If you're a REALTOR, you know stress. You are intimately involved with it. But what do you do when it grabs you in its talons and threatens to fly up, up, and away with you?
The past few days have been stressful due to a few problematic transactions. What makes them stressful is things not being completed over which I have no control. Details that seemingly should have been completed weeks ago remain undone and closings are now in jeopardy. I'm a detail girl. I like to do the heavy lifting at the beginning of a transaction so the final days leading up to the closing are smooth.
Granted, I've added to my own "to-do" list by taking on a few additional requests for clients, helping them with adjunct things, but that's all doable when the rest of my business life moves along smoothly. And I truly am blessed that I have many transactions in the pipeline, so natually a few will scream out for more attention than the others.
Yet at the end of the business day today, learning that a settlement that must occur tomorrow will not, I felt... overwhelmed. My clients are amazingly great people who deserve to have this go smoothly and despite my every effort, it's not.
And... what did I decide to do last night that only enhanced the wonders of today? I followed the heedings of the repeated messages on my computer and upgraded to Windows 10. I downloaded it and then left it to install itself while I drifted off to sleep. Awakening today, I saw that it had finished, closed up the laptop and headed off into my day. Home inspection, meetings with clients, and finally back at the office at the end of the day, I opened the laptop and... couldn't get online. Not to be outdone, I pirated an ethernet line from a desktop and tried to print one of many documents I needed and... couldn't communicate with the printer. Talk about adding to the stress! I'm pretty smart and got to a few of what appeared to be the right settings but in the course of it, I think I changed a few passwords, too. (More stress) Chrome, which I love, was now usurped by esomething. Google wiped out by Bing. (Good grief. Does stress have an end game?)
And then two things happened. I remembered that my tech guy was available to command my computer remotely online (which I now am, too, without the ethernet line, thanks to him) and my daughter called.
"Hey, Mom. What's up?"
As I downloaded the day's events, the stress just faded away.
"Come home, Mom. I'll make you some dinner."
She's part of what's truly important to me. Doing my job well, taking care of my clients... that's all part of it. The things I cannot control are just that: things I cannot control.
So tonight, I'll remember the things that matter. I'll be grateful for the things done well and I'll be grateful for the people I love.
My daughter just texted me.
"I'm defrosting shrimps."
"And they won't be served at your office."
Yep, I'm headed home.