The rage that burnt within me…

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

The rage that burnt within me…In the past, my demeanor may have been described as “passionate.”  I always had strong feelings about the world and the life experience.

Over the last few years, however, the roaring blaze has burned down to a few glowing embers. Now older, and hopefully wiser, I accept the realization that I am but a single worker ant in the colony and that life “is what it is!”

There was a time when I thought that I could change the world. Now I realize that the world changed me.

I haven’t watched the news in years. I am now working on a bigger cocoon to insulate myself from the things that I cannot control or change.

And even though a spark may flare up every now and then, it is quickly extinguished and I move on.

I have to admit, it’s a wonderful feeling to know that I am NOT all that important after all!


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John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Good morning -

It must be age Richard.  Same thing on.  I finally figured out I'm a worker ant.  I may be married to the Queen...:)  I hope she doesn't read this.... (Kidding)  LOL 

Have a great day my friend.


Aug 15, 2012 11:09 PM #1
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


You better HOPE that she doesn't read that! Lol and thanks my friend.

Aug 15, 2012 11:11 PM #2
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


You could walk on the coals of my apathy without getting your feet burned.


Aug 15, 2012 11:16 PM #3
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Now, we have two things in common Richard. .

We both play the guitar. .and we both don't watch the news. . .

Aug 15, 2012 11:22 PM #4
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Richard, it definitely comes with age.  I'm a whole lot less concerned about the mark I will leave on the world.  If I can make my little corner of the world better I'm happy (maybe even a little surprised).

Aug 15, 2012 11:31 PM #5
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

Sounds like you are mellowing a bit like most of us older guys.  It really is a great day when you realize that you aren't the center of the universe and that you can relax and live your life and not worry about most of because its going to happen no matter what you do.

Aug 15, 2012 11:33 PM #6
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Once in a great while one of those embers refuses to go out............not often, but it does happen with me, not nearly as often as it did when I was younger though.

Aug 15, 2012 11:36 PM #7
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman


 I had this same thought this week. My daughter's boyfriend was disturbed by some crisis he saw on the news.

I do not watch the news. He was appalled.

My response was that nearly every "crisis" that we have today we have always had or bigger.

I told him to vote his conscience but not stay in some constant state of worry and frustration. Work to improve the area he can influence and help but don''t sweat the things outside of his control.

As you say Richard, it is a wonderful feeling to have reached that place of mind.

Aug 16, 2012 12:20 AM #8
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I hear you brother, I hear you! THX.


Which makes us both happier people! Thanks my friend.


My corner is getting smaller and smaller! Thanks so much.


Amen to that. I guess it is a passage. Thanks for jumping in.


I still get stirred up on occasion, but the flame rarely roars now. Thanks.


It feels great. Time to let the younger generation do all the worrying! Thanks for the thoughtful comment.

Aug 16, 2012 12:54 AM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Richard, Age seems to do that to all of us. Our dreams don't get dashed, they just get a serious more realistic adjustment.

Aug 16, 2012 12:59 AM #10
Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC


I had a day when I woke up and realized, I can do more to impact the lives of those around me than the whole world.  So I now focus on what I can change and how to make it the best possible for all those around me family, friends and business colleagues.  


Aug 16, 2012 01:24 AM #11
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Sometimes thel ess we know the better off we are.  Changing clothes is ahrd enough to work on let alone the world!

Aug 16, 2012 09:40 AM #12
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Hi Richard, maybe you have calmed down over the years but I would think that you are still an important person to many people in your life and maybe even to some others. It is always amazing to me how people will underestimate the impact they have on others even in seemingly small things.
Aug 16, 2012 10:08 AM #13
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Richard...I guess I never felt that I could change the world but I still have the passion I have always had to support the things I hold dear.  I continue to volunteer and contribute to causes that matter to me and that I sincerely hope will make a difference in the lives of others.

It must be in my DNA.  Even at 75 it has not become diluted.  I don't want it any other way as it has never been a burden to me.  Rather it has given my life a purpose beyond my small confines.  For me it's having it all.  


Aug 16, 2012 11:06 AM #14
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Richard, I think Debbie said it best!  I really dislike some of those adjustments!!!

Aug 16, 2012 11:35 AM #15
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Richard, I do watch the news, and get aggravated, when that happens I turn it off.  What will be will be...we may not be able to change things we want to change...but I still try.

Aug 17, 2012 12:15 PM #16
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