It's all about Balance and Staying Calm

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It's all about Balance and Staying Calm


Years ago I was involved in an intensive leadership course that went on for weeks. One of my favorite experiences was the High Ropes Course.  It scared  the living bajeebers out of me! They roped us up and then one by one we had to lean over a cliff - kind of like we were going to take off like a bird. I didn't handle it well on the first try but by my 2nd try I realized that we were totally safe. What a freeing feeling looking out over a gorgeous valley 'flying'. Well not really flying but it felt like time was suspended. A few years later when I was on staff one of the guys who was roped up had this idea that he was supposed to jump off and climb back up. OMG you can imagine our surprise when we saw him go over the cliff! Thankfully he was just fine. He came up smiling thinking that was the best thing ever! From then on we gave better directions about how High Ropes Course was all about Balancing Oneself and Life.


The 50 foot telephone pole was my favorite. We had to climb up the pole and then stand up on both feet, all the while the pole was swaying (seemed like a LOT of swaying) due to nerves!  At the bottom of the pole I could hear everybody cheering me on and saying stuff like - you can do it Anna, go for it Anna.  So I did. Once I got balanced I stood up tall looking out over the valley and thought WOW this is amazing!  What I forgot to do was reach out for the golden ring which was a couple of feet away. Instead at some point I lost my balance, tried to regain it but alas I could not. I remember thinking at the time that I had failed the exercise but I knew I really didn't. I got many more chances to climb the pole over the years and it was a blast. What I learned was the more I stayed balanced throughout the entire process, and kept my mind calm, I could accomplish anything. That was a big awareness for me back then. I've brought it forward to this moment and from time to time when I need a little balance in my life I look at this picture  - and remember the lesson.  It's all about Balance and Staying Calm in every situation!


It's all about Balance and Staying Calm

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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, I LOVE this story, Anna! Oh, the things we learn with simple exercises that we have absolutely no clue we are learning! Wonderful story and analogy.

Happy Saturday!

Jan 13, 2018 11:22 AM #25
Delphine Nguyen
Baird & Warner - Northbrook, IL

Another great post, Anna. When we take the time to think about it, balance is the key. In this crazy business, filled with peaks and valleys, mainrtaining balance is great advice. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 13, 2018 12:12 PM #26
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB ,

Life is a balancing act and a conscious effort to keep on a level play field has  helped me tremendously! Love your is spot on!

Jan 13, 2018 05:10 PM #27
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Anna- but for the fact that I'm scared to death of heights, it sounds like a good teaching experience. LOL  I couldn't even climb up Larry's deer blind. 

Jan 13, 2018 05:25 PM #28
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, Keller William Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
Lead Associate Broker

Sounds like quite a thrill. Balanced and calm are not my strongest traits, but ones I'm striving to improve in 2018.

Jan 13, 2018 10:02 PM #29
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

Sounds like fun. I wonder if my brain would be writing checks my body can't cash. lol Age is catching up.

Jan 14, 2018 05:00 AM #30
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Great analogy Anna.  You are spot on as always!

Jan 14, 2018 06:31 AM #31
Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Anna

That sounds like quite a series of experiences and some good learning. I'll take the learning on your word and keep working on maintaining a balance and staying calm.


Jan 14, 2018 08:22 AM #32
Anthony Kirlew
Fiscally Sound - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

I've done high ropes courses several times through leadership and personal development trainings - and even once for fun with a single group (years ago).

It's good to challenge us and those moments can prepare us for "the real world".

Jan 14, 2018 09:30 AM #33
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Good morning Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB .  Sometimes we learn a lot from perceived failure, don't we?  One failure can take us to amazing new heights.

Jan 14, 2018 09:54 AM #34
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Good morning, Anna!

Another way to learn balance and staying calm is with horses.  Riding a horse is all about balance.  If you are off balance, there is a good chance you will end up off the horse.  Plus, since horses mirror the riders, if you are nervous, the horse will be nervous and worry.  If you stay calm, the horse will also be calm.


Jan 15, 2018 06:47 AM #35
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Anna, balance and staying calm is key to overcoming tough situation, nice article.

Jan 15, 2018 08:40 AM #36
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Balance and calm is key to a happy life Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB but someting so many find difficult to do!


Jan 16, 2018 05:58 PM #37
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

That is true of many areas of life. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us!

Jan 16, 2018 07:39 PM #38
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Anna,

Definitely. If you want to stay alive, at some point, you have to overcome fear & push forward.

Jan 16, 2018 08:27 PM #39
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I could imagine that single feeling and memory of it is so inspiring.  Good for you!

Jan 16, 2018 08:58 PM #40
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Yikes - that looks scary.  Of course just climbing the telphone pole would be a challenge in itself.  Good job.  You reached the top and took in the view!

Jan 19, 2018 09:25 AM #41
Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Ormond Beach, FL
Premier Sotheby's International Realty

I’m not a fan of heights but I definitely try to maintain calm and balance in my life. Great story. Thanks for sharing. 

Jan 20, 2018 05:59 AM #42
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Story of my life with my life and my business, especially with the Feng Shui aspect.

Jan 23, 2018 06:07 PM #43
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida I have a story somewhere in my blog about Everest and it was pretty crazy. But you don’t have to go that far, I’m a little crazy that way.

Jan 23, 2018 06:08 PM #44
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