SHOULD I TRY TO HOLD UP THE SKY OR JUST ENJOY THE SUNSHINE

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Real Estate Agent with Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 CalBRE # 01188158

When reading all of the opinions expressed about our economy, the purported challenges are formidable...if not down right depressing.  This morning alone I have read such phrases as "most of us are worse off than three years ago"," ...we are in for another year of tough times" and "the Great Depression is still coming home to roost...".  Sure, there are rays of hope, but they are few and far between.

The question that immediately comes to mind is "What can I do about it?"  Certainly my vote counted forsomething this year.  After all, wasn't there a great upset?  I wish I had great faith that our government "gets it", but I am not optimistic.  History has proved otherwise.  I can certainly donate my time and what little bit of money I can spare (which isn't much, unfortunately).  What else?

I have often wondered what would happen if our economy completely failed.  We are still here.  Our families are still here.  Buildings and land is still here.  Are we going to struggle? Absolutely.  Is it going to get more depressing? No doubt. Are we going to die? I doubt it. 

So, what do we do about this economy?  I, for one, am just going to keep on keeping on.  I can't hold up the sky.  It is just too far away and intangible.  What I can do is enjoy my day-to-day life.  I will hug my grandchildren and shock my husband by cooking dinner more often.  I will give my dogs their daily quota of "cookies" and enjoy their adoration.  I will work all I can to support my family.  I will sculpt, walk, play sudoku and chat with my neighbors.  I will just keep living...the alternative isn't an option. 

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Carla Harbert
www.LorainCountyHomeSales.com - Avon, OH
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Catchy headline! I'm excited - just read a tabloid on our area with stats to back it up, our Cleveland Ohio area has predicted to hit bottom and back stabilized. I'll go with that.

Nov 16, 2010 09:54 AM #2
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Peggy Wester
Realty Executives Integrity - Grafton, WI
Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County

Paula -- I sometimes wonder if we shouldn't, in some small way, be grateful for these challenging times. They do seem to help so many of us see and understand what really is important in this thing we call life.

Nov 16, 2010 10:19 AM #3
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Paula, right on!  As long as we can all "drive" to get our "lattes" and "buy things we don't need" and sign our kids up for "karate" or "swim lessons" or "piano lessons" or "soccer"-----how bad can it really be?

Nov 16, 2010 10:34 AM #4
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Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Paula,

Even during our current challenges, there is no place on earth I would rather be.

Rich

Nov 16, 2010 11:29 AM #5
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Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi David!
From your lips to our governments ears!  I do think the mandate has been sent...now let's see how well it is received.  Things MUST change...we have run out of time for anythign else and I have to believe the public understands that it is going to hurt.  We just need to get out our aspirin for a while!

Hi Carla!
Sacramento has been (by many accounts) first and hardest hit by this economy.  We did start recovering and are now fairly stable. However, as I tell all of my clients, significant equity is still years off.

Hi Peggy!
Absolutely!  I think we are all spending more time with family and inexpensive entertainment...who'd a thunk board games would make a comeback!

Hi Charles!
I have gotten very fond of my bike lately...walking isn't a bad thing either.  Don't do the Starbucks/Peets Coffee thing so no problem there and my kids are now adults.  My temptations and waste?  Hmmm....love shopping at Target.  Guess there could be worse vices!

Hi Richard!
Right there with you!  I think most of us are still the luckiest people on earth...we just don't know it!

Nov 16, 2010 01:51 PM #6
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Kevin Nash
Shorewest Realtors, Metro Milwaukee - Germantown, WI
ABR, CSRS

Paula, good post, all I can do is what I can do. When I find myself in a funk, I get off my seat, on my feet and into the street! The Lord has always provided for me and I believe always will and as long as I'm going forward I'm not going backwards all will be fine.

Nov 18, 2010 02:09 AM #7
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

 Well done my friend, it certainly is better to accept it and move on! I also wanted to stop by and wish you a belated Happy Thanksgiving!  We ran the Austin Turkey Trot yeaterday and here is what we caught for dinner...Not really, I would not know where to begin as far as preparation! Heck, I am thankful I could pick up a bird from the local market! ;-D

Russell's trotting Turkey

I hope you had a good one and...maybe even  decide to skip the whole "Black Friday" shopping madness and actually relax!

Nov 26, 2010 06:06 AM #8
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Paula Swayne
Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715 - Sacramento, CA
Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga

Hi Russell!
I meant to wish you the same happy day...and just never got to my computer.  I knew you would  be doing some good thing for your city!  We have a "Run for the Hungry" here...one of my daughters, a niece and 2 good friends/co-workers ran it.  (God did not create me to run!)  I am not a shopping fanatic and can't imagine what people were thinking when they camped out for days in 30 degree weather just to get a few good deals!  I will mosey my way into shopping when I figure out what in the world I am purchasing!  I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one!  Take care!

Nov 26, 2010 01:58 PM #9
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Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

Have to agree with Rich about how great it is here. But like yourself I have concerns. It pays to look at the past to predict the future. We should all be tightening our belts a little more. And we should be concerned  about the government and the Fed.

Do you want to know how serious things are? Watch this cute little youtube program about treasaury bonds and money.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTUY16CkS-k&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Nov 29, 2010 02:30 PM #10
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Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

Boy, did I need to read this today! We can never achieve change without HOPE, and too many folks have lost that. Thank you for reminding us all to focus on the positive, Paula. Happy, Happy Holidays!

Dec 13, 2010 07:53 AM #11
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
Broker,CLHMS,GRI

Hi Paula, I just dropped by to visit and see what was new, not sure the whole political thing is going to get any better so i hope you are doing well and staying busy!

Dec 19, 2010 11:11 AM #12
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