Have a Wonderful 2017!

Reblogger Patricia Feager
Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509


Rarely do I re-blog, however, this is one powerful and beautifully written post BY 

Title Insurance with First American Title. I found Rene's writing to be unique. Through his writing, I discovered he established rapport. He makes meaningful connections with language, sentences, and paragraphs. My eyes shifted from left to right, reading line-by-line. I was not about to skip anything this man wrote. Then he brings me to my knees and in thanksgiving and a prayer he left me speechless, comforting me with a well-known poem, so apropos. As far as I'm concerned, this is social media at its best because he is just a regular man, a blogger on ActiveRain who enjoys life, doing what most of us do when driving - we think. But then something happens to cause a knee-jerk reaction and in one interrupted moment our behavior could change in one split second because like Rene stated, "something really threw me for a loop."
Respectfully, I know your time is valuable but I hope you will take the time to read Rene's story and comment. Making connections like this and reading good material is what I enjoy best about our platform here on ActiveRain.

Patricia Feager

Original content by Rene Fabre

Last Friday I was driving down North Central Avenue in Kent. I’m on my way to Maggie’s On Meeker to meet my friend Dave for a holiday get together over breakfast. My head’s in a deep think year-end buzz about life, the universe, and everything. You know what I mean.

“Wasn’t 2016 like totally something else?” Indeed it was, I’m thinking... My thoughts are running fast this morning, like a free-form jazz rap. “Who needs media today!? Not me, I’m self streaming live, baby!”

My internal kaleidoscope is busy juxtaposing random arrays of past, present and future, when it surfaces... I’m grateful. All things considered, 2016 was a very good year and I’m thankful for family, friends, work, successes, failures, encounters, several events, and a few great adventures too. When I look to 2017 it’s with optimism, yet I confess there was a few times I caught that darned little rascal trepidation, peeking out from behind inner chats.

I remind me that I’m peering into future and I can’t possibly have it all figured out yet. But I can arm myself with a positive vision, gratitude, and a good attitude. I’ll just have to wait and see about a lot of it...

That’s life.

But dang, like everyone, I lost people this year. A few longtime friends, a few acquaintances, a couple of former coworkers, and my dear 2nd cousin, Patty. This last one, a little too close to home, really threw me for a loop and took a while.

Taking stock, I think I accomplished a lot this year, though column B in this little litany of introspection reminds me, “Geez there’s a bunch of stuff I didn’t get to this year.”

Suddenly the traffic light turns yellow, then quickly red. The car to my right and another in the oncoming lane both decide at the same split second to gun it through the intersection which throws our little street scene into chaos. My heart skips several beats and between beat one and beat two my adrenalin shot to the extreme! “You f’n a-holes!” Followed by a Stentato Prestissimo Con fuoco fugue of expletives to embellish my most recent opinions about the etiquette of local drivers.

Hearst carrying veteran to final resting in Kent, Washington.

Then the light turns green and a black limousine hearse passes through the intersection. Oh be still my heart, I swear, it wasn’t just me. Our entire impromptu little intersection gathering turned from indignant cursing rage to a humbled silence.

I’m thinking the universe spoke this day and we were witness. As the limo pulls out in front of me I could see our flag draped over the coffin through the back window. It was so surreal and a powerful reminder of the truly important things in life. I think we were all listening as I observed everyone (including me) driving slowly, quietly, solemnly, away from the scene.

Have a Happy New Year my friends and loved ones! Be kind to one another and share your journey with passion, love, and understanding.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face; and the rains fall soft upon your fields...

Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.


René Fabre

"Where there's conversation, there's opportunity."

Please Note - The views expressed herein reflect only the individual’s personal views and are not the views of the author’s employer.

The Blackberry Chronicles, a blog by Rene Fabre and his travels around the Greater Pacific Northwest and beyond. Connect w/ Rene Fabre on Google+. Rene Fabre on Twitter. Rene Fabre writes reviews on Yelp. Rene Fabre on Linkedin.com The Audiorium YouTube Channel by Rene Fabre. Facebook.com/renefabre Rene Fabre loves digital photography and here are his shares on Flickr. Rene Fabre is a musician and composer and shares some of his orginal music and recordings on Soundcloud. Rene Fabre shares his interests on Pinterest.

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Vickie Teel
Allison James Estates & Homes - Punta Gorda, FL
It's all about YOU!

Thanks for reposting this.  It's a good reminder that life is too short.

Jan 02, 2017 07:00 AM #1
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

If we open up our eyes to the reality of what we have around us, we will get a better focus of what is most important.  Not everyone runs to the same engine, but we are each masters of our own universe

Jan 02, 2017 07:12 AM #2
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Thank you for the reblog. I will head over to comment on the original.

We all know what is important to us; focusing on those things will make our life so much more meaningful.

Jan 02, 2017 07:28 AM #3
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Wow, so glad I did not miss this post.....well said!

Jan 02, 2017 08:05 AM #4
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Patricia Feager - I would have missed this blog had you not reposted it. Thank You! The Universe smacked me upside the head on Super Bowl Sunday last year when my daughter-in-law had a touch and go childbirth. We almost lost her. I really really apreciate my family now more than ever before. 

Jan 02, 2017 08:07 AM #5
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Oh my! Thanks for your very kind words and re-blog Patricia Feager !! I'm honored. Have a great 2017! Happy New Year to you and yours!

Jan 02, 2017 10:33 AM #6
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Patricia Feager Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year as well!

Jan 02, 2017 07:05 PM #7
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