A Missed Opportunity, A DEEP Regret and A Story of Inspiration and Love by Feng Shui Long Island

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When I recounted my first story of a Feng Shui consultation for a lovely client in Northport, Long Island, New York, little  did I realize it was to become a seriesScared Away with Feng Shui? How I "lost" my client in Northport, Long Island New York   If you didn't read it, it's about a client I consulted with and the things that came up during and after the consultation.  She had heard some unusual words like "Auspicious" and did not know the history of her home, something I always ask.  After  I left her pet had escaped and a neighbor she had never met found it and insisted on returning it to her.  She not only brought her beloved pet back, she brought back a book that had taken her over SEVEN Years to write and had just arrived that morning.  She said later she felt compelled to bring it with her.  This neighbor, by the way, knew the entire history of the house. 

My client started to have changes happen almost immediately (which are recounted in the first post) and I believed, when the communication stopped that she had become a bit afraid of everything that was happening.  The very next morning after posting that blog I had an email from the woman, Carolyn Freund-Nelson who had written "The Auspicious Goat" which was my clients neighbor.  Since I don't believe in accidents or coincidences, I had plans to email my client later that night....before I had a chance to I was signing onto a new website.  It came up with my screen name---and my clients!  She was signing on at the exact same time!  We spoke that evening and she wasn't at all afraid, just very caught up in a busy life.  We vowed to meet Carolyn very soon. Feng Shui Synchronicity at Work---Back to Northport, Long Island

Just before I was leaving for my vacation, my phone rang.  Standing outside was the lovely Carolyn who had brought me her book.  I couldn't believe the kindness and light this woman showed.  As soon as I got back, I thought, I would make it to her house; she not only had an "Auspicious Goat," she had some pretty Auspicious Pumpkins!  Carolyn was going for the record sized Pumpkin ever grown on Long Island and, quite possibly, the largest Pumpkin ever grown anywhere. 
Can You STAND another Feng Shui Post? You've seen the Auspicious Goat, LQQK at The Auspicious PUMPKINS in Northport, Long Island, New York

Returning from my trip and finding issues with the house and trying to get back to a schedule, I did not yet have a chance to get to Carolyn's house.  An email arrived from my client, however, telling me SHE was going away but would I care to meet when she got back?  Perhaps she would host a lunch with Carolyn or we would take her out.  That was only about a week ago and long enough had passed, I thought; I told her absolutely.

For now, it is not possible.  A few days ago I received an email and some pictures from Carolyn's husband, Nel's.  He shared with me the story (and is allowing me to share it with you) of Carolyn's health issues.  She had been having difficulty breathing on and off and they were treating her with inhalers.  Finally it had gotten so bad they ordered tests.  Carolyn was found to have a very large tumor in her esophagus.  Before trying to remove it, they needed to try and shrink it and put her through many radiation treatments.  Surgery is pending and they can make no promises.  I missed a Golden Opportunity to meet someone very special; somehow my house or work did not seem very important.  It's a terrible regret and a lesson I won't soon forget.  I love my work but I love people more.  My house issues will get resolved sooner or later.

I am sharing the pictures with you of this amazing, indomitable spirit named Carolyn who in spite of her illness, was not about to miss the weighing in of her precious pumpkin!  She is an Inspiration to me and I would venture to bet everyone's path she's come across.  There is also a website my Energy Healer had sent me; while submitting prayers for yourself or a loved one, please remember Carolyn in them. 

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The Auspicous Pumpkin

Carolyn, The Auspicious PumpkinA 964 pound pumpkin from Long Island; Did the Pumpkin win?  I'm not sure yet but I do know that this woman is an incredible inspiration to my spirit.

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*I would be remiss if I did not thank Carolyn's husband, Nel's, for sharing with me and more then that, for trusting me to write about them; Their spirit, courage, love, dedication and perseverence....words we all should live by. 

