Fire in The Rain --- --- Your Gift is Life

Real Estate Agent with Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc.

Greetings my fellow Rainers, my name is Darrel and the purpose of this post is to unite for a few moments as many of the hearts and minds of you, my fellow participants in this remarkable community for a very unique and special task.


For two days now I have been pondering doing this and my repeated readings over the past months about the power of the rain within the post from so many of you has convinced me that yes this is not only ok but in truth the right thing to do and the right place to do it.


We live in a world where few take the time to pause and see what is really occurring around them.  Our days are filled with personal issues of such consuming importance that we often forget that we are an individual part of a huge a community of like souls which spring from a common element.  Consumed by our struggle we take our fight personally and forget that the common element from which we each come forth may just be the saving Grace we are seeking in our moments of greatest need.


Do you believe in Magic, have you read The Secret or watched the film, do you believe in a higher Source, have you ever felt your connection to everything around you, have you ever tried to focus the power of your mind on a particular task that you wish to accomplish or believed that deep within you possess a personal power that if you could only harness; you would have everything you ever wanted in your life?


I personally say yes to all of the above.  I believe in possibility.  The possibility of anything and I know we are not the powerless individuals our egos and minds would have us think.  My goal here is to enlist your help in a project.  It won't cost you anything but about 180 seconds of your time but its potential reward is mind bending.  If you are willing to give up 180 seconds of your life to make a difference in someone else's life you are indeed a remarkable and special person and I thank you in advance for that.


Although I have been a member of this community for about 7 or 8 months, I didn't really get my feet wet so to speak until about four months ago.  I wanted to build my struggling business; I wanted to learn to use the internet because I understood that it is the way of the future and most of all I wanted to learn about blogging. 


Active Rain has proved to be fertile ground for someone with seeds of hope and within so many of the post I that have read in the past months I was pleased to discover that there were hundreds of caring and honest individuals who were willing to give of themselves to help others such as myself who were struggling with the things they had themselves come to know and understand.


This entire post is about one such individual.  I came to know Karen George initially by reading one of her post about SEO.  So impressed by her knowledge and willingness to share it, I subscribed to her blog.  I eagerly waited for every new post because I was hungry for all the wisdom about this I could find.  I even went backwards to try to pick up everything I had missed in my pre AR days.  I grew to love her wit and insight but was really taken back by how willing she and so many others here were to give of themselves for people they didn't even know. 


To the point... Two days ago I read her latest post and what in effect was what may be the last one we get to see for sometime while she undergoes another bout with chemotherapy. 

See what I didn't know was that while she was so graciously sharing her wisdom with you and I she had for the past two years been waging  a battle of enormous proportions in her personal life.

To admit being floored by this news would be an understatement but to me the most amazing part of this was learning that she had been quietly struggling with her personal battles and all the time without complaint or asking for anything in return while giving so unselfishly of herself to help people like me with seemingly such minor problems as SEO issues. 

What an incredible giver this lady is; the love she holds in her heart for life and her fellow human beings is admirable.  THANK YOU KAREN

Please note that the only communications I have ever had with Karen was through her blog and my comments on it.  In her most recent post she told us all about her situation and pointed us to her other blog where she posted thoughts and trials from the beginning.  I went to that journal and read it from start to finish and I will say that there was more than one moment that my eyes were filled with tears, not tears of sorrow but rather tears of compassion, love and amazement at this lady's courage and strength.  She is a testament for us all and I encourage you to read it.


Ok, here we go.  To give you more back ground on my request I will point you to Fire the Grid (read The Story)where you can read where and how I came up with this idea.  Please if you can spare the time go there and read how the friends and family of Shelly Yates accomplished the impossible.


The project:  Close your office door or find someplace quiet, close your eyes and think peaceful and loving thoughts, offer to your Source your gratitude for your life's blessings and see yourself as the bundle of energy you really are. 


