How to Find the Riches in Your Life

I am a lip balm junkie. It doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing, my “lip stuff”  is never more than an arm’s length away. At any given time, you can probably find no less than 3 different types of lip junk in my purse, desk drawer or in my bathroom.


Despite all this, at least once per day, I lose my lip stuff. Usually it’s right before I go to bed. Seriously–I can’t sleep unless it’s is on my night stand right next to me. My husband will tell you that my nightly inability to find any one of my tubes of lip balm sets me off into a panic.


Yesterday was no different, except I lost the lip stuff I had been using all morning right before I was about to walk out the door to go to work.


I spun into a frenzy. The trusty Lypsyl I buy at Walgreens was nowhere to be found. Not in my bathroom. Not in the guest bathroom. Not on my nightstand. Not in my robe pocket. Not in my purse. I looked everywhere, including in my daughter’s toy box.


It. Was. Gone.

I knew I would not be able to focus on my work unless I found it, so I resorted to ripping the house apart. That included removing all of the cushions off of our living room couches. And then–


You’ll never believe what I found.


Yes. I found the lip stuff I had been looking for. I also found two more tubes that had gone missing months before. I found stray pieces of cereal, nuts and some loose change. There was also a single dollar bill, a sock, a couple of toddler toys and a mini- flashlight.


That, and a whole lot of dirt.


All that dirt reminded me of how growing up, one of my “chores” was to vacuum the couches at least once a week.


As an adult, it’s a miracle if I vacuum them more than once a year.


Anyway, the fact that I was able to find these little treasures, along with a whole lot of dirt (buried underneath some pretty big cushions), got me thinking about life (again).


In our everyday lives, we all have riches that are easy to recognize.




Running water.


A dog that is happy to see us at the beginning and end of each day.


Lunch plans with a friend.


I am thinking, though, maybe some of the biggest, best riches are hidden, but still right under our noses. The riches that make us better people are always with us, but sometimes they are buried deep beneath external barriers like Spanx underwear and even under our skin. The things that genuinely make us well-to-do are only revealed when we dive below the surface, pull off the cushions and get to the dirt.


This past weekend, I met a Shamanic healer who told me that we each go through 3 year life cycles. I didn’t understand what she was talking about at first, so she went on to explain. According to the Shamanic tradition, every three years, each of us goes through some sort of life upheaval. The upheaval could include things like the death of someone important to us, the death of a relationship (as in a break up or divorce), the birth of a child, or the loss of income or job.


In many cases, when this upheaval happens, it’s hard to keep a smile on your face. It’s hard to tell everyone “I’m fine” and really mean it. It’s hard to be positive.


When this upheaval happens, it’s also an opportunity to find the riches in your life. It’s a chance to create a new life on your terms. It’s a time to finally do the work you are passionate about. It is the moment you’ve been waiting for to feel the freedom for which you’ve been longing.


Do you feel like you’ve lost something? If so, you probably have. Find out what you’ve been missing by throwing off the cushions and stripping down to your bare soul. Acknowledge the dirt that is there, then get to work by sifting through it and, if necessary, cleaning it up. At the end of it all, you will be amazed at what you find inside–


Shiny coins.

Delicious morsels.

Toys with which to play.

Use them. Or lose them.


P.S. While you’re at it, if you find any lip balm you’d like to unload, you know who to call. 😉

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