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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


A Smile

It doesn’t take much effort, nor does it have to cost money to give someone the kindness of a smile.  You just don’t know what a difference, your smile may make in changing someone’s perception for the better.  They may no longer feel alone in the world because you took a nanosecond to smile.  GinaV’s post Just a Smile   illustrates this point, she  by a stranger’s smile.  That smile didn’t take much time or effort on the part of the stranger, but it made a huge impact.  You can do the same.

I live in the United States in the South where we Southerners have the tradition of greeting each person we meet with a smile.   When I was a little girl it was commonplace, but in the last couple of decades we have so many people from other areas moving here, who do not have this tradition.  So the smile and greeting isn’t as commonplace as it once was, but it happens enough.   If people understood the impact a smile can have on another, I believe there would be even more folks out there smiling.  Personally, I’m going to continue to smile and greet each person.  Even if I never know the positive impact, my smile makes for someone else, it makes me happy and that’s enough.

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



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…

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.



Our life reflections our choices


I believe it is important to stay connected to the people in our lives, whether they are a loved one, a co-worker, or a stranger.  I genuinely like people and am interested in their lives, so when I’m waiting in line for the doors to open or waiting at the doctor’s office for my turn or to get to the cash register, I talk to the people around me.  Not everyone appreciates my efforts, but that doesn’t matter.  I reached out to make a connection that to me is the important issue.  How many times today, did you reach out to someone?

I find it disturbing to see someone in a group or with their family spending their entire time on their cell phone, instead of talking to the people, who took the time to be with them especially if there are kids.  Each time I see this, I pray that those kids are getting one on one time with the adults in their lives at some point.   I can imagine the feeling of disconnect a child must feel when they are ignored or told to shush, because the adult they are with found someone more important  to interact with in that moment that should have been theirs.  Just because you have a cell phone doesn’t mean you have to use it.

I challenge you

1.  to make at least one connection with a stranger today

2.  to have several person-to-person conversations today without checking your cell phone

3.  and if you have children…to turn off your phone for at least 30 minutes to have an interrupted time to connect with your children.

I’ve been pondering the disconnect between two people standing side by side using cell phones for a long while, but I didn’t think to write about it until I read a post  called “Distracted.”     I highly recommend Sturner2’s blog, he is insightful.

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



There is a world beyond our cell phones

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!




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,




Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about spiritual paths and how we are all on own pathway.  It seems to me that we are all headed to the same destination, but we all take different paths to get there.  To me it doesn’t matter which religion you choose for your walk along the path nor does it seem to matter if you choose not to choose a particular religion to follow as long as you and God are clear as to which path you take to our common destination.

I’m also thinking that there no such thing as someone who is spiritually superior to another.  We all have our individual paths and sometimes we switch paths when we come to a crossroad; but this spiritual journey we all are on is an inside job.  There is not a source outside our self that should choose where we are on the path nor should any outside source tell us which way we should go when we reach a crossroad.  That is an internal decision that you make with God’s assistance.

I believe that we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others; instead I believe we should compare our self of today to our self of yesterday.  I know that I am only concern with comparing myself of today with the person I used to be.  I am a much better than I used to be.

As you go along your path to our common destination are you listening to your inner voice or are you letting the world at large guide your way? Is the person you are today a better person than you were yesterday, last week or last year?

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

Many Blessings,


Trail in the Wetlands at the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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

Who is Following Whom?

Sunday, I had an unusual experience that I would like to share, but first some background to the situation is in order.  When I moved into my home, I had the intention to pull up every blade of grass and replace it with gardens and pathways.  I’ve done so.  My flowers are constantly blessing me with not only their peaceful presence, but many, many flower babies.   I’m in the middle of giving away day lilies, because we have so many they are taking over the yard.

A friend of mine, who I met through church, wanted some  day lilies and we arranged it so she could come after church and dig some up.  Since she has never been to my home, she was to follow me home.  Before we got into our vehicles, I gave her directions just in case we got separated then got into my car.  When I looked back to see if it was safe to back up, I saw the back end of her vehicle leaving the parking lot.

My first reaction was that I was confused and that wasn’t her,  because we all know that the follower trails behind the leader.  Right?   Then I looked again and sure enough that was her leaving the parking lot.  Leaving the parking lot!  Oh my, I’ve got to get going, because I’m supposed to in front.  I’ve got to correct this situation, because how is she going to follow me home if I’m behind her?

As I leave the parking lot I look down the road and she is already a block and a half away.  Who is following whom?  I had to laugh, because I have never ever had someone follow me by leading the way.  This unusual twist had me pausing to think about this in spiritual terms.  I was stopped at the traffic light watching my friend disappear from view, when it occurred to me that our spiritual teachers at times will become our followers.  Sometimes the leader is there to learn from the follower which will lead to huge spiritual growth for all.

I am on the path to become a spiritual coach/teacher and there will be times when the people who come to talk with me or come to this blog to read what insights I have to share, will be the ones teaching or guiding me.  It is comforting to know that no one is expected to have all the answers all the time.  Sometimes it’s someone else’s turn to lead the way.

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

Many Blessings,


Watch a video of my day lilies with the birds in my backyard singing:

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