Once you have reached a place where you feel love and happiness fill your being, focus your thoughts on Karen.  Send to her your love; send her a tiny bit of your infinite healing energy.  Visualize it flowing from you to her and see her receiving it. 

See your energy join hers and become a vital part of her healing process and give it to her freely with all the love you can muster.  Offer thanks to yourself for giving and to Karen for receiving it and know that you have indeed accomplished your part of what some will call a miracle.  Hold gratitude in your heart for the rest of the day and see the difference it makes in your day for stepping beyond yourself and reaching out to another fellow human.

Your thoughts and energy will travel to her, she will receive them and they will add to her arsenal the most formidable of weapons that anyone could possess; Love. 

See my friend Love can make a difference in every situation.  In times such as Karen knows right now, Love does make all the difference.

So I ask you; Please join with me and give a tiny part of yourself for the betterment of our world.  Lets join our forces and help Karen get back here doing what we have come to know and love her for.  We all will benefit by her continued presence.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and a triple thank you for giving 180 seconds of your precious time and for sharing your energy with another branch on our tree.  You will find strength in your deed that will in turn serve you in your times of need.

There are over 41,000 members in our community, never let it be heard that we are powerless.  Together we can accomplish the impossible.

Note: For those of us who want to read of something else being done for Karen and her Family please read:

copyright Darrel Quebedeaux Aug 8, 2007


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Sondra Sheckler Realtor,ABR,SRES,Historic Home Specialst
Coldwell Banker, Award Of Excellence & Million $$ Producer - Knoxville, TN


I will be paying Ms. Karen a personal visit (via AR) soon -- tonight -- right now, I have four hungry children calling my name, but when I can sit down and truly give her the thought that she so desperately needs and the attention that I want to give her in writing to her, I will do so.  Thank you for bringing this to light, you are so right in that we forget, we get so busy with our lives, that we just forget about others and we make the assumption that "all is well" but everyone has a story, if we will stop and listen and when its all over, our days when they are over -- I want to say "I have no regrets stopping for my family and friends" I highly doubt I'll be saying "WOW, I am so proud that I've worked so hard all of my life" and not know that I took the time for others, our friends, our family -- the relationships are the importance in our lives, not work.


Aug 10, 2007 08:42 AM #7
Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA


Thank you Sondra for your thoughts and your deeds.  You are a kind and loving soul, we are all connected we only need to show it.  Working connected gets us far greater that standing alone.

Aug 10, 2007 05:06 PM #8
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon
Darrel there are a ton of us pulling for Karen - thank you for taking the time to write this - and thank you for being a caring and compassionate person
Aug 10, 2007 07:29 PM #9
Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA
Thesa, My thanks to you for taking the time to make a comment.  It does a heart good to know others of a like mind abound.  Your visit is a blessing to both Karen and I.
Aug 10, 2007 07:37 PM #10
abka defg
Fountain Hills, AZ

Darrel - I just ready Karen's post this morning! She certainly has a lot of friends here on Active Rain pulling for her. Its so kind of you to offer your support in this way. 

Aug 11, 2007 07:10 AM #11
Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Darrel- That was a beautiful post! Don't read many like that often enough! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Aug 11, 2007 07:28 AM #12
Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA

Bonny, thank you for taking the time to read this and also for leaving your comments.  I appreciate it and I know Karen shall as well.  Please encourage all you know to come by and to send her healing thoughts.  It does make a difference in someone's struggle to know and feel the support of their friends.

Thank you

Aug 11, 2007 01:46 PM #13
Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA

Bill and Barbara Jo, thank your for your kind words, it was a pleasure to share my words for Karen with you.  I do so believe that we are all connected and that it is at times in ones life such as Karen is currently dealing with that our connections to each other matter most.  It is an honor to make the effort for her benefit.

Thank you.

