Appreciative Memories, Gratitude, & Regrets of Lost Opportunities.

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Thankfulness Challenge, Appreciative Memories, Gratitude, and Regrets of Lost Opportunities.Thank you

As I was reading through the suggestions for Jim Cheney ’s challenge tonight my thoughts wandered to the many people that I am thankful for and how I really should be doing more.

I have been around for a long time and the opportunities to feel gratitude and the number of people that I am grateful for is such a long and flowing list.

Yet a list that never gets the recognition that it deserves, or more precisely the people on this list do not get the recognition and accolades that they deserve.

Millions of times over the years I have thought in my heart after leaving a meeting or event that I really need to send this person a thank you note, or more. 

And millions of times, life got in the way and that note, or gift never got written or sent.

Lost opportunities to brighten the day of someone who had earned a brighter day.

Unfortunately, many of these people are long gone, and others would not even remember that event, the act, or possibly even remember me.


Moving Forward to a Better Approach.

Well the past is the past and that is where I will have to leave those regrets as I move on toward a better habit of showing my appreciation.

I do need to develop some better habits of taking the time to show this gratitude in a way beyond a simple “Thank You” from time to time.

Systems are important in most things and I do need to develop a system and a habit for this too.

  • Those hand written Thank You notes that everyone keeps talking about may never get written, not in my DNA, so I may need to seek a different solution that will have the same impact as the hand-written notes do.
  • Social media is getting to be the great communicator in our world, maybe something here would help. 
  • Perhaps a public Thank You and endorsement of them and their business on Facebook or LinkedIn.
  • I know that emails are impersonal, but they are still better than no note at all. 
  • In my training or Keller Williams we do spend a lot of time training ourselves to make calls for 2 hours per day, maybe at least one of these days could be dedicated to making nothing but calls of gratitude.

Hopefully a few friends who are reading this could suggest a few other ways that I can incorporate more signs of gratitude into my business and life.


For the millions of people out there who I owe a thank you note to; please know that the gratitude for you is there, in my heart, even if it never got communicated to you as well as it should have been.

And I will work on doing better in the future.



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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Bob Crane it's almost impossible to show the thanks that's deserved to everyone we cross paths with....all we can do is attempt to be mindful at that moment....

Dec 01, 2017 04:20 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Bob. The first step is understanding you need to do more. I certainly do! Enjoy your day!

Dec 01, 2017 04:26 AM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Bob.  I think that those who you've helped throughout the years don't actually need confirmation of your thanks.  They already know it.

Dec 01, 2017 06:02 AM #3
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Bob Crane - You always have to find the path that works best for you!

Dec 01, 2017 06:45 AM #4
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Good morning, Bob - your post certainly resonates with me; I also have regrets for the notes and calls that never were made. I really like your idea to spend one of your phone call days making calls of thanks -- I'd like to incorporate that in my practice---and I'll start by thanking you! thanks!!!

Dec 01, 2017 07:29 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Bob - when I read this posts I always feel like I could do more which I try to do.

Dec 01, 2017 08:55 AM #6
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, I think we all could say we missed a few opportunities, and still don't think an email is that impersonal.    At least it is reaching out.  

Dec 01, 2017 12:26 PM #7
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Bob, lost opportunities are better left in the past! I'm sure you'll recognize new opportunities and are ready to seize them!

Dec 01, 2017 12:56 PM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I think however we can make a connection is good. Missed opportunities may happen from time to time, but living a life with a full heart and a good intent ( which you appear to do ) is pretty darn valuable. Don't ever look back, learn from the past, live in the moment, and aim for the best in the future. D

Dec 01, 2017 04:24 PM #9
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

We had our annual planning meeting at the office this week and my Broker suggested I make 3 calls a day or write three thank you notes a day, to which I replied, "What are you trying to do to me? You know that isn't practical?" (I said in half jest). So, don't beat yourself up, but go ahead and use blank Thank You cards (or company provided note cards) and keep them in a reachable spot on your desk. Scribble that note as soon as you think of it and drop it in the mail. But I think the recommendations on LinkedIn is a brilliant idea, too. :)

Dec 01, 2017 05:21 PM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Dedicating one day to calls of gratitude is a great idea. It would feel so good at the end of the day and bet you would get lots of new leads.

Dec 01, 2017 06:19 PM #11
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Nice honest post Bob Crane .  Gratitude definitly needs to be conveyed sincerely.

Dec 01, 2017 08:23 PM #12
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

I think many more thank you notes would be written if we had those addresses at hand. Having an email address or knowing where someone works doesn't help much!

We have a favorite checker at our grocery store, so last year I called the store to get their address and her last name so I could send a Christmas card and a small gift.

What I regret is the calls I didn't make to people who have now passed on.

Dec 01, 2017 10:40 PM #13
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Bob, your post has inspired me to be more intentional at Thanking others.

I know it will improve my attitude as well as the ones we thank.

Dec 02, 2017 05:27 AM #14
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

We always think we’re going to live forever but I don’t know anyone who ever has. It’s interesting that way.

Dec 03, 2017 10:46 PM #15
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Your post really struck home for me - there's so much that I'm grateful to people for and haven't expressed through thank you cards or letters.   Neil Young's song One of these days...expresses this.   My aunt who has since passed wrote wonderful's becoming rather a lost art.    Your idea of making some gratitude calls is wonderful.

Dec 05, 2017 09:02 AM #16
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Yes, M.C. Dwyer a great song that I can identify with often.

Dec 05, 2017 06:11 PM #17
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