Leave a trail

Real Estate Agent with Angelfish Properties, Inc.

I have escaped from home for a few days and yes, you've guessed it. I'm staying at a Marriott.  "Leave a trail of genius" is the slogan or motto on Marriott notepads and is featured throughout the hotel on various brochures and paperwork.

This little phrase generated some rather serious reflection today.  I began to wonder about my legacy and if I even had one.  What do I want people to remember about me when I am no longer around? That is to say, when I've moved on, either from this mortal coil, or relocated to Costa Rica as per my exit strategy!

We learned in a Vision Quest session today that we should, if we haven't already done so, determine our purpose, and put it into a few words, on paper.  I confess, I've struggled with that for years,   both from a spiritual level and a simplistic position of why am I doing what I'm doing. 


I've always ‘tested' as a RED.  Control freak, Gimme the bottom line, Don't  bore me with all the details, and if I've wanted something, I've always gone after it, and 99.9% of the time was not disappointed.  Yes, I've been blessed in many ways.

I've always been one after answers, and like things orderly.  I try very hard to be right. I've never enjoyed being under the influence because I don't like being out of control. Likewise, I don't like roller coasters, and prefer to drive(in the left lane) as opposed to riding shotgun, unless I'm sleeping. 

I enjoy leadership positions as the jobs seem easy to me. I don't mind decision-making and love working toward the betterment of any organization I belong to.  I like to think I play well with others, but I really don't know how to play. I just want to get the thing, whatever that is, done-efficiently and completely. Twenty years ago, I decided that I wanted a seat at whatever table where decisions were made about how I earned my living. That's when I worked toward becoming a Realtor® leader.

So back to leaving a trail of whatever...

I'd like to believe I've done no real harm. I hope I've left things I've touched somewhat better than I found them. I hope I've exhibited compassion and care for everyone, loving them as commanded.  But please, please get with the program, or get out of my way.  No genius, just decency.

My purpose will need a little more R and D. For tonight,  I will end with the following:

What motivates me? Why do I get out of bed every morning? Why do I do what I do?  Because it's what I'm supposed to do...

I think.


Posted by

Brenda Ballard
Angelfish Properties, Emerald Isle, North Carolina
252-241-0044 or 910-316-1717







Comments (5)

Dana Couch-Davis
Kendall Haney Realty Group - Memphis, TN

Sounds great Brenda.  I believe in this as well and look forward to time away from work and family.

Jan 20, 2010 01:06 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Brenda, reading this I think you very much are leaving a trail because you are a trail blazer!  All the best!

Jan 20, 2010 01:09 PM
Brenda Ballard
Angelfish Properties, Inc. - Emerald Isle, NC
At the Beach and Beyond!

Too funny, but sadly, here it is. Thanks for all the comments.

Jan 20, 2010 01:29 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I think all of us have been led to follow Christ's example when it comes to legacy,purpose, or SIGNIFICANCE. While he ministered to the multitudes, He purposessly POURED Himself into the lives of 12 people ! Who are my 12 ?(the actual # is not important). When I'm gone who will I pass the torch to ? Otherwise will anyone remember I was ever here ?

Jan 20, 2010 11:39 PM
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Brenda, I think this is your best blog ever.  You really got me thinking about why I'm here and what my legacy will be.  I'm sure you know that you and I are cut from the same cloth in so many ways.  I can say without hesitation that you have definitely improved the two organizations in which we are both involved.  You have been a leader and a mentor for so many of us and we have never thought for one second to question your ethics.  They are obviously well developed.

I think we often worry more than we should about our legacy because the truth is in the big scheme of things we are not even as big as a grain of sand.  So I like the little slice I take from the Hippocratic oath and try to simply "DO NO HARM."  I hope that's enough.

Jan 22, 2010 02:06 AM