Wise Words from One of My Favorite Authors

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Wise Words from One of My Favorite Authors.....

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.

~Dr. Seuss

We often forget that we are NOT victims of our outside circumstances and events. We may be faced with many challenges but we get to decide how we interpret them, react to them and handle them.  I learned recently that circumstances are not negative or positive - they're neutral.  It's our thinking that decides if a circumstance positive or negative and the way we think IS something we have the power to change. 
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Karen Bernetti is a Real Estate Stager, Former Realtor®, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Staging4Smooth Transitions - specializing in assisting seniors with their downsize moves and offering Home2Home Transitions seminars. Karen is also the Social Media Manager and Administrative Coordinator for Prudential CT Realty, in Madison, CT and Co-creator of the Ready2Sellin30Days System - an interactive multi-media program teaching do-it-yourself homeowners EVERYHTING they need to know about preparing a home for sale. Stay up to date on the latest staging and home decor trends by visiting Karen & Ann's Home Sale Success Blog.  


Comments (18)

Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Oh The Places You'll Go.  I love Dr. Seuss...so humble yet so much wisdom for those who want it!  Awesome!

Jun 13, 2011 05:21 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh, I love this book!  Try and you will succeed 99 3/4% guaranteed! (or something like that).  Great inspiration.  Missed ya here.  Welcome back.

Jun 13, 2011 05:23 PM
John Michailidis
Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee - Sarasota, FL
Real Property Management of Sarasota & M

It is a wonderful sentiment. But if it were only true . . .

Jun 13, 2011 05:34 PM
Gabrielle Nemes
RE/MAX Realty South - Tumwater, WA
206.300.8421, S King & Pierce County RE Advocate

So true, so true! And no one says it better than Dr. Suess! What a great inspiration we read to our youngsters without realizing that the message was really for us!

Jun 13, 2011 05:39 PM
Jami Asanovich
Smart Concept Realty, LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
Doing the right thing, every time!

Fantastic! Thank you for the reminder. ;) It is so simple yet SO true.

Jun 13, 2011 06:01 PM
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

Karen -- thanks for the words of inspiration and the link.  Have a great Summer in CT!

Jun 13, 2011 06:30 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Karen....we have a great influence on our own destiny....but not completely.....there are choices and sometimes they are not what we want....the best advice is to make history of the chains that bind you....that applies to any phase of life including business....more money can always be made.....we can't make up time.

Jun 13, 2011 10:33 PM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Karen, Dr. Seuss has a pretty good quote there.  We're more in control of our lives than most people think, but too often it's easy to play the role of victim rather than take accountability for our choices.

Jun 13, 2011 11:13 PM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Karen - Dr. Suess was a wise man! Love the quote and believe that people choose to be a victim, but no one has to be. Thanks for the link - I'm signing up!

Jun 14, 2011 12:48 AM
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Karen ~  So glad to see you dancing in The 'Rain -- about this time last year you began the 30-day Challenge which changed so many lives -- truly, there were great changes made.  As a result of taking that challenge, I met with 8 new friends this past weekend and enjoyed a new dimension to my life.  We can be Victims or Victors and believe me, I have learned the difference first-hand!  Thank you. 

I, too, love Dr. Suess and have sent his books to friends through the years -- a good reminder to get back to living life to its fullest.

Jun 14, 2011 01:17 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Karen - Dr. Seuss was a very wise author.  Here's another one in the same vein...  "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not."
— Dr. Seuss (The Lorax)

Jun 14, 2011 03:15 AM
Greg Saffell
Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Professional Tucson, Oro Valley AZ

You're right Karen, too many people live in that boat named 'Victim of Circumstance'. We're all on our own and need to be responsible for our actions. Thanks for the post and the link.

Jun 14, 2011 04:02 AM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Karen, so true, we do have the power to change and although obstacles, we can find a new direction.

Jun 14, 2011 09:31 AM
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Hi Karen. How have you been? I need all the motivation that I can get. I am gonig to sign up for this one. Thanks for sharing this my friend. Great post.

Jun 14, 2011 10:54 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Karen that is a principle that everyone should live by, unfortunately we are living in a time, that many do not take responsibility for their own actions and decisions. 

Jun 14, 2011 01:46 PM
Barbara Altieri
Better Homes and Gardens RE Shore and Country Properties - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Karen -- Love this. We are masters of our own destiny. We are all faced with circumstances we don't like at many times in our lives. It's up to us how we overcome obstacles, move forward, and define our success.

Jun 14, 2011 02:06 PM
Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
eXp Realty - Willoughby, OH
eXp Realty - Because Experience Matters

Have to love that Dr. Seuss!   Sure does know how to put it.  I just read being authentic is not pretending life doesn't get you down - it's handling those downs true to yourself.    But, Dr. Seuss says it so much cuter.

Jun 14, 2011 03:14 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Sweet Child of God, we are NOT  victums... we are victorious! But then, you already know that!! I love My Daily Insights! :)))

Jun 21, 2011 04:36 AM