Ask An Ambassador: Blogging My Humanity

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

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

 

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Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

A timely post as we approach a special time of year for many. I think being a human means to remember others may have different ideas and thoughts and that is OK. We all need to live together and work together, so respecting each other is a big first step. I agree with you that a lot of stuff gets old very fast and is not worth the time or the aggravation.

Apr 06, 2017 10:49 AM #15
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

All of what you wrote was always the gold standard in how to operate in business but, now, we see anything and everything and I'm often shocked at how little this seems to impact us. It appears that anything goes if that is one's personality.

Apr 06, 2017 12:03 PM #16
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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I have known very little of you over the years - but your words and the way you write them, told me the kind of person you are.  I will remember St. Francis's quote - it's beautiful.

Apr 06, 2017 12:42 PM #17
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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We all seem to be so cautious about our belief system due to the fact we feel that we are judged all the time and we don't want to alienate anyone Liz and Bill Spear. That being said I applaud people who aren't afraid of their religious beliefs or there physical handicaps or limitations. I have lost clients in the past due to the fact I did not want to discuss politics and the fact of the matter was we are were basically on the same page just different interpretations...

Apr 06, 2017 12:54 PM #18
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Really well said Bill. I share a bit here and there and have made it quite clear how I feel regarding politics.  I hope I haven't gone so far as to upset anyone. There are several people I unfriended on facebook because of their outspoken rudeness and I certainly don't want to be considered in that category. 

 

Apr 06, 2017 01:26 PM #19
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Nick & Trudy, No doubt, there is no one belief system that has the monopoly on expecting people to act in kindness and respect to each other.  And even when we have the same belief system, there are numerous iterations within.

Jill, When you look at mainstream culture, some seem to thrive by being as outrageous as possible.  Not my style and never will be.

Margaret, I'm fairly reserved about putting out a lot of my personal life on the WWW.  Every now and again I'll pull back the curtains as to my background, what I do when I'm NOT working engineering or real estate, etc.   And I'm pretty much the same way on my personal FB page.  I'm not about making people mad (at least not intentionally).

Paul, In general for political purposes I'm pretty middle ground, Liz is for sure more right side :)  But the irony is despite all the attempts to paint one side and the other as the extreme opposites of each other, I think the difference are exaggerated.  There's profit in keeping us divided, so that beat will go on and on and on.

Sharon, I respect people's rights to have their views as long as they can express them civilly.  Militants from either end of the political spectrum are the ones that I have little use for. I did unfollow a couple of people on FB because ALL they posted was political sniping.  It was petty on a regular basis and I just didn't need that in my life.

Apr 06, 2017 01:55 PM #20
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Steven Simmons and Marti Schmidt
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Good food for thought. Love the quote.

Apr 06, 2017 02:10 PM #21
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Mick Michaud
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Beliefs and personal choice.  Interesting dichotomy at times.  I personally will not buy anything from Starbucks because of their stated stance on social issues that contradict my values.  I will not give my money to an organization that has stated they will use it to battle my values.

And therein lies the personal choice to trumpet or not my beliefs.  Others have the right to react to my stated positions as I have to Starbucks. 

 

Apr 06, 2017 08:17 PM #22
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Steven & Marti, It's one of the best we've ever heard.

Mick, It can be tough to make our choices.  Personal, political, there's rarely an exact alignment anywhere.  A company may do fantastic work in one arena that is dear to us, but offset it with another action that is directly opposed.  And with it all does come the potential for the reactions to us, both positive and negative.

Apr 07, 2017 04:09 AM #23
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Liz and Bill Spear what a well written and stated point of view.

I have always found it interesting that if I state a point of view that others become so hostile. There is no way in the world that we will all see things the same. I happen to be secure enough in who I am that if someone disagrees with me and says so, I can take it. 

You have your values and you weigh the cost of expressing yourself. There are some things you hold to yourself while others are so important you carefully express them. I applaud you for that.

My faith is very important to me and I am not ashamed to say that I am a Christian. I have counted the cost of saying that and for me the cost is something I am willing to pay.

Thanks for sharing.

Apr 07, 2017 12:52 PM #24
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John, It's a measured approach on my part, and sometimes I'll step out of my comfort zone with an opinion. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it doesn't, but when I step out I own it.  My Faith is an area where I have no hesitation, much bigger picture than real estate :)

Apr 07, 2017 01:13 PM #25
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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Interesting article, well I try to live out my faith daily. I think it's a very natural to believe that there is a creator, a design and plan shaping the world and our lives. Most people that know me, know I am a Christian.  Saying that I choose to respect people from all walks of life, Everyone has a story and I enjoy listening. What I don't like is when people put other people down for their faith or politics.  Politics has a bad smell, and if they want to know about my faith they will usually ask me. I pretty much keep business business.

Apr 07, 2017 02:35 PM #26
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Kathy Streib
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                                  Thank you Liz and Bill Spear 

Apr 08, 2017 05:45 PM #27
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Liz and Bill Spear ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib feautured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week, as I missed it. Good topic and is a decision we each get to make about revealing more of our personal side in our post, blos and marketing. I steer clear of controversy, especially politics,  with people I don't know well, especially clients. I astounded at how ridiculous people have gotten about politics but,  I've learned a LOT about some people.

Apr 09, 2017 07:14 AM #28
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Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Political views have become so emotionally charged and polarized that I try to steer clear of those discussions.  If someone asks me directly, I will tell them where I am on the political spectrum.  I'm spiritual, but not religious, so that doesn't come up at all.  If you look at my Facebook page, it's all about my cats.  Pets are a safe, common ground to connect with other people.

Apr 09, 2017 08:10 AM #29
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Steven, That part (the putting down of others) is the hardest for me to walk away from, especially when there's an intersection of religion and politics.  When someone posts "this is all the fault of Christians", I'm challenged to just ignore that.

Kathy, Thanks for including us!

Dorie,  Sometimes I wish I steered clear of those topics even with people I know well :)  I've learned a lot, much of it I wish I didn't know in regards to how people react.

Gail, Beware, you might provoke the cat-haters!!! :)

Apr 09, 2017 01:41 PM #30
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good Evening Liz and Bill - I will stay out political talk but discussing faith is another matter

Apr 09, 2017 03:37 PM #31
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Grant, And on that we're on the same page :)

Apr 09, 2017 04:09 PM #32
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Kat Palmiotti
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Yes, we all have to make our own decisions on what we do or don't share and that's exactly as it should be.

 

Apr 10, 2017 03:24 AM #33
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Kat, The beauty of blogging, we can all pick our path and choose what is comfortable for us.

Apr 10, 2017 11:52 AM #34
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