This is the time of year when joy is supposed to overcome our hearts and we are to feel a sense of peace. While this is the time of year when people feel the loneliest. There are some families who don't fall into the dysfunction realm, where as; if you are like the rest of society one can feel a sense of sadness. This is the time of year people are spending time with family, decorating homes, coming together and you can imagine cookies in the oven with children blissfully singing to Holiday songs. No mater what your situation is at this time of year or anytime of the year you have to look inside and claim your own joy and extend joy to others. As a whole in society we have neglected to take care of really matters. What matters is having a heart full of love. Life isn't about what you have. Life is about what you have to offer another fellow human being. Sometimes a smile can lift a person out of sadness, a kind word could bring someone out of despair. Rather than neglecting others and turning your cheek search your heart and soften your ways. The things that harden you in life are the very key components that bring healing to others or your own despair. Go out today and search for someone that their situation resembles something within you. Step outside of yourself and step inside someone else's shoes. The shoes that once fit your feet but you outgrew will be the size someone else needs to walk and heal on their journey. Our feet face forward for a reason and we cant turn them around because we aren't meant to go backwards but we can reflect where the shoes took us. The very place you once walked in those shoes will lead you to another where you once stood; if you will be open to see with the eyes you once had opposed to the eyes you have now. Often times hearts become hardened by the things we endure during this lifetime on our walk. I want to encourage everyone to go out today and always see yourself in others. You may or may not have stood where another person is standing but don't just pass someone by because you may be the only smile that person will receive for today. Your children's laughter is something to embrace because you were once innocent and full of life. Today and always find joy, laughter, love, joy, peace and compassion because where you once stood or where you may stand one day may help another on their journey.