Realtors Have All The Answers and an Arabian Horse Story

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As a REALTOR, our clients expect many answers. They want them accurate, they want them fast, and by the way you should know everything. Since discovering Google on the web, I don't know if you pull this trick off or not, but if you are unsure about the spelling of a word, misspell it into Google, and it will come back and say, Did you mean: with the corrected word or options of what it might have been. Very cool. With Google we now all know everything. NOT!!

I will tell you what I do know (the Realtor with all the answers part) doing so by way of an Arabian Horse story to illustrate it.

Arabian Horse

It is said that there was once a gentleman in the Middle East. His only possession that really amounted to anything for him, his wife and son, who lived in a little hovel, was a gorgeous Arabian mare. The mare was absolute perfection.

The neighbors always came by and said how lucky he was to have this one beautiful mare. He said he didn't know whether it was good or bad, he just knew he had this lovely mare.

Well, one night she broke out of the corral and when he got up the next morning, he discovered that she was gone. All the neighbors came by and said how terrible, how bad it was that the mare was gone. He said he didn't know whether it was good or bad, all he knew was that the mare was gone.

One morning about a week and a half later, she came back and had seven beautiful Arab stallions with her. She brought those in the corral with her. They were all smitten with her, so they went into the corral too. Now all the neighbors came by and said what wonderful luck he had. They said, "You have seven beautiful stallions along with your mare back." He said, "I don't know whether it's good or bad, all I know is I got the mare back and seven stallions with her.

So while they looked them over, the son decided to break the stallions so they could be ridden and they could sell them. One of the stallions threw him and broke his leg. So he was laid up with a broken leg. They didn't have those little pins they use now so you could get up and go. He was laid up with a splint.

The neighbors came by and said, "That's bad, your son has a broken leg." He said, "I don't know whether it's good or bad, I just know my son has a broken leg.

About this time the king sent his men through the area and took all able-bodied young men to send them off on one of his war ventures. The son couldn't go because he had a broken leg. The neighbor's sons all had to go. The neighbors came over and said how lucky the man was because his son didn't have to go because he had a broken leg. He said, "I don't know whether it's good or bad, I just know my son has a broken leg and didn't have to go with the Army.

So, the moral of the story is I KNOW I DON'T KNOW WHETHER AN OUTCOME WILL BE GOOD OR BAD, and I'm ok with that and you will never know for sure. It is a trusting of life that takes a little faith. A bad thing that has happened to you may be a good thing with a valuable lesson tucked inside. Maybe a tough experience will open a new door, make you sensitive to other people, or change you for the better. Allow it to unfold in its due course. Don't rely on Google for all your answers. TRUST LIFE.


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Diane McDermott
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market
Gary, well illustrated as always, if it weren't for the lessons how would we ever grow - change is inevitable, but growth is a choice or something like that :)
Mar 26, 2008 12:34 PM #2
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH
I wonder if we stress too much over things beyond our control, what life brings us every day is what we have to handle and deal with, when things become predicable then there is no sense getting up in the morning. A new challenge is the spice of life.
Mar 26, 2008 12:39 PM #3
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Lisa: Most say they wouldn't trade where they are right now with the lessons learned, although they fought their way all the way into the future.

Diane: Some grow older but never grow up, if they don't learn the lessons.

Steve: Great point. The media always thinks we have more control than we really do. Then stresses us out for not making changes to things out of our control. The unknown does keep each day interesting. Always another chance to get it right!!

Mar 26, 2008 12:47 PM #4
Jonathan Benya
The Benya Group - Waldorf, MD
The Benya Group
Wonderful post!  I love reading things like this that help put life into perspective!
Mar 26, 2008 12:50 PM #5
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate
Gary - creative post - and I love the picture of the stallion. I agree with you that learning the lessons is important in life.
Mar 26, 2008 01:45 PM #6
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
Amen, Amen! You know how strongly I feel about "I don't know". Important to keep an open mind and look at all possibilties.
Mar 26, 2008 02:01 PM #7
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Jonathan: Seeing things from the big picture is always helpful I agree.

Sharon: Thanks, some take awhile getting the lessons part down.

Colleen: You're right. Those who go about saying they know everything, RUN AWAY!

Mar 26, 2008 02:56 PM #8
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector
Gary, everything in life happens in the "process" of life itself----we tend to call things good and bad---but it really isn't the "truth"
Mar 26, 2008 03:27 PM #9
Gary, it is a delight to read something so well put.  Thanks, nicely done.
Mar 26, 2008 05:41 PM #10
Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
Great post. It seems we try to put a value on everything. We want to label things good or bad, when in fact they just ARE.
Mar 26, 2008 10:57 PM #11
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate
Gary - as always, a fantastic post with a great lesson!  You really do "get it" and I so enjoy reading your words of wisdom every day!
Mar 26, 2008 11:03 PM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Gary, It's kind of fun never knowing what's around the corner....and so many things I thought might be bad WERE good!  Good lessons here.
Mar 26, 2008 11:43 PM #13
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate


Great story!  I am frustrated in a comment thread on ActiveRain by a member who wants to judge blogs, bloggers and blogging strategies...  


Mar 26, 2008 11:55 PM #14
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Charles: Exactly.

Dottie: You're welcome. I had heard this story awhile back.

Rosario: Right, life just is, it is neutral.

Leesa: Thank you, I try.

Carole: We do pre-judge the good or bad or try to figure out the ending too fast.

Maureen: Suspending judgment in many areas of our lives would serve us well. Ignore critics. They will always be there, and it is just there opinion.

Mar 27, 2008 12:12 AM #15
Joey Remondino
RE/MAX Preferred Properties - Vienna, VA
Broker, GRI, E-Pro
Thanks for the story Gary, it makes a very good point about situations that occur in our day to day lives.
Mar 27, 2008 02:28 AM #16
Anona Large
Realty Executives Associates - Oak Ridge, TN
Oak Ridge, TN Real Estate

Good story Gary!  It reminds me that too many people try to control too many things.  If we all could live like this man.  Things are what they are.  Yes, we can make things better or worse, and that usually happens better or worse, because of our attitudes.

Have a Fabulous Real Estate Day!


Mar 27, 2008 05:36 AM #17
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON
Great Post. I absolutely agree with you of learning a lesson in life. Hoping only the best will happen for us....
Mar 27, 2008 03:57 PM #18
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
Gary:  As for me, I believe God intends it that way.  I mean a bad experience with something good tucked inside.  Seems to me that we can look at several horrible situations right in our own country in recent years and as bad as they were, there was still good to come out of each one.  I saw a story last night that made me think about this and fits with your post.  When Katrina destroyed parts of New Orleans and surrouding areas and devastated so many people, (and I watched this in total horror through tears on TV) the story last night was how the rebuilding of some of those areas has now given teens at risk; teens that were in gangs; something productive and positive to do.  And they are learning life skills which has literally set these young people on a much better path for their lives than what they had before the storm.  There is a silver lining behind every dark cloud.  It's very difficult to see or even believe at times.
Mar 28, 2008 01:49 AM #19
Wonderful story Gary, I think I will use it many time from now (if you don't have copyright :), because as a West Toronto realtor I get hundred of questions like:"for how long...? and is this roof for next 50 years...? and this school is..?" and despite my biggest effort, I can't answer all client's question's, even with google's help!
Mar 30, 2008 11:03 PM #20
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Joey: We can't know everything.

Anona: It is what it is, you are right.

Sasha: Learn a lesson each day.

Donna: His mysterious ways.

Jill: The story is a public domain story.

Mar 31, 2008 12:03 AM #21
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