Rejoice in the lessons of Memorial Day

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with Kate Writes Right

When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless.  John Gardner

Today, we honor those that gave the ultimate service to others.  Not only do we take time to recognize their sacrifice and offer encouragement to those families that live on without those that we love...but we also can take what they have offered us and apply it to our every day approach to daily life.Memorial Day

Countless famous people have told us of the virtues of service.  Albert Swchweitzer said, "I don't know what your destiny will be but one thing I do know, the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."

We are in a profession that is often characterized by self-serving, greedy, pushy and inconsiderate people.  But we know that the truth is something quite different.  Although we can easily name those among us that fit the TV profile of selfishly rude, we can name a much larger number of real estate agents that work tirelessly for others...not only for the commission...but also to meet the needs of our clients...the real estate buyers and sellers.

An agent that used to work here in The Woodlands and she told me that often our work feels more like "mission work" because we often see people at their worst.  Let's face it, making a move is often extremely stressful.  If we can remain the "servant" to real estate sellers and buyers - while keeping our own boundaries and self-respect - our client lists will grow and multiply.

Thanks go to those that made the ultimate sacrifice.  To their loved ones we offer our support and acknowledgement.  And we thank you for your example that can be brought into our profession every single day.

Comments (4)

Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Wow, Kathi ... exceptional post.  Your words are golden today - especially today.  Take care and be well.

May 25, 2009 09:59 AM
Kathi Frank
Kate Writes Right - Houston Heights, TX
The Woodlands TX

Thanks Carol - As I reread the post, I can see that the concept is a little abstract.  Of course, there is no comparison to the sacrifice of service given by the military families.  However, I see some pretty big sacrifices being made by agents on a regular basis because they see our profession as being a service business.

May 25, 2009 10:58 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Kathi, I lost my mentor in February.  Her name was Lynn Moore.  She didn't work too much in The Woodlands so you probably did not know her.  Service was her first name.  She was one of the most caring people I have ever met and it carried through to her real estate.  Her clients were her mission and I know she often heard their life stories.

Memorial was very special to us this year.  Our son just got out of his second tour of Iraq in March and out of the Army in May.  He starts college at Montgomery on Monday.  I got all blubbery and ended up writing 3 Memorial Day post.

May 26, 2009 04:17 PM
Anonymous
Michelle

Mission work? Give me a break...

Aug 24, 2011 08:40 PM
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