Practicing the 3 G's

By
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Southwest 391804

I've read a lot of blogs, email, and Facebook posts about having a "word" for the year.  Some chose joy, some adventure and many added other choices.  I'm doing three.  Let's call them the 3 G's:

Graciousness-defined as "very polite in a way that shows respect." What if I try harder to react without anger at things that go wrong and remain civil in the heat of battle-be it a real estate transaction or a political debate?  What if I let the rude driver go ahead when he tries to cut me off?  OK, honestly, I will have to work on that one.  What if I gave someone the benefit of the doubt when they come across as a know it all.  What if I really worked on responding graciously.  When my oldest daughter worked as a summer swim coach, I remember one of the mothers telling me that my kid was very gracious.  I still remember that compliment all these years later. 

Generousity -actually defined as the quality of being kind,  understanding and not selfish.  In my opinion we have already won the lottery by being born in the greatest country in the world.  We take for granted that there are clothes in our closets and food on our tables.  However, you don't have to look far to find someone that could use a hand.  Our neighborhood Facebook page blew up last month with the news that a woman was sleeping on a park bench not far from us.  It was amazing what a few concerned folks were able to accomplish to help this lady.  And it doesn't have to be money.  What if I gave more of my time?  What if I helped the new agent in the office?  What if I delivered Meals on Wheels?  Or volunteered at the local elementary school during lunch hours.  There are infinite ways to practice generousity.

Gratitude - a feeling of appreciation or thanks.  Last year, I attended more funerals that I would have preferred.  We are not guaranteed tomorrow.  No one is. It's pretty easy to get drawn into the "woe is me" Eyore mindset.  The deal didn't close.  The inspection report sucked.  The buyer quit his job two days before closing.  If 6 good things and 1 bad thing happen in a day, what do we tend to focus on.  Bingo!  There's a reason the news folks say "if it bleeds, it leads".  My goal this year is to go forth in gratitude.  At my age, I'm a lot closer to the end than the beginning.  Heck, I'm older than Disney, but I'm not going to let that dim the gratitude that I feel.  Everyday I get to do a job I love.  I have a good family.  I have some crazy, wonderful friends.  And, as the sticker on my car says "Life is Good".  

Here is to 2016!  Let's all try a bit more Graciousness, Generosity and Gratitude and see how it works!

Comments (10)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Those are terrific words to practice for the new year Jeanne Gregory . I don't see what groups you posted this to. You should definitely post it to some of the Christian groups.

Jan 16, 2016 06:59 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Jeanne!  this is a wonderful post, and you know?  It's not just for the Christian groups.  This is a way for anyone to live a happy life.

Jan 16, 2016 07:52 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Premiere Plus Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

Love each and every word to express how I feel about the new year also.  A wonderful way to live a happy life and to help those around you also.

Jan 16, 2016 09:14 AM
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

I really enjoyed reading this, Jeanne. Great traits to to live by.

 

Jan 16, 2016 11:44 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Jeanne!

I included this post in todays Last Week's Favorites on ActiveRain.  And enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Jan 16, 2016 11:43 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Jeanne, found this on Bob "RealMan" Timm 's re-blog and I gotta tell ya, I'm thrilled and inspired by your 3 "Gs". I love your bumpersticker, too. I have one that my dear friend Ron and Alexandra Seigel (A) sent me that is on my dashboard:

Things are always working out for me! A great mantra. 

Life IS Good!

Jan 17, 2016 02:58 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thanks for the mention Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 the post has gotten quite a few remarks on my reblog

Jan 17, 2016 04:08 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

I came from Bob's excellent choice for a reblog. So simple, so powerful, and not easy to do.

With my short fuse, it is a challenge though...

Jan 17, 2016 12:18 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Trying to react without anger! And there is just a split second between our thoughts and reaction, Jeanne Gregory !

And, Gratitude is always my first 'G' which leads to the remaining two - Generosity and Graciousness.

Excellent post.

Jan 18, 2016 05:13 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I love your three G's and live by them myself every day.  In fact, I think we could call Active Rain a 3-G network.

Jan 18, 2016 09:38 AM
Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

These are all great words for 2016! We are not guaranteed tomorrow so we need to live life out loud and full of all of these. 

My word for the year is intentional. 

Jan 20, 2016 03:23 AM