Green is where the Heart Is for November 23rd, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 23 November 2016 05:00

“If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” ~ Gaston Bachelard

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

I just picked up our Honey Baked Ham and was heading over to Costco to purchase our second 14 pound fresh organic turkey, when I passed a man on the street corner holding a cardboard sign with the word ‘HOMELESS’ scribbled with a Sharpie pen.  
‘HOMELESS.’  I’ve never personally known a homeless person.  
I know that Laurie through the Island Cottage and the Help Center assist many of them every day. I know that there are many, even on our small island.  
To me being homeless means the ultimate in vulnerability.  In 1943 Abraham Maslow created a hierarchical list of needs, five stages that progress towards increasing life satisfaction. Built as a pyramid, physiological needs such as eating, breathing and water show up as the foundation of what motivates humans. Next is safety, having shelter and security.  
Once those needs are met, the motivation for the need of belonging to a group becomes important.  We are a social species and without this intimate connection, loneliness and depression keep happiness at bay.  
The fourth area of this pyramid is esteem; self esteem, respect of others and respect by others creating confidence and a sense of achievement.  
Only when these areas are fulfilled can the individual move on to self-actualization.  Maslow noted that self-actualized people are grounded, steady and have a sense of satisfaction with life.  
They are not self-centered but rather focus on how to improve problems without being hurtful or sarcastic in their humor.  They have a deep kinship to the human race and do not feel threatened or overly influenced by the general culture.    
During this holiday of Thanksgiving, I cannot stop thinking how different my life is than the homeless man.  I will be surrounded by my family.  
Food will be plenty.  We will enjoy being together, laughing, making videos for the future. Some of us may enjoy a walk or nap together.  We have a house.  Chances are if you are reading this, you do, too. This year I will not take it for granted.  I am thankful for my family.  I am thankful for my community.  I am thankful for my sanctuary that protects me and my dreams so I can realize the peace that happiness and satisfaction bring.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, 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 Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park 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, 25 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.molinquist.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.

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