What Does it Take to Be Happy?

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Michael Jacobs blogs have been particularly thoughtful of late, making me think about things. Yesterday he talked a bit about uncertainty. Another blog was a review of the new Van Gogh movie, At Eternity's Gate. Funny how things come together in one's brain. In pondering it, which is something Michael does often, I imagine, ponder, that is, from what I know about Vincent Van Gogh, he was not a very happy person. Tortured, is more like it.

When it comes to uncertainty, I think people end to shy away from it. We like routine and certainty. Not to have it means we're out there on a tightrope, doing the best we can to get from point A to point B, without knowing what will happen. But that's what life is about. And if you embrace uncertainty, you just might discover happiness.

Which is why I wrote the blog I did. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Whose Fault is Your Unhappiness?

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Being happy is a state of mine that only you can provide to yourself!

Jan 30, 2019 01:20 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Well, I am absolutely shocked to find this post written by you, Elizabeth.  I've always thought of you as all business, with only a side order of pleasure!  Hawaii certainly agrees with you! 

By the way, in the past, I made two really significant decisions in life, and both of those were made right there in the islands!  Sometimes, you simply need to get away from the mainland, routine, and allow warm fresh air to dust the cobwebs from your mind!  Don't worry. . .Be happy!

Jan 30, 2019 01:44 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

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

Jan 30, 2019 01:45 PM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Elizabeth - thank you for the mention. Myrl Jeffcoat commented on a post that my pondering caught your attention. I came to visit your post which offers some additional pondering material.  That's one of the wonderful things I find in ActiveRain -- a thought, a comment or something entirely off subject comes to mind and then...   Happiness...An Inside Job 

Jan 30, 2019 05:53 PM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents ,

I had to swing by as Myrl Jeffcoat referenced your post in her comment on Michael Jacobs post!! Michael has incited a rash of pondering and posts are coming out of everywhere... changing lanes and evaluating where life is taking us and how! Loved you post..well said and Hawaii is agreeing with you.

Jan 30, 2019 05:57 PM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Happiness is a state of mind. Over the years, I've had my share of crap to deal with, but developed a path to inner happiness along the way.  It annoys my husband to no end.  He likes to point and blame and so forth.  We alone are in control of our feelings.  It doesn't take big stuff to make me happy.  Used to think it would, but it doesn't.  I also refuse to let things drag me down.  I solve problems or let things go.  Little by little.

Doesn't mean I don't have my moments.  I was freaking out last night and said to myself, "Three good things will happen to me tomorrow."  Sure enough, more than three did.  Your call was one of them.  They say luck favors the prepared mind.  Well I think happiness favors the welcoming mind.

Jan 30, 2019 06:10 PM #6
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, I too have totally enjoyed Michael's return to AR, and his thoughtful posts.   Think I wake happy, and like to stay that way! 

Jan 31, 2019 07:29 AM #7
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