Holiday Who Ha

A few years ago I shifted to really enjoying what I love about the holidays. I cleared everything else off that list that lives like an invented book of Expectations/Demands for the Holidays. I write my holiday letter on Valentine’s Day. I decorate a fireplace mantel and a tree while listening to music I love. I watch holiday movies that remind me to keep healing/transforming.

I remember to support my inner Grinch in his grieving process. I hold his petulant hand because that part of me has felt, at times, like a lonely, resentful outsider who wants desperately to be carving the roast beast at a table filled with loving Whos. Or slicing and stir-frying marinated tofu while dancing in a warm kitchen receiving and giving hugs to the many Whos in my life now.

I wish for a time when all the people I love and who love me could be celebrated in a Gratitude/Laugh Out Loud Party at a beautiful nature location. This doesn’t have to happen in December.

This year I will celebrate with simple experiences of being with my daughter, my dear friend, Ruby, my dog, Layla, Miss Hailey, the cat, and my Sweet Love, who is all I really want for Christmas. He can sit under the tree with a bow on his forehead and I’d be overjoyed that this self-aware, gentle, kind, loving, and generous man chose me for another day.

What would you love to do right now? How many people can you say, “I love you!” to in the next 24 hours? How far and wide can you spread your love and appreciation for beloved ones, clients, colleagues, friends, salesclerks, strangers who held doors for you? Can you create this to be how you live your life each and every moment you’re on the planet? What if you are love? What if I am love? Ah, what then?

However you celebrate or choose not to celebrate the many wonderful holidays this season, I wish you- in the very core of you- peace, passionate, unwavering love, and the profound realization that you matter to our world.

May you know that you are loved more than you can even imagine. May you find expanding joy inside your grieving heart. May you know that you are love.

Laura Staley
Laura Staleyhttp://www.cherishyourworld.com
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura helps people thrive in the physical spaces where they live and work. She educates people about the optimal arrangement of belongings for comfort, safety, and flow; de-cluttering for freedom; and planning transitions to new or updated spaces for optimal joy in life. Laura knows that the conditions of our homes and workplaces shape the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by more than a decade working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to help her clients produce remarkable results in their lives. Her own awakening to the power of feng shui came on the heels of a flood and the realization that she could live with beloved belongings rather than unloved hand-me-down stuff. Her trifecta of serving people includes public speaking, writing, and compassionate coaching. Laura is a published author of the books Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui and Cherish Your World Gift Book: 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Your Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a full-time 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 loving her dog, laughing with great friends, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. You are welcome to connect with Laura below.
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Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler

Laura I love what you are saying. The love and friendships that we have should be celebrate everyday.

Sora Garrett
Sora Garrett

So aligned with this, Laura. I’ve been doing the same with holidays for some time now, and love the simple gifts I receive by creating every holiday to flow at the pace of joy. This winter, I’m cherishing the simple gifts of friendship by creating several SimpliciTEA parties with 3 friends at a time. It’s a wonderful way for my introvert self to be nourished by my connective self’s desire to reach out to friends during this season of giving. Thank you for being another voice for joyful simplicity.

Mike Pitocco
Mike Pitocco

Thank you for your article Laura. Love is at the center of it all, isn’t it? I learned that later in life and have had a wonderful instructor God blessed me with in the form of my lovely wife Sharron. So important that we take every opportunity to let our family & friends know how we feel…..and to let that love extend beyond our inner circle. Thanks for a great reminder! Merry Christmas.

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