I've been a human all my life. I started off without much awareness, bad eyesight, not much hair and pooping myself regularly! :)
Over time, a lot has changed and some things haven't. I'm still a human over half a century later! With that comes the same Life challenges we all face accompanied with a full range of emotions from the highest to the lowest. Wants and needs are there, and sometimes the challenge is understanding the difference between the two!
Now if you wonder where I'm heading with this ramble, recently Tony Lewis asked a question about a blog post about Easter and his beliefs.
As you might expect, the post generated the full range of answers from "I never discuss politics or religion" to "Why hide who you are?".
For each of us, it's a personal decision to make. How much of our personal self and our day to day life to highlight to the public in our blogs and other social media? We can be totally sterile or totally open, or any point in between to our choosing.
Fact is I became a Christian long before I became a real estate agent and one is vastly more important to me than the other. It's not something I choose to hide, but it's also something I'm not going to be in your face about either. I'm not perfect, just trying to make the best decisions I can on a daily basis.
There's a quote in our email signature block that simply states our philosophy:
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi
We hope that through our actions you know who we are and what we're about. And sometimes we'll use words, a blog post inviting people to our church's Easter service, or a post about our church's Habitat for Humanity Build The Walls event.
We've had clients contact us specifically because they liked something about our Faith in a monthly newsletter or we mentioned elsewhere. We've probably also had people choose not to contact us for exactly the same reasons. Like I said, it's a personal decision and one I happily make.
Don't mistake my choice for thinking that my desire is only to work or be friends with those of like faith. I enjoy working with people of all cultures and faiths and if the conversation turns to the personal, learning more about our differences and similarities. That added understanding is beneficial to ALL my clients!
Now there are topics I'd prefer not to discuss, and again, that's a personal choice. You want to talk pets? I'm there. Sports? We can do that too! You want to get heated about politics? Sorry, but only rarely am I going to venture there. After all, I'm only human :)
Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help!
Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz