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Green is where the Heart Is for June 20, 2012

“Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  
Working together is success.”  ~Henry Ford

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Today is my special day.  As I write a few simple words I reflect on a Facebook birthday post from one of my friends.  Dennis inspired me to have many happy (solar) returns. 
It had never occurred to me that this saying came from a place of harnessing the power of the planet we live on as we once again experience a full cycle around our sun.
We think we are so unique, busy with our daily activities, doing our individual chores, living our private lives.  The truth is we are all in this together.  We have more in common than we realize. 
Recently at a high school graduation near Boston, MA the speaker caught a lot of attention as he told the class, “You are not special.”  He went on to say that, “Even if you're one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you.”  Being a Gemini I guess that figure doubles for people like me!
I watch people come to our island during vacation time to have some fun, rest and relaxation and uninterrupted time together with family and friends.  Recently I was a tourist in Maine. 
I gawked at the majesty of the granite mountains of Acadia National Park, the round stones produced by the surf at Hunter’s Beach and the beauty of the sunset over Frenchman’s Bay. 
It was our planet that impressed me the most.  The out-of-towners who come to Pleasure Island feel the same way about our little bit of paradise.
Let’s all take pride in the beauty of our space by reusing, reducing and recycling products for minimal consumption.  I do not care for laws imposing on people to do it or else even though it is illegal in the state of NC to put plastic bottles and aluminum cans in the trash. 
I prefer people do it because it is the ‘right’ thing to do.  I prefer people do it naturally because they are consciously aware of their connection to mother earth and a clean environment trickles down to the triple bottom line consisting of people, planet and profit. 
I must admit that the 5 cent deposit on plastic bottles and aluminum cans in Maine did encourage a return to the store which made the slight
inconvenience bearable.  Otherwise I can easily see those items tossed into the landfill with the rest of the trash. 
Wellesley High English teacher David McCullough Jr concluded his speech, "The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you're not special. Because everyone is." 
Sustainability is the capacity to endure.  Success depends on how we work together in our uniqueness and our commonality.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.