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The Art of Giving and Receiving

This could be a beautiful exchange between two individuals or a group of people. When choosing to gift another, please remember to do so from your HEART and with LOVE. This makes a world of difference, vs feeling obligated.


My uncle is a very gifted woodworker and I decided to ask him (and only if he wished to and had time) if he could create a neckless for me before traveling to New Zealand in October for my wedding ceremony. Without hesitation, he said, yes. He asked what was the style and size I was interested in. I told him, nothing fancy, shared simple design ideas and provided measurements. I also made sure to emphasize, as you create it, please do so with lots of love. 


In about three weeks, he mailed me the pendant you see in the photo. He hand crafted the pendant out of padauk wood. My uncle shared, this type of wood was used by kings because of its beauty. The wood is normally an orange color, but as it is exposed to the sunlight it turns a deep rich color. 


My uncle complimented the pendant with a letter that provided pearls of wisdom for life:

“Trees grow, live a life, die; and then the woodworker brings the wood a new, but different kind of life. The pendant has harsh marks which I see as the complex order of our lives; the paths directing us in many different directions; the chaos and the challenges of choosing the “right” path. All of this complexity is enclosed in the circle represented by the round wooden pendant. Our lives are just like the wood….growing through cycles of life. 


On the opposite side is a copper enamel glass center with its green, yellow, and red highlights representing the many joys in our lives. I hope you enjoy the pendant and I hope it reveals to you your own interpretation so it will fit into your life. 


Made with love,

Uncle Tony”




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. 


Comment balloon 4 commentsLaura Cerrano • April 20 2018 12:17PM


Good morning Laura Cerrano,

How absolutely stunning and so meaningful! Your Uncle Tony is a special person and knew exactly what your requested. You are blessed!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 11 months ago

Laura love the Title it is important to know how to give and how to receive, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 11 months ago

Good morning Laura.  Individualized gifts with a sentiment are the ones that mean so much.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 11 months ago

Laura, sending good thought and best wishes for you in this meaningful period of your life. And how exciting to take with you in October the beautiful necklace made for you by your uncle; it is a true treasure...life's cycle.

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) 11 months ago

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