Pay It Forward - Trolls under the Bridge?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775

I told her I would meet her there at 9:00.   But, everything that could go wrong seemed to be going wrong.  The client took longer at the showing than I thought, she texted that I needed tennis shoes and bug spray and I had on sandals, I had driven my daughters 1997 Honda since we were going "there" and now I couldn't get the key to turn over to head to "there" from the showing.

That's how the day sometimes seems circumstances would make it easier to say..."ah, forget it" when you are trying to do something for someone else.

I got "there" at friend (who talked me into this) was delighted to see me.  We took a walk because you can't really park "there".  I had a bag of apples and four water bottles with me.  We smelled like bug spray.

When we got "there"; the first tent had someone in friend took a water and went to the tent to talk to the homeless person.  I was FREAKING out at this point.  "There" is a fairly secluded area near tTent Cityhe White River in downtown Indianapolis...under the viaduct of a major highway.  She came back and asked for an apple...I gave her one.  I wanted to throw it and run....

Then we walked down this steep hill (hence the need for tennis shoes) knees aren't what they used to be but I made it...all the while thinking, if I need to escape from "there" quickly, I'm hosed.  I can't run up that hill to save my life!

As we walked "there"...which is Tent City...where homeless people live in tents, we could see where fire pits had been, clothes hanging on trees, bags of food hanging on trees.  We saw our first tent and my heart is beating so hard (that's why the picture is blurry) friend goes up and talks to the person.  She offers to leave the food just outside the tent.  I am like, can we go now... 

It is the first time I have moved outside of my comfort zone and I'm sure many Rainers will say what's the big deal.  I am fearless in the business world...fearless.  But put me in a situation where harm "could" happen and I turn into someone I don't recognize.  A growth opportunity for sure. it forward..went to the Tent city to leave some food for the homeless folks who live there.

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Jason Frey
PureWest, Inc. - Livingston, MT

Good for you Cindy.  Stepping out of our comfort zones can be especially difficult, even if personal safety is not a concern.  I have often marveled that people willingly give food or attention to stray animals, but turn a blind eye to fellow humans with needs for food and shelter.  Again I say, good for you Cindy.

All best,
Jason Frey

Jun 10, 2011 08:21 AM #11
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Cindy ~ this was a BIG PIF.  I think if you are going to do this again, you should still do it with a friend and not by yourself.  I would have been scared as well.  A big KUDOS to you!

Jun 10, 2011 11:04 AM #12
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker-Associate - Naples, FL

Cindy, Wow, I would have been scared too.  We have them here in Naples too, not sure where they are, but I know they exist in the brush, woods and parks. Good job!

Jun 10, 2011 11:31 AM #13
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Hi Jason...I have a hard time lately not doing something to help...this PIF group moves me to new levels...

Dawn..I had a partner...she had gone the week before  I would NEVER go by

My friend had seen them from the highway, that's how she found out about them...thanks for commenting Christine on both blogs today!!

Jun 10, 2011 11:49 AM #14
Marilyn Boudreaux
Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Bono Realty - Lake Charles, LA
Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor

what a wonderful thing to do, perhaps it was just the woods area that frightened you but your friend was with you right?  If you go in a team its easier

Jun 10, 2011 12:15 PM #15
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

Wow, Cindy - you are a rock star!  You not only did a wonderful act of kindness, you were truly FEARLESS in doing so!  I don't think I would have been as brave - and how smart (and safer!) of you to do so as a team!


Jun 10, 2011 03:39 PM #16
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Yup, you rock.  That's an awesome pay it forward. 

Jun 10, 2011 04:14 PM #17
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Cindy, you are an inspiration. I'm so glad I know you!

Jun 10, 2011 05:53 PM #18
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Marilyn,  am sure it was the seclusion of the place that had my heart racing and the grafitti written on the bridge ....

Rock Star...I'm not so sure about that Karen...but got up and finally did something for PIF!

Tammy, thank you!

Lottie, equally glad to know YOU.

Jun 11, 2011 12:35 AM #19
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Cindy.  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites

Jun 12, 2011 04:10 AM #20
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Pat, I so appreciate being included in your Favorites!  Thank you!

Jun 12, 2011 04:20 AM #21
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Growth opportunity to hear yourself scream & run I'm thinkin? I'm not going to mention 2 women in a possibly dangerous situation am I? BTW I was walking my dog & I saw a tent in a nature area near my house & freaked out.

Jun 12, 2011 11:25 AM #22
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Cindy, I'm in awe of you.  This would have been way beyond my comfort zone as well.  Now that you've overcome that fear, I'm expecting this to be part of your regular weekly routine.

Jun 12, 2011 12:44 PM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Cindy- it's one thing to talk the talk but you got out there and walked it!  That was a kind thing for you to do.

Jun 12, 2011 01:26 PM #24
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Good for you! We used to have season tickets to the Mariners in Seattle. We met a homeless guy, Charlie, our first year there and got into the habit of taking a care package to him every Sunday afternoon home game. We did it for four years before we moved. I often wonder if Charlie missed us after that. My favorite part was what a ball our small children had taking things to Charlie.


Jun 12, 2011 01:33 PM #25
Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Medfield, MA
Sells Real Estate!

Cindy, I hear you...Don't know anything about the location you visited, but maybe it is important to determine whether it's too isolated (and too populated) to go alone, or just with one other person. Doing things to help others is a way in which we all need to live, but I don't believe that personal safety should be put on the back seat. Get as much information and facts as possible and go with your instincts and comfort level. It's important to listen to those!

Jun 12, 2011 04:26 PM #26
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Cindy - You would have been working way out of my comfort zone as well, and yet you did it and helped others.

Jun 12, 2011 07:15 PM #27
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate's been interesting to see how many people share my concens!

Leah...probably not part of my weekly routine unfortunately...maybe again though.

Kathy...that is why I did it...I do talk it all the time an rarely get out and do it!

Mel...what a great story! 

Good points Nina...I probably did take a chance.

Hi Christine...helped a few for sure.

Jun 13, 2011 01:13 AM #28
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ


Hats off to you!  Just be sure never to go alone and always go during the day.

Jun 13, 2011 03:51 AM #29
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Cindy, I am so proud of you. I don't know if I could have done that. We have a tent city too. It got washed away during the flood last year. I'm not sure where they're living now.

Jun 13, 2011 07:41 AM #30
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