People come and go so quickly, here.

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

As Realtors, we work with many people.  Some of them we enjoy, others, not so much.  But regardless, they tend to drift in and out of our lives with some frequency.

Colleagues, who work alongside us, for days, weeks and certainly years.  Some of those colleagues we thoroughly enjoy, lunching, participating in transactions, talking business, touring homes.

Clients who work with us for a period of time, and then drift away to conduct their lives, only to resurface, if we're fortunate, a ways down the road when they're ready to move to the next property.

Friends, whose lives are intertwined with ours.  We know their lives, their families, their children.  We participate in their life events... sometimes we help with purchases or sales, we attend births, birthdays, weddings.

Our own families.  Some drift in and out... some more out than in.  Some we wish would drift further our, and others remain but aren't really there at all.

And all of them, regardless of our relationships, just like Glinda (look it up) drift into our lives, and just as quickly, drift away.

Appreciate them all.  They are, after all, what makes life worth living.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 1710 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
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Jim Smith
The Property Management Company - Round Rock, TX




 noun: relationship; plural noun: relationships

 the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.

 We stay connected with some, and merely remain acquainted with most, due to the connectivity, the energy, the common interests, and the desire to remain connected.

 Our encounters are like the billboards along the highway:  Some we see far away, some are flashy, most are not interesting; yet, once and awhile, one grabs our attention creating a need to retain the message, and likely the connection.


Sep 06, 2016 12:37 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                                 Thank you Alan May 

Sep 10, 2016 11:46 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Alan - good connection to the Wizard of Oz.  If we don't stop to appreciate people they will be gone.

Sep 10, 2016 09:21 PM #10
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Great post...every once in a while a departed person enters my mind, brings me a smile and the hope that they got all they wished for.

Sep 10, 2016 09:44 PM #11
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. Certainly opens your eyes and makes you stop and think! Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Sep 10, 2016 10:25 PM #12
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Alan, I get repeated reminders that life is short and so much petty drama is just not worth it.  Enjoy what we can, while we can.  Bill

Sep 10, 2016 10:42 PM #13
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Good morning Alan.  Who would not recognize that famous line? I too can hear Dorothy speaking and yes, it's all about the people we meet and the connections we make!

Sep 10, 2016 11:01 PM #14
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Alan May,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured this in her post of her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. Every moment we have on this journey we call life is precious and should not be taken for granted. Thanks for your post..most inspiring.

Sep 10, 2016 11:04 PM #15
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Alan. What a lovely and poignany post this is. Thank you.

Sep 10, 2016 11:26 PM #16
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

A nice read this Sunday morning. I am glad that you have been one of those who I have followed since I began my AR journey back in 2009!

Sep 10, 2016 11:38 PM #17
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Alan May good food for thought this morning.... drifting in and out of one's life whether in business or personal is not a bad gives everyone an opportunity to meet and focus on others.... when I was a kid (and God was a child!) I learned to make new friends and keep the old; one is silver and the other gold!!! 

Sep 10, 2016 11:41 PM #18
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Alan, how'd I miss this one?  What a terrific post and so true!

Sep 11, 2016 01:02 AM #19
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

My son moved across where we lived 38 years ago. I strike conversation with a few remaining old timers.  I told one I have fotos of the rocket booster firing and employees and wanted to share with him.  I saw him again he told me he is moving away and put the house on the market.  People are mobile again.

Sep 11, 2016 02:17 AM #20
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Your post strikes a paritcular chord with me in its timing.  This week our company lost a long time top producing agent and genuine good guy.  When I heard of his death, I was stunned. Glad I got the chance to know him.

Sep 11, 2016 03:37 AM #21
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

What a great post.  Very thought-provoking.  Makes one appreciate the people who have touched our lives and to never take those relationships for granted.

Sep 11, 2016 03:59 AM #22
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I believe that folks come in and out of our lives for a reason, a season, or forever.

Sep 11, 2016 04:04 AM #23
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


This is all so true. It really makes you think about the many people that come and go - business, personal and family. It keeps life interesting, and enjoyable (most of the time). Losses are always tough - I was reminded of this last night after learning my cousin and his wife lost their 16-year-old daughter and 2 friends in a car accident yesterday. There are no words...


Sep 11, 2016 05:50 AM #24
David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

Great post, and really good advice that we should always try to keep in mind.

Sep 11, 2016 12:26 PM #25
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Alan May - now you made me emotional!

Met many and lost a few on my way - so I'd just say, cherish the moment!

"Appreciate them all.  They are, after all, what makes life worth living."

Sep 11, 2016 01:49 PM #26
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I'm embarrassed to admit I teared up a little bit on this post. I'm really missing my kids and Tom is out of town. Feeling a little lonely today. Not to mention, that darn Glinda never stayed in one place for very long.

Sep 12, 2016 01:27 AM #27
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