Meet Gene Musumeci
I was born with the birth name Leona but my adoptive parents changed my name to Gene (Dad's middle name) Elizabeth (mom's middle name). I also have an adopted sister and brother. My parents instilled in us that we were chosen and very special. My mother was a northern Baptist Deaconess and my father was the son of a minister.
Church has always been an integral part of our lives.When I was a six year old child my Aunt Alma (a church organist and alto) discovered that I could match a pitch (sound) played on the piano. I learned at a very early age that singing lifted my spirits and was a gift to share. Church and singing have remained a consistent part of my life. My mother lived the example of unconditional love and Aunt Alma became my second Mom and gave me the gift of the love of music.
I was baptized by immersion at the age of 12 and committed to serving the Lord with all my heart and soul. There are so many Bible verses and teachings of Jesus that resonate with me. One that comes to mind most often is "do unto others as you would have done to you". I also try to live by words from my grandmother "learn something new each day"; words from Bambi "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all"; and words from my mother "get your work done first, then play" and "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" from the monkeys that lived on our mantel.
There have been some very significant events in my life that have challenged and strengthened my faith and taught me to live one day at a time. My father's suicide was a brutal moment in my childhood. As an adult I suffered the loss of a child. My divorce, after 20 years of marriage, resulted in my returning to school and working and living on my own for 10 years.
When overly stressed, I pray and give my troubles to God after doing all I can do. Sayings such as "smile and the world smiles with you" and "pick yourself up and keep going" have helped me to stay positive. I also have been blessed to have the advice and support from those wiser than I so that I could make right choices at pivotal moments in my life.
The book that has had the most impact on my life was Love is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky. I even bought copies of it for all my close relatives and friends.
Gordon and Mary Anne Zinser introduced me to Unity in Port Richey. On my very first visit the music director, Denise, told me "we need you in the choir". I also met Reverend Barbara and she actually remembered my name on my second visit when I began to sing in the choir.
I have more recently been singing with the Spirit Sisters, led by Nancy Lynn Cooper Christ who is so loving, talented and supportive. Now in my 70th year, my voice is being heard in a new and satisfying way.
I have been with Unity ever since, at least while I am in Florida. I snowbird to New Hampshire for the summers on Lake Winnipesaukee. My nickname is Butterfly because I flit from one thing to another. I am happy to be with my two sons and three grandchildren (ages 19, 17 and 9) when they visit me at the Lake. I have been blessed by the support, devotion and companionship of my husband, Joseph, for the last 20 years.
There have been so many memories and so many lessons learned throughout my life, yet I realize that I am still a work in progress. I look forward to old age with much still to do and to learn. God bless all of my Unity community as we move forward together. Travel gently. Smile, God loves you.
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