Connecting in the Intersection of Love

The good in this world far outweighs the evil. Our common humanity transcends our differences, and our most effective response to fear is compassion, it’s unity, and it is love.

—Douglas Knox

Since September 2018 my friends and I have been standing with Love signs at the main intersection of Black Mountain, NC on Wednesday evenings from 5 pm to 6 pm. When the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order went into effect for our county, Ruby asked the police if we could still stand. The police officer said, “I cannot imagine ever arresting a person for holding a Love sign. Just be certain to remain at a social distance from one another.” She promised we would.

My friends Ruby, Larry, Robin, Marty, and I hang Love signs around our necks, wave, smile, make eye contact with the drivers, passengers, joggers (at safe distance), pedestrians (at safe distance), who move through the traffic pattern of red light, yellow light, green light.

During dark gray rainy skies, bright blue sunshiny skies with white puffy clouds, clear powder blue skies, winds that blow through our wild and free growing hair-well, not Larry, because he’s bald, we radiate loving energy to our neighbors, most of whom we haven’t met close up. We don’t know many of their names, but we know their faces and smiles.

People roll down their windows and share with much enthusiasm:

Photo Taken Pre-Pandemic 4/24/2019

God Bless You!

We love you, too!

Thank you!

Thank you so much!

You just don’t know how good this makes us feel!

This is the Highlight of my Day!

A child holds up his handmade Love sign filled with red, purple, blue hearts and presses the sign against the window so we can see it as his mom turns the corner through the intersection.

From the backseat, window rolled down, a little girl exclaims: “I know You! What’s your name? My name is Charlotte. I love you. I know you!”

Many car and truck horns beep, hands wave vigorously, people smile, some even cheer, and stretch their arms out way out of the windows to wave or share a thumbs up. Cyclists wave from their bicycles. Bikers wave from their motorcycles.

We connect in the energy of gorgeous smiles that transform people’s faces and transcend names, job titles, roles, affiliations, and exterior packaging.

We meet in the intersection of our love, our care for one another, that moment of gratitude for this human life we get to live.


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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    • Thank you so much, Darlene. Sometimes we really don’t know the impact, the ripple this creates for people. I know for all of us standing our hearts have been set free.