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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 



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Candy Henthorne
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring Texas Real Estate
Carole - I went to the site from your link and will keep her in my thoughts.  Those are some huge Pumpkins!  I wonder if the pumpkin is good to use when they get that enormous size? 
Oct 25, 2007 05:30 PM #8
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating
Carole ~  I had to read back over the previous blogs before commenting.  This is some story.  I agree with the other comments that you should feel no regret - everything happens for a reason.  Perhaps this is the time for you to meet in person.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Carolyn. 
Oct 25, 2007 11:36 PM #9
Robert Monk
100% Realty, Inc. - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Florida Real Estate
Carol, what a moving story.  And, I wonder if a pumpkin that large is good to eat?
Oct 26, 2007 02:20 AM #10
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate
Very touching story, thanks for sharing it with us.  And those pumpkins are amazing!
Oct 26, 2007 02:50 AM #11
Dena Stevens
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004
I just wanted to pop in and say thanks for sharing this story. Missed opportunities are just that. All things happen for a reason.
Oct 26, 2007 06:54 AM #12
Trace Galle
Designs by Trace - Kelowna, BC

Hi Carole,

A very nice post, thanks for sharing. You may have missed the opportunity to meet Carolyn earlier but I do believe that you will meet her. I will add her to my prayers. Thanks for reminding us to live in the day and not put it off until tomorrow. I am bad for that and sometimes tomorrow never comes for me. Those are pretty big pumpkins!!

Oct 26, 2007 08:09 AM #13
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
CAROLE:  My best goes out to Carolyn.  Hopefully you will get to meet her soon.  I can't believe the size of the pumpkin that she grew right here on Long Island.  That is truly amazing!
Oct 26, 2007 11:13 AM #14
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!

Hi Carole,

As you have often shown, there are no coincidences. Whatever has happened has happened for a reason and regret, on your part is self defeating. Writing this post for her will certainly send good thoughts her way from everyone. We will all be thinking of her and maybe that's why you didn't get to meet her, to prompt you to write this post.

Oct 26, 2007 12:26 PM #15
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Lisa, Thank you for your kind comment.  I do not think Carolyn is upset with me, I am the one who is upset with myself.  This is a reminder to everyone that if you want to do something, do it today.  And I won't ever let something like that happen again.

Cynthia, Thank you, I know it is past but I am sorry I let it pass.  I admire this person so much and wish I had taken the time to sit down and speak with her when she was well; I will wait until whenever she feels up to a visit and you'd better believe I'll get there!  Thank you for your blessings!

Jo, I should have gone earlier. This womans courage and strength astound me and I thank you for keeping her in your heart. You would think I would have known better....

Carol, Thank you.  I am going to send her the post to let her know we are all thinking of her and to Thank Her and tell her I'll be there whenever she's ready.  I love her spirit!

Kathy, Thank you for keep Carolyn in your thoughts and prayers, she is in mine as well.  I hope with the intensity she will be well and I will have my visit(s) with this wonderful woman.  I can't say I would have been able to get out of bed, even for my cherished pumpkin!  I SO admire her.

Fernando, Thanks for stopping by.  Your before and after Staging Pics are lovely!  Yes, those pumpkins are really amazing (and certainly HUGE!! :)

Joan, I am certainly learning lessons this month!  This was maybe a message to all of us:  Do it TODAY!  Thanks for your lovely comment, Ms. Maven.

Candy, I have no idea if you can eat them or not!  I know she said they grew at 30 to 40 POUNDS a DAY, can you imagine?  That's one huge baby she raised!

Kathy, Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for Carolyn.  I know she'll feel every one and I always believe anything that is intensified works! 

Robert, I too have to wonder how many pies that one pumpkin would make??  Didn't you just love the way they had to move it?  Incredible people they are!

Diane, Thank you for stopping in and commenting.  The synchronicities in this are so many....all summer long!  I couldn't believe they kept happening.  I am so glad she got to the weigh off and my blessings go to her for a complete recovery.

