Surfing the Net of Opportunity

Ah, the obstacles and the opportunities! Have you noticed that when you declare a shift for your business or life that what follows is a whole series or a handful of challenges to overcome? It’s like God or Source or Universal Mind or My dead Grandma Hope says, Yey! She wants to clear away more things from her life to make room for even more meaningful and fulfilling experiences! Well, let’s play!

My latest challenge makes me laugh really hard. I declared 2019 to be the year of growth for Cherish Your World, to be my highest and best in love and service. My word of the year is freedom. For me this means freedom from the past and the freedom to be, to breathe, to grow.

After weeks of intermittent Internet service that seemed to happen when my laptop was in the mix, we discovered today that the problem is personal. Did you know that people’s energy fields can be strong enough to disrupt technology? Well, this wasn’t exactly the situation. I had moments convinced that recent internal shifts to greater joy and a deep reverence for life caused laptop interference. Not accurate. My laptop contains a poltergeist. My energy field did not source, cause, or intensify this problem.

When challenges appear in my life I look at them through the lens of feng shui wisdom. Belongings often come with stories, memories, and associations.

I received the MacBook Air as a Christmas gift 2013 instead of the anniversary ring I had asked for from my then-husband. I’m forever grateful because I’ve chartered a new single life while launching Cherish Your World with this computer. I’ve written tips, blogs, articles, emails, and comments. I learned how to post photos I’ve taken. I’ve connected with many people here on LI and FB using this important and powerful tool. After years of being terrified of technology, I’ve shifted to a confident, trusting, receptive and willing student. It helps to have wonderful gurus in my network.

A ring would not have created these opportunities. When the marriage ended, I sold my wedding band to a jeweler at a fraction of its original value. Another ring sold would not have funded the purchase of a computer. Those monies might have purchased a couple delicious meals at a nice restaurant or a year supply of chocolate.

I am now faced with a choice: hire Ghost Busters or gifted Reiki Healers for the current machine or purchase a new computer. My gut, heart, mind, psyche, and soul cheer loudly for a new laptop and a clean break with the past.

I might someday be gifted a ring and throw a Living In Love & Gratitude Party. In the meantime, I will navigate this latest curveball with humor, grace, and dignity. I’m thankful for those who created these machines that we utterly count on to serve us. I believe I’ve earned a higher degree in letting go, though the committee still debates this behind closed doors. I am ready to expand into a new brave world of this moment and the future.

The inner shifts lay the foundation for the outer shifts. In feng shui, technology breakdowns signal transformations. Electronics represent the fire element-in nature-the sunshine, in humans- warmth, welcome, emotions, enthusiasm, and passion. Perfection. I am a woman on fire with growing emotional intelligence ready to be supported by a laptop that can meet me at this next leap of faith, of growth, and flight. I will meet you at the rocket ship launch!


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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  1. Love your story and the telling of it Laura! I recently shifted from a PC to MAC… resulted in a sismic shift that I was not prepared for…..though with a little counseling and medication I’ve adjusted fairly well – still wrestle a bit trying to do the simplest things (like moving a file from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’!!). Anyway, as you say, transformation and how we handle it does indeed matter. Looking forward to your launch!

    • Oh, Mike, I’m so grateful this story resonated with you. Yes, shifting from a PC to a MAC comes with many adjustments and new learnings indeed! I feel your learning curve as I slid down my own too many times! Good to know we can learn new things!! May we continue to be lifelong learners of tech or whatever new topic makes our hearts sing or our minds curious. BTW I chose to keep the MAC I have-we found the “poltergeist” and it’s running just great. I’m so grateful!! Thank you so much for your reflections and all the kind words. I truly appreciate this!

  2. I really liked your article, Laura. The internet offers so much in terms of information as well as a way of bringing people who are miles away from each other together. Expanding or changing a business or your life will present rewards along with challenges/hiccups. I guess that is the way it is meant to be.

    • Learning new technology can be such a ride especially having grown up with a Black and White TV that you had to turn the knob to change the channels….and crank windows in a car. I know I’m revealing my age! I really appreciate this insight which continues to be my experience of the Both/And of transitions or change: “Expanding or changing a business or your life will present rewards along with challenges/hiccups. I guess that is the way it is meant to be.” Yes, indeed-that’s been my experience for certain!! Thank you for taking the time to read and offer these thoughts, Joel! I appreciate you!

    • Laura, you just reminded me of so much from the past. Transition and change can be so difficult even though I have adapted to technology and made it my friend still I miss when things were simpler.

    • Thank you so much, Darlene! I continue to be quite amazed by how the Universe/God-my then husband- seemed to know what I really needed—You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need-Rolling Stones! The journey continues. I appreciate your kind words and reflection, Darlene! And my joy!

    • Oh, thank you so much, my friend! Yes, I’ll meet you there for certain as we go Bold into the Unknown!! I appreciate your kind words and your brave willingness to join me on that launch pad, Larry!!