Gratitude and Why It Drives Me To Do What I Do

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Dagny's Real Estate

Gratitude - What is it?    Why is it? 

I feel gratitude every day of my existence.   

When I got married years ago, I realized that  there are many ways to go through life.  One is to be happy with what you are dealt and make the best of it, and to help others deal with what they have,


 To be misreable every day.   YUCK!

I, fortunately, was dealt a pretty cool hand.   Handsome healthy happy husband with great in law parents, had then a boy, a girl, a Golden Retriever and a cute little antique house.   What more is there?    I was amazed that we continued to have such beautiful children who were healthy, athletic, super smart, and a very successful husband.   

We did all of the things young families do, and kept thanking our lucky stars that we were so fortunate.    

Then, when my husband was 48, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.     His father had it, too, so we were pretty familiar with what was ahead.  

Twenty two years later, we still lead pretty normal lives, with him still driving, doing the dishes after dinner, taking out the garbage (HA!), doing his own laundry (Tee Hee) - etc......   Pretty cool!   We are really really fortunate to have this under control like this with a simple patch (Neupro Patch) which just keeps him steady and great.

I have my goal to grow my brokerage to the point where if anything should suddenly go awry - I have a fabulous set up that will carry me through any rough times.  I love my clients and the business.   My clients know I have a crazy passion to make sure no rock remains unturned in their transactions.    No surprises later! 

I am excited to say my goal was to accomplish this in 5 years, and I am close to on track.   I will never give up the transaction side of real estate - waaay too much passion for it!  BUT, I have set up a system whereby I have back up that is amazing if and when I ever need it.   

Another year and a half, and my business will be where I set my goals to be.   

I am GRATEFUL for every day he has that is normal and good.    I am grateful for every day that I can work with folks that need me, - whether real estate clients, kids, or my husband.  

We still have that amazing life going on that we started many years ago, and for that - I am grateful!!!  


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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Congratulations.  This was so beautifully written and shows what an awesome and strong spirit you have.  Your thankfulness and gratitude is so evident. 

Dec 05, 2014 11:44 AM #25
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Thanks so much for your compassion and understanding, Patricia!

awww. Jerry, that is so very sweet of you to say!

Debe - thanks!    It is different from what you imagine when a child, but still amazing!

Lanre- he has always been a participator in our marriage - I am lucky

Kathleen - Thanks!

Sybil- thanks, I sure do!


Dec 05, 2014 11:47 AM #26
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Sally - you gave me the opportunity to collect some thoughts- thanks for the contest!

Tammie -  Thanks!    This is a very special community!

Dec 05, 2014 11:52 AM #27
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Dagny thanks for inspirational story. I is extremely touching during the holiday seasons since many people have a lot of personal challeges.  

Dec 05, 2014 11:56 AM #28
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Dagny,

Congratulations on a beautifully wining gratitude story! You are an amazing mother and wife and my hat is off to you! Thank you for sharing.

Dec 05, 2014 11:58 AM #29
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Congratulations on your third place win in the Gratitude Contest! You deserve it!

Dec 05, 2014 12:51 PM #30
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Love your take on gratitude and congratulate you on a well deserved win!

Dec 05, 2014 12:54 PM #31
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dagny Eason I'd like to Thank God for dealing the 'cool hands' - and congrats for being on track with your goals - as well as winning the contest.

Dec 05, 2014 01:09 PM #32
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Dagny Eason you are blessed with a great family and business. You and your husband are an inspiration! Wish you the best and hope you reach your goals sooner than expected. Congratulations! 

Dec 05, 2014 01:59 PM #33
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It defiinitely does compound like interest in a bank when we use more of it. Love and light.

Dec 05, 2014 03:28 PM #34
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

AND before I forget, Lanre has a point. Good guy you have! So cool beans it is lol.

Dec 05, 2014 03:30 PM #35
Randy Kirsch
Right Trac Financial Group, Inc., NMLS# 2709 - Manchester, CT
(NMLS# 1012303) Your Dedicated Mortgage Consultant

Dagny Eason - good morning.  Congratulations on your showing in the gratitude contest.  You post was really very good, quite full of emotion and inspiration.

Thanks for sharing.

Dec 05, 2014 07:04 PM #36
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Attitude of Gratitude is what takes you to places in life

Dec 05, 2014 07:33 PM #37
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

What a wonderful story of gratitude!  Staying positive and thankful is definitely a much better way to go through life.

Dec 05, 2014 08:08 PM #38
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Plenty of reasons to be grateful, Dagny. Your attitude is inspirational and we can all learn from it. The best to you.

Dec 05, 2014 08:56 PM #39
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Grateful for what you have that is more than enough. It is built within and a choice of how to look at the World around you from within. Internal joy not external unhappiness because of this, this and that around you that you react to. Change within, wage war there not with other people and their quirky all not quite like our own personalities. (Thank goodness) Excellent post about simple living. Like your play by play of your day to day life.

Dec 05, 2014 09:07 PM #40
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Dagny, You are a strong and sweet woman.  I love the way you live life with such zest and positivity.  I believe miracles happen when you embrace life with the openess and love that you have in your heart.  I'm so glad to see you had a winning entry in this contest.  Hope we will always be friends.  I hold you in high esteem both personally and professionally. 

Dec 05, 2014 11:49 PM #41
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Dagney, what a great outlook on life you have. I love that these posts help all of us here on AR get to know a little more about who we all are. It's obvious that you are a driven and caring person who is grateful for everything you have.

Dec 06, 2014 03:41 AM #42
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dagny- i love your love story and yes, judging from what I just read, and from what I see in your profile picture.... you have a blessed and amazing life.  I am also glad to hear that your husband continues to do well.  They say that attitude is everything .. well just add gratitude to that as well.. you have that in abundance.

Dec 06, 2014 10:23 AM #43
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Thank you for sharing your story Dagny. Adversity in our lives can test us. It's how we come out on the other end that really shows who we are!

Dec 07, 2014 02:33 AM #44
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