I'm grateful for the gift of reflection

Real Estate Agent with The Virtual Real Estate Team 104556

On this final gratitude post on the day of Thanksgiving I wanted to reflect on reflection. Reflection should never be about self incrimination for failings or what went wrong since that is a part of life. What is is for me is something that comes out of quiet and solitude. In Oklahoma City I like to start the day with quiet time that gives me the silence to reflect and let my mind wonder. It always seems to know where to go without me trying to control it. When I am in Florida at our home by the ocean it is different. My reflection comes on the beach as I walk with Charlene and Henri. We do not fill up the time with talk, instead we let the sound of the waves be like chanting a mantra that let's the mind run free. It is a form of silence and makes me think of the old saying of the sound of one hand clapping.

I remember a line of dialog from the movie Kundun which was about the life of the Dalai Lama. The Chinese had overrun Tibet and the speakers we constantly playing nationalistic Chinese songs of propaganda. The Dalai Lama says to his chief advisor, "they have taken away our silence". We are filled with so much noise with angry politics, the inane rants on social media, and of course the constant noise of the television. To be sane and to reflect we need to be one with nature and all that is natural. I am not saying that it means only look on the bright side of life. Today I reflected on one of my investors who is a pain in the ass always looking for what is wrong to criticize. Tomorrow I will inform him we will be glad to refund his earnest money and best wishes. We have five core values and the first one is gratitude. We are grateful for those who put their trust in us and we want to work with people who are grateful for our expertise and quality care.

In this 2018 holiday season let us hope we have the time and the silence to reflect on what life provides for us. We can do this in a non-judgemental way and we do have the ability to control at least a part of our destiny within ourselves and that which we can't control we can be like the Laughing Buddha and reflect on the absurdity of it all. The picture I have is an entry we tool this morning to Jupiter Beach through the sea grapes. It is a bit jungle like, a touch dark, but what i would like you to do is use your imagination. You hear the noise of the waves crashing in, and you emerge to a bright sunlight that is making the coastal water turquoise. I smile comes to your face and your body is filled with good feelings. All the issues of the past, all the problems in the present, and any foreboding for the future is lost in the light, the sound, and the colors. The only thought filling you up is kindness. Hopefully this is a day where we can reflect and be glad. I wish you peace.

Comments (18)

Frank Harper
Idaho Family Real Estate - Boise, ID
Broker/Owner, Realtor, GRI, SFR.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Idaho Family Real Estate!


Nov 22, 2018 07:56 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I miss my long walks on the oceanfront where we lived for many years.

Related image

Nov 22, 2018 08:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Joe Pryor,

 A lovely post on this day of thankfulness. I wish you peace too.

Nov 22, 2018 09:09 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Happy Thanksgiving to you and family

Nov 22, 2018 10:56 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Very thoughtful post...Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 22, 2018 04:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joe- when we can look at all we have and count our blessings, I think it makes it a bit easier to divest ourselves of the things or people who bring us down. Hope that you, Charlene and Henri had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 


Nov 22, 2018 05:29 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Joe.

I count my blessings each day.  Reflecting on what I've accomplished this year and what next year will bring.  2019, is going to be exciting  

Nov 23, 2018 02:00 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Reflecting on the wonders of the world is a worthwhile thing to do, I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2018 05:13 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Hindsight (Reflection) is one of our valuable tools in to assessing and reassessing life.

Nov 23, 2018 09:55 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Joe, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 23, 2018 10:10 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Joe. What a lovely and poignant post. I wish you continuing peace too.

Nov 23, 2018 10:11 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Bravo, Joe!  What a great message.  I hate the constant barage of noise... politics, social media, buy buy buy.  We need silent time to reflect. 

Nov 23, 2018 10:46 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Solitude and quiet can be a breeding ground for great ideas! I always seem to come back from vacation with a new direction to try.

And kudos for deciding to say goodbye to the investor client. I bet they want you to give it another go.

Nov 24, 2018 03:08 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Beautiful. It sounds as if your reflection led you to your place of power. Glad the pain in the ass is gone, you made a good decision.  Happy Thanksgiving Weekend. D 

Nov 24, 2018 07:42 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Reflection is a wonderful gift to have. I like the quiet time you have to think and reflect each day.

Nov 24, 2018 05:58 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday evening, Joe.

Have an outstanding week.

Nov 27, 2018 03:26 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joe Pryor - I just love those peaceful times of reflection. We seem to be living in a society with too many whiners. Just let them take their money and run the other way. Let there be peace on earth. Isn't the sound of silence just perfect to your ears! 

Nov 27, 2018 08:54 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joe, I am all about reflecting and that is something I always love doing but never thought about being grateful for it, great point, Endre

Nov 30, 2018 11:02 PM

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?