Be Thankful Challenge

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate

Thanks to Karen Bernetti for coming up with the Be Thankful Challenge, and encouraging others to join in thinking about what we're thankful for, and writing about it on Active Rain. Also, thanks to Cinnamon Wright for prodding some of us into participating. I have not kept up with the daily aspect of the challenge, but have been thankful for the rest of a long holiday weekend, and reading others blogs and commenting.

I am Thankful for living in St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA. Let me explain. There are good things, and not so good things about almost anywhere you could choose to live, and sometimes I get cought-up in looking at the disadvantages of living here in Central Minnesota. I mean think about it for a moment. Today for example, it's just over freezing, with liquid and solid precipitation coming down all day ( I haven't looked outside for a while, and now it's dark, so there could be inches of snow out there! ). What's to like about that? Well, it could be worse! I've seen it!

From a business standpoint there is another glass half full picture. We have better employment figures here than the rest of the state, and the state is pretty good compared to the rest of the country. But, this area is very conservative, and won't reflect that relative good health in terms of business optimism until the rest of the country improves and the news media has a more positive outlook. So, it's hard to sell real estate to people that won't take what they consider to be a risk (glass half empty). But, that works in our favor, because the conservative attitudes that I described lend a certain stability to the region and it's economy. We have a reputation of being hard working and stable. And we pay our bills (statistically speaking), and seldom default (compared to some parts of the country). There are neighborhoods I drive through regularly, that have no signs of foreclosure activity at all, and others with very little.

We have cold here, but we have beautiful seasons, with White Christmas' and fresh Spring fishing openers, and comfortably warm Summers, and crisp colorful Falls. In a few weeks the lakes will freeze hard enough to skate and ice fish, and the snow will get deep enough for snowmobiling (we have hundreds of miles of trails, just watch out for moose). People are pretty friendly, even if they've never met you before. One of my friends says he likes it here in Minnesota, because only the best people can survive for long, and he may be right.

But, here's the best part. It's part of the best country ever, and I can go where I want, and do pretty much whatever I set my mind to do! I can run for office. I can speak out on any subject at any time, in public, in private, without worrying about being arrested. I can work at whatever I want, and make as much money as my brain and my body can manage to make, and pay taxes; but get some pretty good benefits for those taxes. I have God given rights, guaranteed by the Constitution, and guarded by three branches of government. I live in a country that has an Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, full of volunteer heroes. The basic goodness of this country is awe inspiring to me.

I am thankful for where I live. St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA.

 

 

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If you are relocating to central Minnesota check out all the wonderful reasons to love St Cloud. It is a wonderful area full of things to do and lots of great houses. I would welcome the opportunity to help you find your perfect place here. Visit my St Cloud real estate website for more information about buying or selling a home, or property in the central Minnesota real estate market.

 

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Rainer
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Kathleen Frawley
Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento - Wilton, CA
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What a great challenge! it is the first I've heard of it.  Having a grateful heart makes everything better.  (And it sounds like you have one!)

Dec 02, 2010 11:30 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Steve Baklaich
RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate - Saint Cloud, MN
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Thanks Kathleen, it is a comfort:)

Dec 02, 2010 11:58 AM #2
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Terrific challenge and wonderful post.  If I could drag my husband into snow and cold country (which I LOVE), St Cloud sounds the perfect place to live.  You hit all my hot buttons with your description.

Dec 02, 2010 01:32 PM #3
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Broker Nick
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Very inspiring post - it is always a good thing to be thankful to God for His bountiful blessings!

Dec 02, 2010 02:30 PM #4
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Broker Nick
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Very inspiring post - it is always a good thing to be thankful to God for His bountiful blessings!

Dec 02, 2010 02:30 PM #5
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Cinnamon Wright
Wilmington Real Estate 4U 910.547.1446 - Wrightsville Beach, NC
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You have beautifully expressed what so many of us forget -- we have more to be thankful for than we realize.  And St. Cloud sounds like the ideal place to enjoy all our Country has to offer!

Dec 03, 2010 01:12 AM #6
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Steve Baklaich
RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate - Saint Cloud, MN
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Susan, I love where we are at, and would probably love being at some other place as well. Liz will probably talk me into someplace warmer eventually:)

Nick, I agree. Everyday is a gift from God, and I try to appreciate it all!

Cinnamon, It really is a great place, and peaceful, like Wrightsville Beach in the off season. Only with snow of course (expecting 4-8" today/tinight).

Dec 03, 2010 06:30 AM #7
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