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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.

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,



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

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:

Bird Speak

I believe that every person that crosses our path is someone who has the potential to become our spiritual teacher.  Now that I think about it, every living being on this planet, not just humans, have the potential to become our spiritual teacher.  If you have been reading my blog you know by now that I spend every morning on my back porch listening to the birds sing while I eat my breakfast.   What I haven’t mentioned is that I’ve been trying to take a photograph of some of these birds, but they move too quickly for me.

I figured out a few weeks ago that I should just relax and wait for the perfect opportunity.  That almost worked, I got a few blurry photos of a few birds.  Well, it was a step in the right direction; at least I was able to get a photo taken before the bird flew off.  After many, many days of blurry bird photos, I realized that I needed to communicate with the birds that I wanted to take their photo and I would appreciate it, if they would sit still long enough for me to get a clear photo.

That worked, sort of.   Okay, again that almost worked.  Now I do have clear photos, the only problem is that I have a clear photo of their backsides.  Obviously, I need to work on my human to bird communication skills.   Getting clear backside shots for days and days now, I tried every which way I knew to get the bird to turn around, already.  Did that sound as impatient to you as it does to the birds in my yard?  Okay, time to breathe deeply a few times.   Get some perspective and try again.  Repeat, repeat, repeat, etc.  Oh my, sounds like I’m being impatient about not relaxing quick enough.  No wonder the birds moon me.

Yesterday, I was out in the backyard taking photos of the blooming flowers and not thinking about birds and their tendency to show me their backsides.  Then two feet from me a bird flies in to grab a bit to eat (our yard is full of worms).   Since I already had the camera working, I took a photograph of the bird with no expectations of the outcome.  I was just a photographer taking a photo.  I got several average looking shots of the bird pulling a worm out of the ground.  Not a moon shot at all; this is a huge step in the right direction, just need to work on my camera skills now.

This morning as my breakfast gets cold; I’m busy taking photos of my flowers.  The sun is shining brightly, highlighting the beauty of each bloom.  I was too busy enjoying the moment to eat my breakfast…and then a bird appeared.  I’ve taken several photos that I haven’t looked at yet, but I just feel that today is the day I took a beautiful photo of a bird.  I think I needed to learn to just enjoy the moment.  Trying to force the birds to stop following their path long enough to pose for a perfect photo just for me was just ridiculous; a serious case of immature spiritual thinking.

I am now busy thanking God for sending the birds to teach me this valuable lesson.

Who is your teacher today?

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

Many Blessings,


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,


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,



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,









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