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An Attitude of Gratitude - And All That Mushy Stuff

Mortgage and Lending with First Priority Financial Inc., NMLS# 3257, ​Elise NMLS #255824, Glenn NMLS# 1124642 NMLS 255824

Most people think about gratitude right around Thanksgiving.  And since it's still November and Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, I figured I could sneak in this post before all the Christmas stuff starts jingling away.  

What is gratitude?

One definition defines gratitude as a feeling of appreciation toward another person, often accompanied by a desire to express thanks or reciprocate a favor.  I can honestly say that I do like this definition.  I am really grateful that I was able to record a wonderful testimonial from an excited first time buyer I helped recently.  Her excitment is evident and she was grateful to me for sticking with her for two years and helping her with her FHA loan.  It was alot of hand holding and answering multiple questions, but I am really happy to do that for her.  She is so deserving of owning a home!  You go girl!

Gratitude may also be defined as being grateful to your higher power for the blessings in your life.   I like this one, too.

I also think of it as thankfulness.  Being thankful for my wonderful husband, Drew - as we get ready to celebrate our 33rd anniversary at the end of this week.  I can't believe it, but it's been 33 wonderful years, and where in the heck did that time go?   We have two fabulous young adult children, Glenn and Kelley, who are both happily married, and we even have a sweet grandson who is just over 3 months old.  We all have great health, our finances are healing, and we are all in good spirits and looking forward to a bright future!!

When we don't count our blessings, we can easily get caught up in the petty things in our business and personal lives and stress over all the annoyances we run into on a daily basis.  This real estate and mortgage industry can suck the blood out of you if you let it, but DON'T!! 

Develop that attitude of gratitude, and to help you focus on what you're grateful for, here is a fun little exercise to do as we go thru the bustling holiday season....

Each day, for the month of December, make a "Top 5 Blessings List".  You'll become aware of all the little 'gifts' we experience and never paid attention to.  It might be something as simple as a child's smile, clouds in the winter sky, or holiday lights in the neighborhood.   And these 'gifts' won't put a dent in your holiday budget... they're FREE.

Do this every day and you may find that you're happier, more satisfied with life, and enjoy a simpler holiday season this year.

Many blessings to you and your families this holiday season,




Comments (6)

Lisa Marie Flenoury
"Lisa The Broker" - Playa Vista, CA
"Lisa The Broker" - Making Dreams Come True

Thank you for sharing, how nice.  That is a great marketing tool, have you posted it on youtube?

Nov 28, 2011 06:05 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

Getting her gratitude on video is definitely something to be thankful for.

Nov 28, 2011 06:07 PM
Carlotta Remong
Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties - Newport, RI

Elise, a very nice gratitude post and I sure like the idea of listing 5 top gifts every day that you are grateful for. Especially because it helps you  cope much better when the Real Estate demons come out to play.

Nov 28, 2011 07:40 PM
Chik Quintans
TeamCQ - Atlas Mortgage A Division of Pinnacle Capital Group - Lynnwood, WA
Seattle FHA Jumbo Mortgage, Pre Approval,FHA 203k,VA,USDA,Homepath

Way to go, Elise. What a wonderful testimonial. Well deserved, I'm sure. Thanks for reminding me to have more gratitude and appreciation for what I have.

Nov 29, 2011 08:31 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Love video testimonial - powerful marketing tool Elise.  It speaks volumes to your level of service.

Nov 30, 2011 07:34 AM
​​Elise & Glenn Groves, Mortgage Brokers ​First Priority Financial, Inc.
First Priority Financial Inc., NMLS# 3257, ​Elise NMLS #255824, Glenn NMLS# 1124642 - Santa Rosa, CA
Mortgage Broker,Banker, FHA, VA, Conv, Jumbo - Pur

Thanks for the great feeback eveyone. I really appreciate it and am grateful to you too!  This was fun, and spontaneous, so I am definitely going to continue to do this!

Dec 05, 2011 03:29 AM