I am one day removed from attending a viewing for a coworker's father. I could not help but reflect on life in general - both mine and others. A week ago I wrote about distractions and how they affect our goals, attitude and focus. I think it is important to know the difference between "being distracted" and "living" life.
Real Estate for many of us is life. After all, we wake up thinking about it and go to sleep with it still on our minds. We have flexible schedules that we make work around our lives. Yes, many of us make a decent living. Some of us make more and some less, but that is not the reason we are in the game. We love it and it becomes a part of our life. Sometimes, real estate can be the distraction.
I was driving to work last week and saw a man (about mid-40s) riding his mountain bike in the opposite direction of my car. I was (of course) rushing to the office. I noticed him and thought, "What is this guy doing"? It's freezing out and he's joyriding on a mountain bike on the street! I then watched him fade in my rear view mirror and the last image I had of him was how he was riding with one arm spread like an eagle and his leg extended away from the bike. Strange, huh?
I reflected on this as I continued my drive into work while thinking of my daily agenda - showings, recruiting appointment, staff meeting, paying bills, listings not selling, etc.. The image of him on his bike with an out-stretched arm and leg brought on a smile. This man wasn't strange. Maybe to me, what he was doing appeared strange. But I think he was just enjoying life. I envied him for that.
Life Gets in the Way. This is one of my favorite songs. I love the statement. You see, it really depends on your attitude and mood if that statement is taken in a bad way or a good way. I think, for all of us, it is both. We just focus more on the bad parts at times than we do on the good parts.
Real Estate is a great career and a great passion! We get way too caught up in it and get DISTRACTED from our lives and those in it. If we really think about it, we don't necessarily need to. We have people (agents) around us we can lean on for support, and vice versa. We should not take for granted a child's first step, or the crying in the middle of the night, or the first ball thrown of the season, or the voice of our mom and dad, or lunch with an old friend, or a quick getaway vacation, or simply acting like a kid when we have no business doing so, like riding a bike on a frigid weekday morning. Make ALL ASPECTS of your life count and have a great week!