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At times, I can be the most cynical guy in the room.  This moment won't be one of those times.

As 2008 nears to an end, there's a lot of stuff screwed up right now.  We live in interesting times.  I dare say that economically, most of us won't see this again in our lifetime.  That's the good news.

The bad news is we have challenges before us.  Sorry, this ain't euphoria.  In challenging times, we can fly or die... I'd like to think there is no in between.  Yet, there is.  Most of us are already there.

I see that "in between" as a spirit of sorts.  It rides upon the survival of one of the more unique species land has held.  That would be us.  You know, that group of imperfect characters chasing acorns in a big & mysterious world... that's us.  We seem to be a pretty persistent part of survival in this world.  At least we'd like to think so:)

I've been doing some heavy thinking recently, which is the second reason smoke is billowing from my humble abode.  While happiness seems to be our divine bottom line, I do wonder about us... about me.  Am I going to be okay?  Are we? 

If you are like me, you've read a lot of facts and figures and watched plenty of the news.  If you aren't like me, you are probably just bombarded by it.  I admire the folks that own no cell phone, have no internet, and haven't payed a cable bill in ten years.  At least they live in reality rather than have the perception of reality thrust upon them by various outlets of the media.

Times are a bit turbulent, ladies and gents.  How's that for my role in playing master of the obvious?  I suppose I should answer the question that this title asks.  My answer is quite simple, "I don't know for a fact but I'm pretty damn sure."  I do know that we are some resilient mother pluckers and we don't sit by to let someone else sort things out.  The blessed part of the answer to the question posed is that we always know.  It's within.

I read somewhere recently that 94% of folks concentrate on the negative which leaves 6% of the people to pick up the optimistic slack.  I'm not sure where that statistic was pulled from but I'm guessing it might not be a far reach from the truth.  Especially in challenging times such as these.  I suppose it is easy to play the part of looking at all the negatives without equally recognizing the layers of light that always accompany them.

Far be it for me to be the rose colored messenger to the masses, but strength in spirit is our greatest gift.  There are signs of it in our history, our present, our outlook to the future.  It may not always be present in the outer workings of this world, leave it not dormant among the shadows of our souls.  There are no shadows without the light.  

So as we bring down the curtain on 2008, let hope, simple kindness, & human spirit lead us into another year on planet earth.  My guess is we will be just fine:)


Awakening it

The passion of the longing

For it is right there

It's life.  Smile and Dance.  I do, even if it is just inside:)



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Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team
RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs - Geneva, IL

Jason, so many posts like this this morning...  2009 and the future WILL be great!  Everyone is starting to get what's going on and everyone is on the same page about the need to improve things.  America, the best country on Earth, is like Donna Summer, she will survive!


Jan 01, 2009 12:19 AM #65
Debbie Summers
Charles Rutenberg Realty - New Smyrna Beach, FL

Jason - 2009 is full of potential... That is all that I'm focused on, making the most of the new year and leaving 2008 behind.

Jan 01, 2009 02:36 AM #66
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Jason: Yes, we'll be just fine. I believe it's all what we focus on. If the focus is on relationships which include family, friends, etc. how could we not be o.k.? In good times or bad, if your focus is correct you will prosper. These challenging real estate times will end and it will give those of left new perspective. I read somewhere the more thankful a person is the more thanks they receive. I want everyone to subscribe to that line of thinking. Have a wonderful day!

Jan 01, 2009 03:08 AM #67
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

I am so out of order:(

Joan Whitebook - Back at ya!

Mueller- Your "tweet" was the inspiration for the Haikus.  Congrats on that again, very impressive.  Glad you caught that.

Todd - You may be onto something.  In fact, I would bet my left earlobe that you are indeed correct.

Belonger - It's funny you mention that, I actually asked her to edit this one and she said to leave it be.  I churned it out and thought it was average at best.  As far as that statistic, I'm not sure how anyone could accurately calculate that... I found it interesting at best.  Hope you had a nice and somewhat sober New Year:)

Cat - Thanks!  I hope to use social media to its highest degree this year.  As shocking as this might be, your comment reminds me of a song:)

Carol - I think more are on your level than that "statistic" represents.  Have a wonderful 2009, I'm confident that you will.

Marilyn- It sure can be grueling on the psyche.  While I will probably never be the Tony Robbins of life, I'd rather my psyche and life be on the opposite side of the chronic negative crap (CNC):)

Bryant - Yup, you are a cockroach of sorts.  A damn fine one at that.  You are a survivor as is that lovely lady of yours.  She is in (and always will be) my thoughts and prayers. 

Chris - Agreed.  Perspective is an amazing trait.  Keep on keeping on:)

Liz - Thank you so much!  With my ego in check, I love your comment:)  I will check out your post.

Kris - Good analogy.  You are asking for it...

From Donna Summers to Debbie Summers:)  Welcome to 2009! 

Paul- There's that "focus" word again.  Gee, I wonder if that is muy importante.  Your points are stellar and true.  I've failed in those departments at times and will do my best to make sure my focus is the correct one.  Take care and I will see you around.

Jan 01, 2009 04:58 AM #68
Tim Hart
VanDyk Mortgage-Branch Manager - Fort Myers, FL

Your success and prosperity is within! Great post understanding that we all control our own fate.

