Leading The Unhurried Life ~ You Might Want To Try It!!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737


"I could dance with you till the cows come home. Better still, I'll dance with the cows and you come home." Groucho Marx from the 1933 film Duck Soup.

I read a fascinating blog post today from Maya Bailey that had a thought in it that some things "that maybe true for you, but it's not true for me". It made me think of the hurry everyone is in, and like waiting for the cows to come home, I vow to lead the "unhurried" life, despite what the world says I should do.

I'm as over there on the Type A scale, driven, impatient, as the next real estate professional to get results. But do we have to be CRAZY about everything in the fast pace of our lives? I realize with Facebook, and Twitter and Active Rain and all sorts of social media and technology gizmos the world is begging us to hop on board that train and go 100 mph down the track.

But my simple question is this to all the hurried types: Who is driving the train? And maybe secondarily why are you so in a rush to get there? Is there a fire you have to get to like your house is burning down? Not likely. There is a real art form of living in just slowing down, at least to know YOU are the one in control and not the other way around with life controlling you.

Leading The Unhurried Life ~ You Might Want To Try It!!

At least until the cows come home...

Cows Walking


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Jackie Cross
Real Living All Florida Realty - Port St Lucie, FL

I tried the unhurrried life this past year when I took off for nearly 6 months to rest and try something different.  Had a great time and really did not want to come back but one has to make a living (unless you are independantly wealthy).

Jan 14, 2010 06:01 AM #92
Kathy Opatka
Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches

Hhhmmm.... If I slow down, WHO is going to get all this "stuff" done????  The alarm goes off between 5:30 & 6:00 and I hit the floor running!  The shoes come off and the covers turn down around 11pm!  But I must say...... I have SOME FUN each and every day!  I just need someone to pay the bills, clean the house, cook, grocery shop,etc.  Then I could have even MORE FUN daily!

Jan 14, 2010 06:25 AM #93
Judy Orr
HomeSmart Realty Group - Orland Park, IL
SW & Near West Chicago suburbs

I consider myself to be a Type B personality but also a control freak.  So I handle real estate my way which makes me successful and I love it.  I also take whole days off to spend with my family, I travel as much as possible and enjoy the combination of life and work.

Jan 14, 2010 06:29 AM #94
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Please move those cows off the road so I can get to my next appointment!

It is my intention to enjoy life a bit more in 2010 than I did in 2009--that was one hectic year!

Jan 14, 2010 09:15 AM #95
Sonya Loose
Modern Realty - Beaverton, MI
The Lake Girl,Selling Waterfront in Gladwin County

Ahhh, the quest for balance in your life.  Trying to be many things to many people getting stressful, very stressful.  I am trying to not hurry so much and take my time with personal things that I use to rush through so I get help some one else.  Just those few extra seconds allow me to be more clear headed and organized.  Thanks for the post and reminder to...slow down!

Jan 14, 2010 09:23 AM #96
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Thanks for this timely reminder, Gary!    We only have the "now" (the fragility of life is brought home to us again, with the tragedy in Haiti), so why are we dashing through it, not really focused?

Jan 14, 2010 09:35 AM #97
Barbara Charlton
inactive - license is on ice with State of MN - Lakeville, MN

Thank you. Sometimes the greatest gift is to give someone permission to slow down and B-R-E-A-T-H-E.  I get as spun up as anyone else in this biz, but have been trying to be conscious about taking a bit more time and "relaxing into it."  It all still gets done on time, and I'm a happier Barb!

Jan 14, 2010 10:11 AM #98
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Haiti is definitely the reminder for us all.    What a sad tragedy!   We need to slow down and focus on what is the most important - family, hopefully, around us....

Jan 14, 2010 11:27 AM #99
Doug Patterson
Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge - Winston-Salem, NC
CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge


You are so right!   all this stuff we do, seems to be endless and sometimes worrisome.  My life is onlly enhanced by my close friends and family....PLUS my business friends and families.  It's a fine balance and I'm not quite there yet.

Great points!  Thanks!

Jan 14, 2010 12:23 PM #100
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

A lot of this technology stuff is over hyped. People feel guilty if they are not using the latest technology and don't spend enough time face to face with people.

Jan 14, 2010 01:07 PM #101
Carly Gonzalez
eXp Realty - Austin, TX
Carstin Team

I make an effort to slow down often, but it takes constant self-reminders.  My family comes first, though, so I often postpone things that don't have to be done immediately.  That's not always a good thing, but my kiddos are still young, so I want to enjoy them as much as possible.

Jan 14, 2010 02:35 PM #102
Alexsandra Stewart
Remax equity group - Portland, OR
Broker - Portland Oregon Real Estate

Yes - Life in the slow lane -- at least once in awhile -- is good for the soul, great  for health - family and friendships, as well as clients.  thanks for the reminder - I sometimes forget to pay attention to me and slow time for me. 

Jan 14, 2010 03:36 PM #103
Jami Van Den Bogaert
RE/MAX House of Brokers - Springfield, MO

Great post. This is something I am really trying to work on. My end vision of what I am working toward is what drives me so hard. I need to learn to enjoy every day though and not just do everything for the future.

Jan 14, 2010 03:42 PM #104
Jenny Durling
L.A. Property Solutions - Los Angeles, CA
For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758

I'm with Missy- if I can find a way to pay someone else to get things off my place, that's what I'll do. There are just not enough hours in a day to do EVERYTHING and still have time to stop and smell the roses. (better than cow dung!)

Jan 14, 2010 04:17 PM #105
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Thank you all for the continued comments on living an unhurried life. This topic definitely struck a chord I suppose (or you liked the cows LOL), but life is too short to be rushing around ALL THE TIME. I will toss my handheld computing / phone device some day into the lake and move to Montana and live on a ranch I swear. Lots of insight with the comments.

Jan 15, 2010 11:07 AM #106
Beverly Femia
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Hampstead, NC
Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are

As soon as I have time, I'll slow down!  I want to, I really do....

Jan 15, 2010 11:10 AM #107
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON


At the end of the day, dancing because you want to or dancing because you have to makes all the difference in the world.


Jan 16, 2010 02:10 AM #108
Lynn Johnson
Coldwell Banker Home Connection - Owatonna, MN
Owatonna, MN Real Estate

Gary - as usual, you brought up a topic that holds a great deal of meaning for so many of us.  Through some of the recent changes we've experienced in this business I've had the chance to slow down and experience more of "life" - and what do you know - it's been really enjoyable.  I love being busy with my business, but have also been able to pursue many other recreational activities making my life more complete.  I guess this economic change was the catalyst I needed to understand that there's more to life than being busy with work.

Jan 16, 2010 06:47 AM #109
Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux
Keller Williams Suburban Realty - West Orange, NJ
Where Buying & Selling Works

Gary, I simply LOVE the cow pix and the thought of this post. Stop. Listen. Learn. Stopping is the complicated part.

Jan 28, 2010 08:52 AM #110
Sabrina Shaw
Royal LePage Westside - Richmond, BC


Truer words never spoken! I can bashfully attest to being a 'hurried agent'.

 Dashing here and there in an effort to please (and make that cash, build that business).

Well today?

I'm down with a nasty bug. Rather more flat -out and outside of the odd trip back to kitchen for tea and Kleenex I'm spending the 'work day' in bed.

A recent series of stressy-events have got my attention too, as though my body is saying

"Girl, you better start taking it easier". So thanks for the reminder Gary.

Loving those cows today.


Sabrina in Vancouver



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