Being Thankful

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Yesterday I got an email from my closest girlfriend in Edmonton that her Condo Building had a major fire on the 16th floor and they had all been evacuated. This is a large building with many residents. They are all displaced and it's Grey Cup weekend in Edmonton. She managed to find a place to stay for three nights and her and her significant other will move in with her mother until this is all settled.

I talked to her last night and very early this morning. She said " No one died, everyone got out, I didn't even think of my belongings or my artwork ( she is an artist) .  She knows it will be a long haul to work everything out but she said she will take it one day at a time.

She & I have been friends for almost 20 years now. Listening to her, I thought, wow, in the face of sudden, unexpected negative change would we all be so gracious?

Lori is a great human being with a wonderful heart ant the right attitude - she is grateful in all circumstance.

I am thankful that everyone got out of that building and that I can still hear my best friend laugh!

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in United States, and in Canada may we celebrate a little with our neighbors.

What are you thankful for?

Comments (17)

Devona Garrigus
Garrigus Real Estate - Redlands, CA
REALTOR® / Short Sale Specialist

Debbie - Thank god no one got hurt! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!! I do believe that if we focus on what we are appreciative for, it can help us have a great holdiay season!

Nov 24, 2010 11:22 AM
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi Debbie -


I am thankful to hear everyone made it out of that building alive! And of course I am thankful for my family and my friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2010 01:19 AM
David Mayes
Realty ONE Group - Mission Viejo, CA

Thank you for sharing your friends story. Thanksgiving allows us all an opportunity to slow down and reflect on what is really important in life: God, family and friends.

Nov 25, 2010 01:42 AM
Jayne Anderson
Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty - Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Hello Debbie,

Happy Thanksgiving to you, family and friends!

As a retired CT State Trooper and having experienced several structure fires, I am happy to hear all of the occupants made it out of the building safe and sound.

I am grateful to be able to embrace and cherish the beliefs passed down by my Mom and Dad.

I love our family traditions. Belongings can be replaced - life can not.

May the entire world have peace, freedom, love, respect and abundance.

Happy Thanksgiving to all here in AR!


Nov 25, 2010 02:39 AM
Bradenton, Sarasota, Real Estate ~ The Serena Group
Bradenton-Homes, Experts - Keller Williams Realty - Bradenton, FL
Selling Real Life Dreams in Paradise!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone... We're grateful for blessings received and those still on the way!

Nov 25, 2010 02:48 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

You asked if we'd all be as gracious about our "things"? I think maybe coming so close to losing the ones we love, our neighbors and friends, puts things in perspective and we are probably more aware of how "things" can be replaced. Just my thought. I'm so grateful your friend and her significant other are alive and well.

Nov 25, 2010 03:02 AM
Robert Courtney
Lihue, HI
Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS

Debbie - Thank God your friend and significant other are okay.  This really brings home how close we all are to a life changing event.  So many of us are working with families facing foreclosure.  For them they will have not much of a Thanksgiving.  We all do what we can, for today we just have to respond with what our heart tells us.  Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and friends.

Nov 25, 2010 05:15 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Yes, things can be replaced.

We lost all of them in a house fire about 25 years ago, and it's not fun to reach for a favorite something and remember its gone. But at the time, we were just so thankful that our naughty little dog had taken off to visit grandma's house that morning and we had decided to let her stay there because we were going to be gone all day.

I always thought that maybe she sensed something...

Be grateful for the good things!

Nov 25, 2010 05:17 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I am thankful for my God and that he loves me, even in tough times I have seen his hand at work in my life and in the life of my family.

Nov 25, 2010 06:06 AM
RhondaHeaslip NanaimoRealEstate
RE/MAX of Nanaimo - Nanaimo, BC

Debbie, Your words ring true. I attended Malcolm Johnsons' memorial service on Monday, our brilliant young agent that died in the hotel explosion in Mexico. After hearing what a wonderful human being he was, many of us at the reception after were talking about how we too often forget to take the time to know each other better and appreciate each other as more than just agents in the business. I felt a closeness and kinship with many of my peers and reflected on how truly blessed I am to know them and also how doubly blessed I am to have my beautiful children and loving husband to come home to each day.

I am thankful to have known Malcolm, even though only professionally. He was a lovely man and will be greatly missed. His gift to me came most unexpectedly on the day of his memorial service. I pressed the "reset" button and took a look around at what really matters in life...Thank you, Malcolm.

Nov 25, 2010 06:18 AM
Bandele Oguntomilade, Top REALTOR
Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes - Woodland Hills, CA
Your Woodland Hills Real Estate Agent 818-825-6996

Hi Debbie:


I am glad that your friend is okay and that you are blessed to have each other.  I am thankful for everything!  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Bandele Oguntomilade

Nov 25, 2010 06:28 AM
Manny Gonzalez
Negotiable Realty LLC - Chicago, IL

Nov 25, 2010 08:33 AM
Karen Steed
Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton - Tallapoosa, GA
Associate Broker Haralson Realty
I am glad everyone was okay, and the things are just things. We can get through any hardship one day at a time, by putting one foot in front of the other. One of my favorite sayings is "if you're going through hell, keep going" I am thankful that so far, I just keep going.
Nov 25, 2010 12:31 PM
Kathy Opatka
Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches
It's all about how you REACT to each situation! Although it's difficult, I TRY to look for a positive reaction or a positive reason for each of life's little (or big,huge,gigundis!) hiccups!
Nov 27, 2010 09:17 AM
Debbie Hartz Repeat & Referral Marketing 250-590-6910 - Victoria, BC

For all of you who have commented it has warmed my heart to hear your comments and share some stories. It warmed the heart of my friend as well.

My gratitude and thanks to all of you.

Nov 29, 2010 07:43 AM
Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

I think this tougher real estate market has made us all reevaluate what is really important in life.

Dec 01, 2010 05:17 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I think, living every day with gratitude in your heart is the only way. I'm grateful for my family, for my health, for my ability to work and help, for wonderful people I meet on my way. I feel truly blessed. 

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