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I admire Jason Crouch and his "realness." I am a huge supporter of this message, too! Jason, we appreciate you. I appreciate you! Keep up the great attitude and the great work!

Original content by Jason Crouch 453249

I lost two more friends to cancer recently. One of them was a hilarious girl I knew in college. She was 42 years old, and she had a phenomenally good attitude about her illness. The other was a friend I made originally on Twitter, then through a number of phone calls. She was also a guest on my radio show, and she wanted me to go into business with her at one point. She was funny, creative, and interesting. She was 59.

One of the downfalls to knowing and caring about a lot of people is the fact that you also get to experience a lot more loss than the average person. I know thousands of people, and I have hundreds of friends. I'm not tooting my own horn - it's simply true. I consider it a huge blessing, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I am energized by people. My wife tells me that this is the very definition of an extrovert. I have no doubt that this is the case.

So, since we all know that we can't predict the future, and our lives are delicate, why don't we take more time to let people know how we feel about them?

If you love someone, tell him/her. Do it right now. I've never been shy about expressing my feelings toward my family or even my close friends. I don't want there to be any doubts about this, should I die unexpectedly.

"I love you" is a powerful phrase, especially when it's sincere.

"I appreciate your friendship" is another meaningful thing to say, and I guarantee that it will be memorable to the recipient.

I had a friend that passed away three years ago who used to call me JUST to encourage me. No agenda. He didn't want anything in return. He just wanted to be my friend.

Do that.

Be a friend. A real friend, not a friend who expects reciprocation. Ironically, we probably each communicate with more people than ever before, but it's often on a more shallow scale than it used to be.

Have you called anyone lately to tell them how much you appreciate/love/respect/care about them? Why not? Are you concerned about making yourself vulnerable?

I've tried to make it a point to do this more often, and it's very liberating. The saying, "pay it forward" is more than a little trite, I suppose, but it's the quickest way to explain what I'm suggesting.

Take five minutes and call someone you know and like and just say something nice or tell a friend you were thinking of them. Do it daily. This isn't even completely altruistic, because it will make you feel better, too.

If you need some practice, call me. I promise it will be a good time for all involved. :) 

Thanks for reading!


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Comments (11)

Charlene Hammontree
616 Realty LLC - Rockford, MI
Meeting the needs of Buyers and Sellers in MICH

Thanks for the repost! So very true and I did!

Jun 22, 2011 03:27 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would have missed out on this so thank you for bringing to our attention

Jun 22, 2011 03:36 PM
Delores Campbell
Keller Williams Realty - Chesterfield - Wildwood, MO
Your St. Louis Real Estate Resource

Thanks for the post.  I just lost my father the day before Father's Day.  Luckily he told me he loved me and I told him I loved him when we said goodbye.  I am glad I had the opportunity to tell him I loved him and to hear him tel me he loved me.  Love you dad!

Jun 22, 2011 04:02 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

A great message, and one I encourage people to do regularly - including myself.

Jun 22, 2011 04:28 PM
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Elayna - Thanks very much for re-blogging this post of mine. Are you still looking at moving to Texas?  :)

Jun 22, 2011 04:50 PM
Elayna Fernandez
the Positive MOM - Fort Worth, TX
BE Positive and You'll BE Powerful!

Thank you everyone - I am excited some of you found Jason's message through my blog.  :)


Jun 22, 2011 05:07 PM
Elayna Fernandez
the Positive MOM - Fort Worth, TX
BE Positive and You'll BE Powerful!

Hi Jason!!! I moved to Las Colinas 3 weeks ago! I look forward to meeting you and your family now that we are closer!

Jun 22, 2011 05:14 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Elayna, taking time for letting others "know" is always a good use of our time....

Jun 22, 2011 05:23 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Elayna and wonderful re-post and how have you been?

VB ;o)

Jun 23, 2011 01:26 AM
Elayna Fernandez
the Positive MOM - Fort Worth, TX
BE Positive and You'll BE Powerful!

Hi Gary and Bob! I am happy to see your smiles and faces. I am loving the Dallas area and just thankful to be alive! xo

Jun 23, 2011 03:00 AM
Randy Mitchelson,APR
Marketing Advisor & Squeeze Mortgage - Bonita Springs, FL
First Impressions are made at First Click

Why did you stop blogging on ActiveRain Elayna? We need more bright people in SW Florida using the platform!

May 04, 2014 03:37 PM