Day #9 - Thanks to the AR Community

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Musings 11/24/2016


Today is my 9th entry for Debbie Reynolds Thanksgiving contest. I am thankful for the AR community. The gift of friendship is priceless. In the business world, the AR platform is our foundation - the place where we can go anytime, day or night. Many will log in and wonder, what should I write about today? Whatever topic we decide on comes from a place within. We may report on something that challenges us or perhaps we feel compelled to share our diverse viewpoints. As long as it's not controversial, somebody generally has some positive feedback or remarks and it helps us to know others share our beliefs or perhaps they know of a better way to do business.



For most, the AR platform is a safe place to go and it can be entertaining, inspiring, educational, persuasive, informative, interesting, and instrumental in discovering a better way to do business or learn about new technology. Most will agree, it's worth your time and effort! But the best reason why people like to use the AR platform is to provide support, enjoy camaraderie, get referrals, learn something new, or simply just to know, I'm not alone.



Some members may simply find comfort in writing personal stories. For me,  I'm uncomfortable when it comes to controversial subjects or debates. However, if I can provide comfort to someone who needs to reveal something personal and if it's something I can relate to, I may feel compelled to offer some words of comfort to extend peace and goodwill. The nice part about the AR community is we all have choices and if you don't have something nice to say, you can remain silent. Being rude repels others. Arrogance is not a desirable trait that will win over friends. 



There are choices that readily come to mind. The author of the blog post can communicate something of value. Stories that are relatable often get a response and its fun and educational to know how others handled similar challenges. Finding out how others resolved similar problems or making others aware that potential problems do have viable solutions are good ways to learn. When it comes to universal problems, such as mortgage and lending, FHA, VA, Foreclosures, Short Sales, a shift in the market, it's always helpful to get the experts advice or to know something is coming soon. It's only human to have an opinion, but they are always subject to interpretation and may not be the right answer. There's always more than one right answer. Being respectful is key to developing and maintaining friendship on ActiveRain.  Loss of reputation doesn't gain popularity. Any type of wisdom that can help you in life or in business is a welcoming added value. It helps to say "thank you!"



The best way to showcase your competitive edge and increase popularity is to enter AR Contests! This entry is for the 10 Day Thanksgiving Challenge. When in doubt, I would suggest going directly to the source, the person who offered the contest and ask questions! AR Ambassadors are also very resourceful. An example of excellent competition is by paying attention to the Olympics. Most athletes work as a team and help one another. They know the value of what it means to be disciplined and supportive. They use their athletic abilities and talented gifts to encourage everyone to become better. By the same token, we can improve our own professional skills by being truthful, resourceful, and write stories that matter so that others gain a new perspective, insights, or knowledge. 



Where do I get my inspiration? Everywhere I go. Every place I travel, Every client I have. My mind is always thinking about ways I can express myself here on ActiveRain. I use my own photography. I call this photo, "X Marks the Spot" because it meant something to me when I was recently in Switzerland. The "X" is the reflection from the sky. Even around the globe, I was already thinking about using this photograph and thinking about what I wanted to compose. While at home, ActiveRain is my "X" - it's where inspiration springs forth out of my soul. As members of ActiveRain, I hope you all know how much gratitude I have for you. Happy Thanksgiving, this 24th day of November, 2016.


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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Patricia

Happy Thanksgiving!

What a wonderful post to read on this special day, about a very special place and many special people. And I'm thankful to have gotten to know you!!


Nov 24, 2016 11:28 AM #1
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes

Happy Thanksgiving Patricia I hope it is wonderful !

Nov 24, 2016 01:39 PM #2
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

A beautifyl post Patricia, Active Rain members are like none other. We all kind of belong together...

Nov 24, 2016 03:58 PM #4
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia I hope today was a very blessed Thanksgiving Day for you :) :) :)

Nov 24, 2016 04:05 PM #5
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Those are lovely words, Patricia and so glad you participated in the challenge. I say it makes us more thankful when we voice it. I know I have read many posts that I felt were just what I was thinking. I became inspired, humbled and enriched by reading the gratitude posts. I am thankful to all that participated. There have been hundreds and when I am finished, I would have read each and every one. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Nov 24, 2016 06:14 PM #6
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Hi Patricia! Just dropping by to wish you a happy Thanksgiving! Much love your way!! XOXO, Joni!

Nov 24, 2016 06:25 PM #7
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Patricia Feager - ActiveRain - a community that is above any such thing I have seen! Yes, I love ActiveRain.

Nov 24, 2016 11:38 PM #8
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I love the post. Thank you for sharing. Have a good weekend 

Nov 25, 2016 04:04 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

ActiveRain provides so much for all of us and I definitely enjoy interacting with all of the wonderful people here!  What an amazing photo and I love that X marks the spot.

Nov 25, 2016 05:42 AM #10
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Thanks for the uplifting have a lot to be thankful for and are lucky!

Nov 25, 2016 06:37 AM #11
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Patricia -- beyond the business aspects of this forum, I'm particularly surprised about the relationships that have occurred from membership here.  Most of the virtual variety but some in real life too.  

Nov 25, 2016 07:55 AM #12
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Patricia, such soulfulness always springs forth from your posts! I'm not a debater, either. Make Love Not War. Yup, let's you and I grasp hands and walk into nature to absorb more of her bounty. I made suet the other day and thanked you (again) for sharing that simple recipe that my gray jays love so much! 

Nov 25, 2016 10:24 AM #13
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