Jan 01, 2009 05:37 AM #69
Isaac Bensussen
Pacific Coast Real Estate Group - La Jolla, CA


Most of us are a very resilient group of people so I believe we are going to make it. But I most add, if something goes wrong for you, God forbid, you could easily become a fiction writer. Anyone would publish you.

Jan 01, 2009 07:34 AM #70
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

You crack me up....

It wouldn't be New Years Day without stopping by to say Happy New Years to you, now Go Penn State!!

Jan 01, 2009 08:21 AM #71
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Hart Mortgage Services - We do control our own fate, I'm confident of that.  That's been my downfall/inspiring hope for 32 years.

Isaac - That's a high compliment.  Thank you for that.  Anyone publishing little old me... we'll see.

Missy - Wait till I bring out my smart ass sense of humor:)  Happy New Years Day to you as well.  As far as Penn State, I opt for Pitt or Notre Dame. 

Jan 01, 2009 01:16 PM #72
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jason, I had no idea that optimists were in such short supply!  Even though I consider myself to be the princess of rose colored glasses, somethimes this whole situation scares the crap out of me.

So, Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2009 03:04 PM #73
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Patricia - It scares me too.  Then again, being scared is a good thing... keeps you strong.  Tears can be the sweat your skin won't give away.  While I am scared, I'm also smirking.  There is a lot to be said for that:)

Jan 01, 2009 03:42 PM #74
Terry Rasner-Yacenda
Broker,Owner - Dreams Realty - Reno, NV
"Dreams Realty"

Hi Jason -- well I started a comment then POOF it was gone.  So, let me try it again.  I've just about had it with figuring out 2008 (I still have staff working on it -- optimists are great delegators).  Now, you've challenged me to focus on 2009, and all I see are dollar signs dropping into my bank account.  My hubby is nodding, grinning, and now he wants to give you a "high five" because your post brought out my indefatigable optimistic take on my real estate business.  John's got the handle on our spiritual matters, and our tithes and "God work" have been programmed into our lives.  So why not be optimistic: we've got the bases and base paths covered!

God bless you, and Happy Optimistic New Year!

Jan 02, 2009 12:16 PM #75
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Happy New Year to you Jason.  Let's all work hard to make 2009 a great year in Real Estate!  We can do it... attract the good stuff!!

Jan 03, 2009 02:17 PM #76
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Terry - Been there, it sucks... especially if you thought you made a pretty damn good comment/addition to the post:)  Give your husband a high five from yours truly, for your comment and for what we hold our future to be.

April - Happy New Year to you!  Working hard goes a long way... as does working smart.  I suppose we should do both.

Jan 03, 2009 04:34 PM #77
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
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'While happiness seems to be our divine bottom line'

That makes me think - several times I have thought about a time in the past and thought, 'that was one of the happiest times of my life.'

But at the time, I didn't know it, I didn't revel in it.  I didn't say or think, 'this is one of the happiest times of my life.'

Anyway, I am not going to plan anything.  At all.  I don't want to miss another 'happiest times of my life', which were never about money or business success.

Happy New Year, Jason.


Jan 03, 2009 05:56 PM #78
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Jason- First let me say Happy New Year to you :)  Now that that's out of the way....I want to say that yea, I think we'll be OK.  As someone above said maybe a little battered and bruised, but we'll be OK.  No one ever said life was easy, and this has been a reality check like no other for many. Now the trick will be when this is all said and done to remember the lessons learned, and not revert back to old behaviors.  Oh, and I am in that 6% if you hadn't guessed.  But it is optimism with a dose of reality sprinkled on it :)

Jan 05, 2009 12:51 PM #79
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Virginia - But at the time, I didn't know it, I didn't revel in it.  I didn't say or think, 'this is one of the happiest times of my life.'  I didn't either but I plan on evolving to there again and again.  Happy New Year to you as well:)

Kathy - Back at ya babe!  Seriously, what loan officer calls a Realtor "Babe"?  Me, I guess:)  I kind of figured you were in the 6% and I just may be as well.  Yet, I too recognize and hold the sprinkles quite dear.

Jan 05, 2009 03:37 PM #80
Gerry Suarez Jr.
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc. - Mount Dora, FL
Expert Home Loan Advisor

dude, sorry I'm so far behind in commenting... this was strong!

Great post and so true, it is within us all. Fight the good fight and revel in it. The time to lose hope is when you are 6' under, and truth is that may be the start of a whole new adventure!

Happy New Year to you and yours bro!

Gerry Suarez, Jr.

Your FHA Loan Pro!

Jan 06, 2009 12:33 AM #81
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Back at you, Gerry.  Thanks for everything!

Jan 06, 2009 01:16 AM #82
Alisha Harrison
John L. Scott, Belfair - Belfair, WA
Allyn, Belfair and Hood Canal real estate expert!

I really enjoy your writing. This post is incredible! And, I think you are spot on! I look forward to reading more of your insite! ~A:)

Jan 09, 2009 02:56 AM #83
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Wow, thank you so much Alisha!  See you around in 2009:)

Jan 09, 2009 03:47 AM #84
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