Allow Joy to Lift You

Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.

– Paramahansa Yogananda

Have you ever discovered hidden treasure in your pocket, the glove compartment, or the dryer? What a delight it is to find a 20.00-dollar bill, that missing favorite sock, or the cherished necklace a beloved one gifted you!

During a deeper reflection, you realize the moments of great joy in your life often involve other human beings, loving interactions, those experiences of seeing the beauty and goodness in another. Have you been listening for the treasures in other people in your life? Sometimes they don’t fully embrace their multi-faceted capacities. You can become the gift seer, the guide to the goodness they sometimes struggle to see in themselves.

His gifted and talented intellect match his empathy, sensitive nature, and compassion.

To hear the pure joy and clarity in my son’s voice when he calls me from LA is like no other experience. He and I lived pain, heartbreaking hurts, and hellishly terrifying life on the brink experiences together. His unfolding story of transformation continues to be one that brings many tears of gratitude. As his mom, I am the holder of his goodness, his wholeness, and the essential nature of his personality. The stories of the joy and fears of intuitively knowing a boy grew in my womb, his birth, and life as a baby, toddler, boy, young teenager have embedded themselves in my soul. His gifted and talented intellect match his empathy, sensitive nature, and compassion. And yet, he took himself to dark places that I could not fathom.

Do you have the capacity to see and hold people’s light even when they’ve shrouded themselves in darkness, denial, and disgust?

Even when they have uttered pain-filled words and committed thoughtless deeds? Are there people in your life who believe in you on your worst days, during the dark nights of your life?

Every single person on your life path who sees your light, who has forgiven your mistakes and miscues, and believes that you matter deserves your profound gratitude. These precious ones hold you high even when you can barely pull yourself out of the latest muddy ditch.

You may, at times, struggle to see yourself through their eyes and yet, they keep beaming love and luminous light your way. Their warm hands reach out to hold yours; their arms pull you in for a big hug. These precious individuals may have lived in the background of your life as you grew up. You may barely know they cheer for you even today. They model what you now can do for yourself as well as ways to generously give to others.

The benefits of emptying out the detritus inside your heart allows you to be fully present with the wholeness of others, their unspoken hurts, spoken joys, and undistinguished or pooh-poohed gifts. With softer eyes and a heart full of compassion, you can begin to see beauty everywhere in people you meet.  Your expanding capacity for paying attention to the astonishing multiple talents in those you encounter opens the door to appreciating and holding an unwavering stand for their meaningful lives.  You want others to thrive. You want them to wake up filled with a deeper appreciation of the life they get to live.

May you use your life energy every day going forward to honor these beloved ones by creating a life you love living, in gratitude, in honor of these individuals who remain genuine treasures in your life. May you extend this grace, compassion, and joy in being alive to the next person you meet.  May you give the unexpected gift of kindness from your beautiful, humble heart.


Laura Staley
Laura Staley
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening. As a columnist, Laura writes personal essays focused on self-discovery, feng shui, emotional health, and transformations from the inside out. Laura is the published author of three books: Live Inspired, Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui, and the Cherish Your World Gift Book of 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a fulltime parent and an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her joys in life include laughing with loved ones, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. She resides in Black Mountain, NC with lovable dog, Layla. Laura is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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