expect more miracles. Be a believer.

Have an exercise program; I despised exercise until recently.  My attitude is different, now that I’m not in a wheelchair.  Exercise is fun; anything I do is fun because I’m not in a wheelchair. Starting Saturday, I’ll be doing water aerobics in addition to all the walking I’m doing.  My face is getting a workout also, because I can’t stop grinning.  Inside I’m doing a dance, chanting “I’m not in a wheelchair, woohoo!”

Don’t let anyone set limits on you.  I’ve lost count of the number of people, who have told me that I got rid of my wheelchair too quickly.   That I should use a walker or a cane; that I should rest more, and worst yet “Don’t push so hard. Take it easy.”  I’m not listening to any of these people.   The only thing that slows me down is blisters on the bottoms of my feet; blisters from walking so much.

Another thing to keep in mind, the old saying “You are what you eat” is so true.  I eat as healthy as I possibly can; using organic foods, staying away from processed food and drinking water or juice.  Tonight, I got a reminder that the food choices you make can determine your mood, energy level and ability to think clearly.  I tried a new food product that I purchased from the health food section.  I was careless and didn’t read the label, so I really didn’t know what I bought.  Tonight, I ate the so-called healthy food and within 30 minutes of my meal, I lost my joyous attitude, my connection to God felt weak, I lost the ability to think clearly (I’ve been working on this blog for hours; it usually doesn’t take this long), my energy levels are weak and I feel like tearing someone’s head off.  I hope my body rejects this toxic poison out of my system so I can go back to being glowing with happiness and feeling joyful to the core of my being.

All these steps were part of the whole that led to my healing.  We are all on a different path and have different need, but I believe I have given a basic outline that will add up to anyone being able to be healed.

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

Many Blessings,

Genie

p.s.  I woke up the next morning feeling that today is a wonderful day.  Its awesome to feel joyous.

Happiness Expert

Can you imagine getting a college degree and/or certification to earn the title “Happiness Expert?”  I really think this would be the ultimate job title.  I would love to be thought of as a Happiness Expert.

I feel so much joy today and every day; so much so that happiness radiates off me like a shining beacon.  I love sharing my happiness and letting folks know how wonderful life is now.  I have worked very hard to achieve this status and I intend to work even harder to keep myself happy down to my soul level.

I truly and whole heartily believe that the first key to finding happiness is to understand that you and you alone can make yourself happy.  No amount of material goods or money will bring you happiness. Being wealthy doesn’t mean you cannot be happy; it just means that something other than wealth created the happiness. Your family and friends, no matter how well-meaning they are, cannot gift you with happiness.  You and only you can manifest happiness within yourself.

No amount of outside influence will change the status of your happiness.  Being truly happy  doesn’t mean the world around you suddenly becomes a bed of roses.  No, you still have to deal with what life throw at you.  If you are truly happy, from head to toe and deep down to your soul, nothing in this world can destroy your happiness.

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

Many Blessings,

Genie

For Real

I enjoy looking for the good in people and noticing their potential.  Deliberately noticing the positive doesn’t mean I’m blind to the negative.  In fact, I’m hypersensitive to negativity; I just refuse to take it in as part of my reality.  If you like living in a world of negativity, hopelessness and just plain unhappiness; just know that you are seeking to be misery on purpose. If that’s what you want, go ahead and wallow in it. Me, I going to enjoy life, notice the good in others and be a positive force for good; on purpose.

I’ve lived in both of these realities: the negative and positive.  When I was wallowing in being a pessimistic, I was quite skilled at distrusting what life had to offer and made sure that others noticed too.  That cliché, “misery loves company” was true in my case.   I truly was a mean person, who used her wit and sarcasm skills to create more misery.  I truly hope those I harmed were not so damaged by my behavior that they have not been able forgive me.

There was a day, when I realized that what I was doing wasn’t working for me, so I worked very hard to change my reality.  It was slow and frustrating process, but I was able to do it.  I even remember the first time I had an optimistic thought float through my brain; I was so shocked that I actually looked around to see who said that.

In my current reality, I am a strong and positive force for good.  I radiant happiness, because I see so much joy in the world and in myself, which in turn gives me the chance of brighten someone’s day rather than tear it down.  

No matter which reality you choice to own, you attract more and more of it into your life.  I choose to see your potential and assist you in seeing it for yourself.  I choose to be happy and to feel joyous, because every day is a great day.  What is your reality?

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

Many Blessings,

Genie

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