Aug 11, 2007 01:53 PM #14
Mary McGraw
GLREA - Rockford, MI
2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine!
Darrel - As I practiced your excercise I literally felt goosebumps through my arms and tingling - massaging fingers actually - around my scalp. I know it is the energy going out to Karen. Thank you for helping me to take the time and give positive energy to one around me who needs it. Blessings to you for this and the links you provided. I will read them now.
Aug 27, 2007 04:21 PM #15
Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA

Mary, Thank you for taking the time and giving your effort to this cause.  There is far more to we Humans than we shall ever see looking back at us in the mirror.  We are infinitely greater and far more powerful than we could possibly imagine, not only that but we are all connected by invisible threads of energy that flow from the source through each of us and into all things which surround us. 

By making the effort to reconnect we can revitalize one and other when there is the need.  All that is required is a genuine desire and making the effort to do so.

I am pleased you felt something within yourself that here to fore had been unrecognized, this newfound wisdom is now a gift that shall be with you for all of your days and now you have an idea of the magnificent gifts we receive by the act of giving.


Aug 27, 2007 07:50 PM #16
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Darrel, thanks for caring. I have never met Karen just know her by her sharing. I hope the best for her.

Sep 04, 2007 11:35 PM #17
Sandra Cummings
William Raveis Real Estate - Guilford, CT
Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut
Darrel - her husband just posted an update on Karen and she needs this now more than ever.
Sep 05, 2007 08:28 AM #18
Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA

Frank, Thank you for taking the time to read my words and thank you for your thoughts and energy to Karen.  I only know Karen from her words and giving but she touched something deep in my soul and I just have to do what i have to do.  Little things make a big difference.  Thank you for trusting that this is of genuine benefit to her.

Sandra, Thank you for your heads up.  I went straight to Michaels post and promptly left my thoughts. 

To all Active Rainer's: 

The darkness of the night is greatest just before the dawn.  Let that be our inspiration, I ask you all to once again join me in this effort, please take the time, devote a few minutes to this, you can not just say yes I agree with it and think that you have done it.  To accomplish any task requires an action.  You must take the time and do the deed for it to count.  That is how the universe works. 

I am humbled by your generosity of spirit and I thank you all.

Sep 05, 2007 09:51 AM #19
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
Thanks, Darrel, for giving all of us something useful and helpful to do. Thoughts and prayers truly do make a difference.
Sep 05, 2007 03:09 PM #20
Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA

Sharon, I am honored by your visit and kind words.  You are correct, thoughts and prayers are real viable things and do make a difference.  I want a miracle, nothing less, together we will make it happen.


Sep 05, 2007 03:40 PM #21
Edith Wharton
Cottage and Loft Realty - Midlothian, VA
Realtor - Chesterfield VA

Darrel, this post was beautifully written. Thanks for sharing it with me. ;0)


Karen can use all the support we can possibly give.


Sep 07, 2007 02:21 PM #22
Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA
Thank you for visiting Edith, I agree completely and I welcome all who will join me in this endeavor.
Sep 07, 2007 05:08 PM #23
Rick Grand
nowhere - Eugene, OR
What a great post Darrel. Active Rain has definitely become a caring place and the sincerity that people have around here is amazing!
Sep 13, 2007 03:59 AM #24
Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA

Rick, I thank you for taking the time to read and to post your nice comment.  I was truly taken by Karen's generosity and I to this day continue to feel that way because she in-spite of her troubles is still giving of herself to so many here.  Most do not know of her struggles and that is how she would prefer it but I for one think this lady is a sterling example of the human character and I want to do all I can to help her continue her work and find good health once again.

I hope you also took the time to partake in this most worthy cause by offering a short meditation for her.  We are far more that we see ourselves as and I know that this works.  It does require going through the motions as though one knows and expects it to work.  I am honored for you being a part of it.  Thanks.

Sep 13, 2007 09:57 AM #25
Lynn Grice

Darrel, that was beautifully written. I beleive every word of it and always have . We just need everyone to beleive it. I will tale time out for Karen and may GOD speed. Thanks for being you.  Lynn

Aug 21, 2008 05:45 AM #26
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