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In Life and Business Are You the Giving Tree?

You blog, you email, you answer questions over the phone freely, without an immediate expectation (i.e. money) of coming back to you.  You do this freely, sometimes invigorated by the sheer enjoyment of helping someone.  Your behavior is altruistic and you cannot think of another way to be.

I believe that when I began to blog my nature changed.  I don't like to consider that I was selfish, but I am In business and life are you a giving tree?sure I was.  Helping family and friends came naturally, as it does for many.  Helping strangers and extending a hand of friendship in business....well, blogging opened the window to that world for me.

I would almost go so far as to say that blogging has saved my business soul.  In times now, where prospect to close time frame is much longer for me than in years past, I turn to my blog to rekindle a generous spirit so that I think not of bills but of cultivating relationships that will have impact in my life, both personally and professionally. 

I have learned that while push marketing has a place, pulling, planting, cultivating, and growing my garden is worth the wait.

In times of anxiousness or concern over keeping steady business closing I try to ground and center myself.  My blog is a core of this center.  A wealth of self-discovery and open sharing for me. 

One recent evening gazing at my family's bookshelf I stumbled across the old story by Shel Silverstein, the Giving Tree.  It helped stir a bit of meaning into my doubts and reinforced my discovery that I have made a choice to be a Giving Tree, in Life and in Business.

It stirred some words in me.  Please allow me to wax a little poetically,

 

I went outside

'Tis so sultry

Not a leaf stirs on the tree upon which I gazed

Not a breathe of wind caresses its branches

Everyday it still stands

 

Creatures inhabit this tree

These inhabitants rustle their limbs up this tree's trunk

They jump on its branches

They burrow in its leaves

They seek nourishment, comfort, a home

This tree. It still stands

 

This tree has worn grooves into the earth

Burrowed its roots

She is proud

She is strong

She rises almighty

She thirsts for rain

She still stands

 

There was a rainstorm a month ago

The thunder cracked her whip down on this tree

And broke one of her limbs

It tumbled to the ground

I did not know of the occurrence 'til morning

I slept through the branch cracking and twisting in the wind and rain

Falling to the ground In the morning

I surmised what had passed

This tree. She still stands

 

Tonight I gazed upon this tree

She is of great comfort to me

She rises to her occasion

She has burrowed her roots

She is proud

She is strong

She rises almighty

She thirsts for rain

Tonight not a breathe of wind caresses her branches

Creatures inhabit her

They rustle their limbs up her trunk

They jump on her branches

They burrow in her leaves

They seek nourishment, comfort, a home

This tree. She still stands

It's an Everyday Lesson for me to be a Giving Tree

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Business and Life Are You The Giving Tree?


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Lisa Heindel
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Rebecca, I've seen my own attitude change from the time I started blogging as well.   Where I used to be afraid to voice my opinion, I'm brave (well, braver anyway).  Where I used to think that those with more experience were somehow better at my profession, I know now that experience does not equal competence.  And watching the sharing that goes on in our cyber community, there is no way I could take it all in and not give some of it back.  Those are my changes...and they sound a lot like yours :)

Jul 13, 2009 06:00 AM #1
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Monica Bourgeau
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Nice post Rebecca - I hope I'm a giving tree :)
Jul 13, 2009 06:00 AM #2
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Katiejo Franks
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Nice post. It makes us all in better check within ourselves.

Jul 13, 2009 06:01 AM #3
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Dennis Chanski
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That is fantastic!  I think that we are all giving tree's, some are larger than others, but regardless of size we all give something, and always continuing to branch out.  DAC

Jul 13, 2009 06:13 AM #4
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Rebecca I know mine has changed also. Planting more kernels in spring does yield in a better harvest in fall.
Jul 13, 2009 06:46 AM #5
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Larry Story
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Rebecca very nice and as for the end I always use to read The Giving Tree to my children it is a great lesson for them to learn.

Jul 13, 2009 06:56 AM #6
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Ryan Shaughnessy
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Shel Silverstein was an insightful man. I loved his children's books and have purchased almost all of them as gifts for my niece and nephew. Giving Tree is excellent. I also enjoyed reading the Missing Piece. Great storylines - and not just for kids.
Jul 13, 2009 07:01 AM #7
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Rebecca, You are bringing back some memories. Two favorites are A Light in the Attic + Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Jul 13, 2009 09:02 AM #8
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Lisa- Your changes are much like mine.  I agree about the competence vs. experience.  Mindset and a willingness to change- i.e. grown and learn, can override experience.

Monica- Reading your posts and your work on tweetups, your commenting on other blogs, I would have to say YES.

Katiejo- I need to remind myself of this daily.

 

Jul 13, 2009 12:21 PM #9
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Dennis- This is true, and some seem to have this gift innately, but we all learn and grow and even as we give and feel as if we are the stump, there is always something else to give, making us grow.....least that's my two cents:)

Jul 13, 2009 12:23 PM #10
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Tom- Yes and planting kernels year round brings a more consistent crop.

Larry- It is a great story for all ages:)

Ryan- Missing Piece is a great one.  I still have the copies from my childhood that are now my childrens' books.

Jul 13, 2009 01:11 PM #11
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
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Margaret- Oooh those are awesome ones:)

I don't recall which book but I like the poem about Cythia Stout who wouldn't take the garbage out.

Jul 13, 2009 01:16 PM #12
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Christine McInerney
Great Life RE - Knoxville, TN
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Great analogies- I love the book the "Giving Tree" such a good lesson can be learned from that book

Jul 14, 2009 02:49 AM #13
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
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Christine and Jennifer- It's a wonderful story and your right, a great lesson can be learned.

Jul 14, 2009 04:24 AM #14
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Shel, is my favorite author of all time and that is one of my favorite books also. I believe you have to give to get, whatever you give, you will eventually get back 10 x as long as you do it without expectations.

Todd Clark - www.LivingBeaverton.com

Jul 21, 2009 07:01 AM #15
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
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Todd- "....as long as you do it without expectations". Very true.

Jul 21, 2009 08:04 AM #16
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