WHEN A FELLOW RAINER LEAVES US...

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Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate

WHEN A FELLOW RAINER LEAVES US...

I just went back to read all the comments on the very last post that Lou Ludwig wrote here on AR Maximizing Your Resources To Maximize Your Life...  and I can not help but express my thoughts about the man who wrote a post or 2 or 3 every day here on Activerain!

He was one of us and he was, as I always felt, a very precious being.

Writing a post everyday is the most daunting thing in my opinion--To write content that has depth, leaves the reader with a real sense of personal power and inspires all who read it is a very big deal! To do that as often as Lou did is the most precious gift....

To write a post, as Lou did, with the foresight of a seer and to leave behind the most powerful , deepest thoughts about life as you leave this realm is humbling, very humbling indeed!

The fact that he was a fellow professional as well as a fellow Rainer gives me real hope for the world. He was a rarity but he was human and I can't help but think that there are many like him out there. Maybe more than we could ever imagine!

As we start this new year may I suggest we all look inward for the "stuff" that we are made of--the real "stuff"!

Let's reveal that "stuff" in our writing and in the way we live our lives so that all our Friends and loved ones will get a feeling of who we really are when we are gone, Like Lou did!

What a monumental way to leave a positive mark for those we leave behind!

A Very Happy 2018 to all of you!!

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Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Virginia: The same for me---I have been so neglectful of AR, blogging fitfully for a year,  and so I started to blog again right after the New Year--That is when I saw the post that he wrote. As I read it, I could see there was a problem in that he had not come back on the site after that post...you could read the concern in some of the comments. Then the news came through and it was astounding to me how that communication was so profound to the moment.  

Jan 04, 2018 06:36 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Jeff: Glad you are here commenting too...It is a rare human who can conjure up the time and the messages that he shared with us for so long. We all are better for having known and read his work...

Jan 04, 2018 06:38 AM #41
Rainmaker
419,933
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Sally and David: I do believe there are members who have said they know them--and if they do I am sure they have shared the AR  site with them--I hope so!! Maybe someone will make sure they see these wonderful things that we are reading from his fellow members!

Jan 04, 2018 06:41 AM #42
Rainmaker
419,933
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Lesley: Good for you---I try as well, but I do have my times where I know I can do better and I think Lou's passing is one of those things that has inspired me to go the extra mile, just like Lou did!

Jan 04, 2018 06:43 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Margaret: Me too! I have read most of his posts now and the energy was endless as was the profound ability to know what we all need to hear to make our lives better!

Jan 04, 2018 06:44 AM #44
Rainmaker
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA, thank you for sharing such great thoughts about a man who was one of us and always pointed us to the positive side of life.

We will indeed miss his wisdom.

 

Jan 04, 2018 08:57 AM #45
Rainmaker
419,933
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

John: Thank you for stopping by to read the post and make your comment. What a fitting tribute to a man whom we all knew in a way that gives us courage and inspiration to go on and to contribute as he did over the years he posted here.

Jan 04, 2018 09:10 AM #46
Rainer
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Betsy N. Robinson - Serving the Sandhills, NC
Everything Pines Partners, LLC. - Whispering Pines, NC
CNS

Paula - All of us continue to mourn the passing of Lou.  What a tribute to a life well lived.  And such a legacy for all of us to carry forward.  Thank you for your loving words.

Jan 04, 2018 11:20 AM #47
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is so beautiful! 

What a wonderful tribute to Lou.

He will be greatly missed here.

Jan 04, 2018 02:36 PM #48
Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Betsy: So happy you have added your thoughts on this wonderful man! We all should feel greatful for his ability to express what we all needed to hear. I don't know if he can be replaced---but thats all well and good because we still have his writing to go to and read when we want to!

Jan 04, 2018 02:54 PM #49
Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Sharon: Thank you  for sharing and for coming here to read what others have to say about Lou....it is such a good commentary on AR and the members here! 

Jan 04, 2018 02:55 PM #50
Rainmaker
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Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions
Lou is missed and will continue to be missed. He was a wise man. Thank you for another tribute to his memory.
Jan 04, 2018 03:07 PM #51
Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Corey: Thank you for sharing your thoughts too...

Jan 04, 2018 03:48 PM #52
Rainmaker
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Kind words. His presence will definitely be missed here.

Jan 05, 2018 05:18 AM #53
Rainmaker
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Paula, Lou made a great impact, always offered wisdom and kindness. I miss him dearly. We are lucky to have his posts to go back to. 

Jan 05, 2018 06:10 AM #54
Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Nathan: Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this post! Lou would appreciate it too, of that I am certain...

Beth: We certainly are! I have read many of his older posts as well as his current ones and he was an absolute genius with his ability to communicate with authority on matters of the human mind....

 

 

Jan 05, 2018 06:16 AM #55
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

 

Lou will be missed and remembered with a great deal of fondness.

Jan 05, 2018 03:16 PM #56
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great post and remembrance of Lou, one of the best members and bloggers we have.  So sad that in the blink of an eye, someone can be gone.  He wrote so eloquently.  He's joined all the other ActiveRain angels!

Jan 09, 2018 07:15 PM #57
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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Paula,

Good thing we do not know, when the bell will toll for us. Thank you for those kind words.

Jan 09, 2018 07:56 PM #58
Rainmaker
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Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, Sr. LBA,
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...Finding Your Place In The sun!

Hi Margaret, He sure will be missed! He seems to have left a great number of people in shock at his passing... I certainly hope he went without much pain.

Jan: "He's joined all the other ActiveRain angels!"  What a wonderful thing to say about this remarkable man! Thanks for stopoing by to comment!

Dorte: And thank you for your thoughtful reflection---we are all going to be called one day and I am here to say I am ready at any time--I have prepared myself for that day and I think Lou was ready when he went---he prepared by writing his beautiful posts and we all benefit from them!

Jan 09, 2018 08:21 PM #59
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