Dena, Thank you for popping in, it's nice to see you!  I will be much more careful of opportunities in the future and not let them pass me by.

Adam, Did you know this stuff was going on in Lovely Long Island?  So she's had the longest living lactating Goat and one of the largest pumpkins....Right here :)  I wonder what else we're missing....

Karen, Thank you for stopping by and commenting.  I do wish I had gone, though and I look forward to being able to go when she is better--so does my client, we are both so sad to hear about this.

Oct 26, 2007 01:41 PM #16
Dan Forbes
Bradenton, FL

Inspirational as always.  Wow, what big pumpkins you have there!

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Oct 27, 2007 03:42 AM #17
Gail Gladstone
Gladstone Group & Long Island Business Brokerage - Huntington, NY
Brokering Success
thank you for a beautiful and inspirational story.  How is she doing?
Oct 28, 2007 03:28 AM #18
Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~
Agent Referral - Salt Lake City, UT
Carole-I will without doubt keep Carolyn and Nels in my prayers.  This is such a wonderful story. Thank you for reaching out to us all with your beautiful words so that our voices can be louder than ever. 
Oct 28, 2007 05:37 AM #19
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Carole- Carolyn and Nels are in my prayers. This is a very touching story of what is truly important in life! Thanks for sharing and for caring! Katerina
Oct 29, 2007 01:06 AM #20
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Awesome Post Carole I will keep this couple in my prayers as well.  They are Blessed by your kind tribute to them in sharing this story!

Take Care,

Grace Safrin

p.s. unbelievable Long Island Pumpkins - I would have never guessed they were grown there!

Oct 29, 2007 05:01 AM #21
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
CAROLE:  I saw this story this weekend on one of the news programs about pumpkin contests.  Apparently, it's a big thing and it's taken very seriously.  While I was watching the report, I was thinking about this post and wondering if the pumpkin that you mentioned was entered.  Then I saw how big they can get and I was even more shocked than when I read your blog.  The winning pumpkin checked in at 1689 pounds!  Incredible.  Just thought that you would find this interesting.
Oct 29, 2007 05:12 AM #22
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Dan, Thank you for your comment.  I know Carolyn grew more then this one, I believe this was the largest!

Gail, Thank you for stopping in and commenting.  I haven't heard anything yet so I really don't know.  I will post an update to this when I hear.

Julie, Thank you so much, that's exactly what they do get....magnified and LOUDER.  What perfect words.  I'm sure Carolyn and Nel's can feel it!

Katerina, Thank you, I am hoping for the best possible outcome for this wonderful family and I'm sure they will get it.

Adam, I didn't know if it had won or not but I'm sorry it didn't.  Still pretty impressive, I believe she also had two more almost as large.  What an amazing person!  The Weigh-In was at Hicks Nursery; I'm there all the time, had I known I would have gone.

Oct 29, 2007 11:26 AM #23
Loretta Buckner
Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life - Palm Harbor, FL
Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life!
Hey Carole--perhaps this is the time for you, like me, to study Reiki!  I'm on my second-level attunement, which involves long-distance healing--I will 'practice' on Carolyn!
Oct 30, 2007 06:15 AM #24
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Loretta, I am still taking classes....on Energy Healing (EFT) and always more on Feng Shui when I find an intensive around.  I sound like you, the perpetual student.  Good luck with Reiki, I'm sure Carolyn will feel the effects, it's very powerful and I've loved it when I've had it done!  Pass some hints along on how you do it!
Oct 31, 2007 11:26 AM #25
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
Carole:  What a touching and emotional story.  I can tell through your writings that you really do love people.  What a pumpkin!!!  My stars, I didn't know they would grow that large.  I do hope Carolyn's health will be restored.
Nov 07, 2007 10:24 AM #26
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Donna, Thank you, I am hoping so as well.  I heard they had the pumpkin on display at the Police Office in Northport for a while, isn't that nice?  I am wishing and praying for her and thank you for your comment and good wishes.
Nov 08, 2007 11:47 PM #27
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