let's get creative...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)

So, we're in the home stretch of the U.S. election for President, and it seems that the whole world is watching the drama of their political process.

The credit crunch continues to be a factor in everyone's thinking, and the richochet effect of the stock market has cost many people dearly.

House prices continue to fall, and value of hard assets is tumbling.

Now, there seems to be a growing concern over the validity of cash as a medium to protect one's capital. With the printing of so much paper currencies, globally, without a clear picture of what's backing same, and with a worry over inflationary pressures, it may be cancelling the old maxim that "cash is king". If so, we may see a turn to hard asset investment, in some areas (protected investment venues -- on the Gulf Islands, there's that Islands Trust!), perhaps only short-term.

What was that Chinese curse, again? Oh, yes..."may you live in interesting times".

Such global shifting, with everyone in the same boat, and no one exempt, is also a new feature, and may be highlighting the fact that we are now well and truly into the 21st Century, and it's definitely not "business as usual".

No road map out there, though!

It is a time, however, to remember that humans are creative beings. In shift moments, new opportunities present themselves, and if one is wrapped up in fear mode, with its blinkered approach to events, one will miss the new pathways. Also important to remember that being awash in data isn't being informed. We have to bring our editing function back to the table, so we can parse through all this seemingly evenly weighted data, to discover what is really information, and the way of the future.

Let's all take a brisk walk around the block, breathe deeply, ponder the stars, get some perspective, and allow ourselves to free float for a minute, so that we can leave blame and worry and past thinking behind, just for a good hour, and let our essential selves bring up some ideas for the "now". Let all ideas flow forth -- no editing at that point! Write them all down. Chew at them for a bit. Something will stick.

There's the path. Share your ideas, and get some sparks jumping between people...next thing you know, we'll be looking down the highway and not in the rear view mirror and that's the attitude that breeds progress and growth.

Your thoughts?

Always welcome!

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Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Way to much negative press depresses people and makes the problem worse in my opinion.  I won't allow myself to listen to the news more than twice a week , that gives me the update and still allows me to remain positive in my thinking and actions.  I believe it is way I'm still in business having opened my office in the beginning of the drop...  We are still selling homes... The market is down but not dead.... breather so life into it in your area....  Thanks for sharing. Diane

Oct 27, 2008 12:03 PM #1
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

It would be amazing if everyone chipped in and worked together wouldn't it?

Oct 30, 2008 06:02 PM #2

Very well said Li.  My father worked hard all his life, fought in several wars and saved every penny he could. His regret when after a major heart attack almost killed him was the advice he gave me. "Son, take the time to stop and smell the roses". 

Oct 31, 2008 09:12 AM #3
Dan Brudnok, REALTOR
Keller Williams RE- Exton - PA License Number #RS225179L - Downingtown, PA


Active Rain was a hospice for me when I needed to hear that I was not alone in what I was having happen to me and that there are alternative's to try.....

The sharing of ideas here has made a BIG difference in my outlook and I hope that I have been able to pass that alone to others.

Oct 31, 2008 09:15 AM #4
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