Sometimes it's the small things that we're involved in or are witness to that give us pause for thought and can be very gratifying.
We recently had a very successful real estate auction. The owner was motivated and had an urgent need to liquidate his real estate holdings. Two small adjacent properties had been on the market for some time - unsold. The agent referred the owner to us to discuss an auction. Under $50k - normally too small to warrant our labor intensive marketing services. However, the owner's story was compelling. His original intent was to build a church on the properties. The owner, a man who had helped many many people during his prosperous years, now found himself in need. His dear friends rallied for him with prayer and support groups.
We agreed to take the listing to auction. No minimum and no reserve = scary terms for sellers. However as our seller would later tell us, after giving us giant bear hugs, that he had gotten on his knees in prayer the night before the auction and received overall peace about his future, including whatever results the auction would bring. Although originally destined to be a church property, he said he knew that God had another purpose and he was willing to let God's purpose unfold.
Well, the auction went very well. The buyer was very happy. And the seller was thrilled with the results - his immediate needs being met. We were happy to be part of this small but meaningful event.
Remember the story about the Alaskan oil spills - and a man that was rescuing birds - extracting them from the oily water? One at a time, very slow, very labor intensive. Asked why he bothered because there were so many - his reply "but it made the world of difference to that One."
Have a useful and joyful day - think good things and have your thoughts add to the good side of the global thought-scale.
Linda Mardi, President
Licensed Real Estate Auctioneer