Enjoy Cloudy Days in your Beach Chair

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Beach ChairsREALTORS get to listen a lot. They listen to buyer clients' stories, they get to listen to co-workers, they get to listen to partners like those in the Title, Appraisal, Loan, Staging, and Inspector fields. So you hear a lot. About everything.

There's a saying that behind every outward smiling face someone is carrying some pain or burden. Although we work our way individually through our own problems which Norman Vincent Peale said are totally natural if you are alive, it dawned on me that


A little case in point. One young lady in her twenties was telling of the story of her dreams to first get a job to support herself and then eventually move to England. She was having a bad week where a heavy dump truck plowed into the back of her car. Luckily she was ok but not the car. She's not found a job yet, had to move back in with the parents. The parents have no sympathy for her predicament, nor her brother, and no one even seemed to be concerned that she was in such a major accident. We can't always pick the best of people for our family members. But her story changed as she truly felt good about friends in her life that she could go to that supported her through this struggle to get where she wanted to go. She could see in her mind her way through this cloudy period toward a day when things would be brighter for her. It struck me what great faith she had in knowing life is not all black and white. That while sure you will have some people that act cold and uncaring toward you, there are others who will give the shirt off their back in times of distress.

So sit back on your beach chair and enjoy the cloudy skies. They are not ALL what life is about. Sunny skies may be only the next moment away.

Oh, and my own cloudy day, I can't respond to my emails today cause something crashed on my computer.  : ) 

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Gary, awesome photo, plus LOL with the cat. Great post and so true.
Mar 30, 2008 08:15 AM #4
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector
Gary if you could get those keys to jump up and down randomly, the cat would probably never leave:)  I think the "mind" has a hard time getting itself around the concept of "good times are just around the corner" because it would then have to accept that in good times "a downturn is just around the corner."  That is just the way it is.  How you experience either one is the only choice we really have.
Mar 30, 2008 08:29 AM #5
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Rich: I agree, the silver lining thought is the way to think about things.

Kim: I'm very thankful you know your blessings. I love the smiley with the shades.

Jan: The kitten probably ate too big a mouse and it tuckered the poor guy out : ) Have a great day too.

Duane: Thanks.

Charles: You see things in a cool way. If you're having a great day, think, a bad day is just around the corner. I'm starting to think you are warped like ME : )

Mar 30, 2008 09:24 AM #6
Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA - Charlottesville, VA
Gary, that post has to put a smile on anyone who reads it. 
Mar 30, 2008 11:40 AM #7
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
We have all smiled at the cat on the computer.  He looks kinda dead though.  Take care of him!  And I know you will.
Mar 30, 2008 02:50 PM #8
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

I always say Gary that one can't appreciate blue skies without the cloudy days. Nice reminder.

I feel that in those dark times God is calling us near to see the light he shines that we can't see when things are going great. I may not be blogging about the clouds in my horizon but they're there, oh they're there... I've got my beach chair though, I'm a native Floridian too!

Mar 30, 2008 02:55 PM #9
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm
Gary, this is so true!  I was talking to one of my best friends today who has to take his 21 year old son to jail for 30 days.  Wow!  I can't even imagine. But, he has a good attitude, he realizes that in about a month, it will be over with and he hopes that his son will gain something incredibly powerful from this experience.  His sunshiny day is coming!
Mar 30, 2008 03:02 PM #10
Rosario Lewis
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY
The kitten on the keyboard is priceless! Seeing that on an otherwise cloudy day would definitely bring a smile to my face.
Mar 30, 2008 03:05 PM #11
Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire
Gary...you are possibly the most positive person on this site! Thank you..
Mar 30, 2008 03:08 PM #12
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Karen: That's good.

Barbara: Trust me, he's sleeping. I hear him snoring.

Karen: I'm a former Floridian too. Keep those beach chairs handy.

Don: Great story. A sunny day ahead after 30 days.

Rosario: Fun stuff like that is all around when we look for it.

Joan: It's all those chocolate chip cookies I eat. How can you not feel good after munching on them?

Mar 30, 2008 03:16 PM #13
Gina McNew
diva la difference interiors - Atlanta, GA
Host of Diva in the House - The Voice of Real Estate Staging Radio

Gary~Your posts are always so inspiring.  I always enjoy them. 


Mar 30, 2008 03:45 PM #14
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Gina: Thanks for your kindness, I'm glad someone reads my little thoughts. I try.
Mar 30, 2008 03:50 PM #15
Yvonne Root
rooms b.y. root - Prescott, AZ
Home Stager - Northern Arizona
Gary, your advice is always spot on. This post is no exception. Good work. I love the "crasher!" How darling. 
Mar 31, 2008 01:16 AM #16
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
Something crashed on your computer.....awwwwwwwwwww. The beach photo immediatly took me there mentally. Thanks!
Mar 31, 2008 03:10 AM #17
M Realtor
Camden, DE
Hi Gary althrough i'm not on my twenties I identify my self with the woman on your story ..a lot .. not necessarily enjoy the clouds but i'm waiting patiently for the sunshine  and the kitty  on my key board :)
Mar 31, 2008 08:38 AM #18
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Yvonne: Crashed my party.

Colleen: Take me away on vacation.

Mariana: Sunshine's only a moment away... Little Orphan Annie song.

Mar 31, 2008 02:27 PM #19
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty
Now I just need to find a beach somewhere around here!  I love the picture with the cat, my cat always tries to lay on my laptop when I try to get things done, LOL.
Apr 01, 2008 04:27 AM #20
Julianna Hind
eXp Realty - Tacoma, WA
REALTOR, 206-679-4768, Tacoma Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, WA
Oh man that is the best!!! I love the picture! That makes my Seattle Day a sunny one!
Apr 01, 2008 06:54 AM #21
Cynthia Bartch
Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio - Granville, OH
Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal
Well Gary,another fine blog, what an inspiration you are. And all your words of wisdom come w/ such lovely photos, thanks for posting. This one hits home today.
Apr 02, 2008 01:04 AM #22
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Patricia: Cats tell us what we can do : )

Julianna: Seattle, when it does get its sunny days, is even more beautiful.

Cynthia: I try, with the pictures. Don't want anyone left being bored for the day : )

Apr 02, 2008 02:28 PM #23
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