The Advent Of Your Umbrella People

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

I think in life as REALTORS, Stagers, Mortgage Professionals, and others working in the housing industry oftentimes we are called to act as "umbrella people." These are those who handle problems, take care of messes, solve problems, bring their knowledge and experience to bear to work through a situation, and basically to metaphorically speaking make sure you stay dry on a very rainy and cold day.

UmbrellasBut what about this topic in all of your life? Have you noticed

The Advent Of Your Umbrella People?

People come to you it seems when you exactly need them. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Guardian angels arrive right on time. You are hungry and you are fed. You are cold and someone gets you a coat or a blanket. Sometimes all this happens without even asking. Do you believe everything happens for a reason? Do you believe there are NO coincidences in life?

Those who "just happen" to come along to be your friend, to love you, to support you, to even just make you laugh, it is very eerie how it happens. On your darkest day in a hospital room with someone who has just passed away, your next smile may be as near as just the next bed or a hallway away.

I have seen these umbrella people show up, sometimes stay in your life, or are there just to get you through that period of rain and then they are off to brighten other lives once their mission with you is complete. Have you seen this magical side of life too? Keep your eye out for these ones with the umbrellas. They just may be angels sent to you in disguise.

Comments (41)

Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

Gary - Love the term 'umbrella person.'  I have had quite a few of them in my life - people who came around just at the right time!  I agree with William that there are many such people on AR!  What a great read.  Thanks!


Apr 16, 2009 01:31 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Gary-You know how I feel about angels and umbrella people-This line in your post

 People come to you it seems when you exactly need them. (I have experienced that. I have two in my life and that is awesome)Things do happen for a reason. Tune for you<SMILE>

Apr 16, 2009 01:47 PM
Peggy Wester
Realty Executives Integrity - Grafton, WI
Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County

I definitely believe we all have umbrella people. It's comforting when they appear -- almost feels like a weight is lifted. I think they also show up in other forms, as well, like as a song on the radio that helps guide you through something you may be going through. Happened to me a couple hours ago -- was a kind of an "aha moment" for me.

Apr 16, 2009 02:15 PM
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


It is a lot of those umbrella people that make the whole thing come together at times, and I would be lost without them


Apr 16, 2009 03:11 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Umbrellas....We are there to handle change!!  I love this Gary!!! 

Apr 16, 2009 03:25 PM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

They come and go....and what we all do in between is what all is relevant...and happens for a reason :)

Apr 16, 2009 04:32 PM
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Gary - So true ... and beautiful.  It is having the awareness of things like this that makes life so special.  Have faith - jump and the net will appear !


Apr 16, 2009 11:32 PM
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Gary - truly you have to be one of the most creative bloggers in AT! THanks for this!

Apr 16, 2009 11:34 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones


I do believe in "umbrella people." Thank you for this insightful's causing me to reflect on how many of these people come into and yes out of our lives. I really like your term..great analogy! 

Apr 17, 2009 12:00 AM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Please send me Umbrella Cowboys. ;-)

Apr 17, 2009 01:21 AM
Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Hi Gary...this reminds me of a song by one of my favorite Canadian artists, Gorden Lightfoot...I think you'll enjoy it :-)

Apr 17, 2009 01:59 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Recently, I've added more umbrella people to my life. I've got more listings and buyers than I know what to do with right now. So something had to give. As a result, I've lined up more buyer's agents to offer the same exceptional service to my buyers and help guide them to buy their first home in Sacramento. But I couldn't do business without my title and escrow people, plus my wonderful loan officers, not to mention, my husband, who makes my life measurably easier through his support: last night we had deep-dish pizza. Yum.

sacramento agent

Apr 17, 2009 03:21 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is so true.  I have had many special umbrella people in my life and I would like to think that I have been an umbrella person for others.  Another inspiring and though provoking post, Gary!

Apr 17, 2009 03:48 AM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I have noticed through the course of my life we all tend to get exactly what we need when we need it the most. That includes umbrellas.

Apr 17, 2009 04:53 AM
Elaine Giamona
McCoy Real Estate and Property Management, Lincoln, CA - Lincoln, CA

Such truth in your blogs, especially this one.  I am a newbie to activerain.  May I have permission to repost your blog?  Haven't learned how to repost, short of cut and paste.  Your words can be of value to so many.  

A recent experience:  Monday rec'd a late email from local Assn. Realtors re class on Self-Directed IRA's the next day.  Two of us attended, despite an angry tooth in my mouth, because it was THE subject we'd been discussing.  Low and behold, there was THE company and rep who had been suggested to us by a financial planner.  AND one presenter (who travels US extensively) wants to be part of a seminar we'd been planning for retirees in our community.  Amazing "coincidence", although I don't believe in that word.  If we focus on what we can do to help others, the ways appear, and we also benefit.  Zig Ziglar knows his stuff.    Thanks again.  Elaine Giamona, Lincoln, California.

Apr 17, 2009 06:33 AM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Gary, I love the term Umbrella People. I have never heard it before. i have shared this post with a couple of friends who will appreciate your insight.

Apr 17, 2009 02:51 PM
Kathleen Frawley
Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento - Wilton, CA
South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404

Gary, You ARE an umbrella person.  Another great inspirational post...I may become a Gary groupie (do you have a band?)

Apr 17, 2009 06:31 PM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Funny how these people show up when we least expect them, and need them the most.

Apr 18, 2009 03:15 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Gary - What a wonderful post and it really doesn't rain enough in Vegas for me to be a Umbrella Person (just kidding)!

I think your post is very deep and some may not really understand it's meaning!

Vegas Bob

Apr 22, 2009 12:27 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Gary - By the way your post has been featured at LOVE AT ACTIVERAIN!

Apr 22, 2009 12:30 PM