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Green is where the Heart Is for November 21, 2012

"Let’s eat Grandma!  Let’s eat, Grandma!”  ~Punctuation saves lives.

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

During this week of Thanksgiving, I have been thinking that it is the little things that I am thankful for this year, even something as simple as a comma.
As I intentionally synchronize my mind and emotions with a ‘green heart’ attitude during meditation, prayer or other spiritual practices I become open to limitless possibilities creating gratitude.  Some days this state of coherence may be brought on simply by my daily reading of “Life’s Little Instructions,” by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
If you have been in my home, chances are you have read these words as they are framed and strategically placed for all who enter to read.  Following is a list of entries taken from this national bestseller.  You can purchase “Life’s Little Instruction Book,” from Rutledge Press, Nashville, Tennessee.  Happy Thanksgiving.
“Compliment three people every day.  Overtip breakfast waitresses. Watch a sunrise at least once a year.  Once in your life own a convertible.  Sing in the shower.  Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.  Never refuse homemade brownies.  Strive for excellence, not perfection.  Plant a tree on your birthday.  Learn three clean jokes.  Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full.  Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.  Whistle.  Leave everything a little better than you found it.  Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.  Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.  Surprise loved ones with little unexpected gifts.  Floss your teeth.  Learn CPR.  Ask for a raise when you feel you’ve earned it.  Be forgiving of your self and others.  Take time to smell the roses.  Say “thank you” a lot.  Say “please” a lot.  Avoid negative people.  Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards.  Wear polished shoes.  Remember other people’s birthdays.  Rekindle old friendships.  Commit yourself to constant improvement.  Focus on making things better, not bigger.  Be kinder than necessary.  Carry jumper cables in your trunk.  Have a firm handshake.  Look people in the eye.  Be the first to say, “Hello.”  Use the good silver.  Return all things you borrow.  Make new friends but cherish the old ones.  Keep secrets.  Sing in a choir.  Show respect for all living things.  Plant flowers every spring.  Have a dog.  Always accept an outstretched hand.  Stop blaming others.  Take responsibility for every area of your life.  Wave at kids on school buses.  Take good care of those you love.  Be there when people need you.  Feed a stranger’s expired parking meter.  Don’t postpone joy.  Never underestimate the power of love.  Drink champagne for not reason at all.  Live your life an exclamation, not an explanation.  Cherish your children for what they are, not for what you’d like them to be.  Compliment even small improvements.  Keep your promises.  Become someone’s hero.  Marry only for love.  Count your blessings.  Call your mother.”  This year I will add one more to the list.  ‘For your Grandma’s sake, don’t forget your commas.’  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.