I have no gifts to bring....

By
Real Estate Agent with ReMax Realtec Group
https://activerain.com/droplet/4LXy

The song "Little Drummer Boy" presents the dilemma of a boy who can only offer his talent as a gift.

"I'll play my drum for you,"  

What if all we had was our talent to give?


 

Too much stuff. I have too much stuff!

Sometimes I throw out food, because I have too much.

And at this time of year, I think about the too much I have and feel compelled to be benevolent to others. 

This year my adopted family consists of four children and mother living in shelter provided housing.

The ten things on their list included a bicycle and things that young children cherish.

At the bottom of the list was 'A mop.'

The mother requested a simple string mop.

I was busy buying all that was on the list. It made me feel really, really good.

Then, at the end of the list, a mop. Well, what good is a mop without a bucket, so I bought a bucket too.

A mop!  My heart is so troubled, my peace disturbed....she requested a mop.

I loaded the Pilot with items from the list and delivered them as instructed.  Well not exactly.

From the mop I snipped a string, the one appearing here, a reminder always for me, I have too much stuff.


 Those reading this blog are more than likely to be real estate professionals who have a legacy of helping others for many years in this business, many lives engaged. To those who ask we offer our talents everyday. "I'll play my drum for you...." is a gift from our genuine heart, the real person behind the name badge. 

Let us be challenged to play the very best we can....Everyday.

"Let me play my drum for you,"  means:

Never engage in gossip
Let your words be tender and sweet
Make your word your promise
Speak those things that are wholesome, uplifting.
Do not let the sun do down on your anger
Speak no unwholesome word
Say what is good for edification at the moment
Do not give bitterness, anger or slander refuge in your heart or mind
Be kind to one another
Be kind hearted
Forgive


 

Our lives have been sedated by the things we possess to bring to us comfort. Each possession distances us from knowing the anguish and pain in which others may live.

Living with less will bring us more. 

More in an awareness that we can inject into the lives of others a breeze that brightens the ember of hope that lives within them.  

From hope emerges the courage to make change.

Make sure you play the very best, everyday, the drum of your talent.

Wishing you all the very best in personal and professional success,
Annette

 

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Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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That is very kind of you to donate those items.  I like the string from the mop as a reminder.

Dec 14, 2015 03:25 AM #1
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Wow... Annette.  This is a beautiful post!  I hope it gets featured!  

I happen to be listening to this version of  Hallelujah in the background when I was reading your post.  What an awesome combination: 

Dec 14, 2015 08:51 AM #2
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

By-the-way, do you mind if I share this on my social media sites?

Dec 14, 2015 08:53 AM #3
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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I'm more than a year late in reading this post (and commenting), but what a wonderful way to remember your thoughts when purchasing this mop. I have too much stuff as well, and I've been slowly eliminating what I can. Thank you for this post.

Mar 21, 2017 08:28 AM #4
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

@ Kat Palmiotti  you are very welcome and I am humbled at the extraordinary effort you have made.

Surrounding us, maybe even just the other-side of the fence are those who carry a heavy burden, who may be living a season of misery. I have been there as have many others here on Active Rain, and the string reminds me of the isolation that engulfs where one is so small they only can seek a mop.

"Never Forget" means something different for me.  For me, the string,  is a reminder, a call to keep the discipline, and be always grateful for that from which I was delivered.

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