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Things Happen…

Often in life things happen. We try to find a reason or someone to blame but at some point, we have to realize and accept that things happen. 


It’s a confluence of people or conditions that can make the best-laid things happenplans go astray. Or sometimes God, Mother Nature, or who knows...the Tooth Fairy decide to change things up! 


As many have said before, it’s how we handle these OOPS moments that define who we are. It’s not what happens that is so significant but what we do and how we react. 


Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS  wrote a post on Monday that drove me down this path of thinking. 


For example, my nieces planned a surprise birthday for me Saturday night. Everything was well planned except God had his own plans... my sister-in-law was taken to the emergency room just before the party. She and my brother were at the ER.


The party went on and we received updates all night. Her vitals were good and she was already feeling better.  


The cake my nieces had ordered was not exactly what they’d pictured and they were disappointed but it was still very pretty!! 


The candles wouldn’t work so I ended up holding a sparkler in my hand while they sang Happy Birthday.  The whole time the sparks were like little needles sticking me and my mini-me thought I was going to catch on fire. 


My poor niece was very upset about the cake and the candles but I explained to her that nothing ever goes perfectly. Things happen. The important thing is that we all had a good time. 


In life, things happen. Larry and I felt that while we wouldn’t wish an ER visit on anyone, at least my sister-in-law had everything checked out and she’s not a walking time-bomb. 


As I told my nieces, with every OOPS moment you’ll learn two things…

1. What you might or could do differently next time

2. Sometimes things just happen and are out of your control. 

Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place. Mandy Hale



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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  you are right, things do happen and it is what it is I would always say.  I hope your sister in law is back home and okay.  That is the main thing!


Oct 01, 2019 07:46 AM #13
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kathy. I liked the title and I really love the quote you ended with. Great insights.

Oct 01, 2019 07:50 AM #14
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

So true, Kathy. Like Sheila Anderson I like your ending quote as well as the wisdom of knowing things happen!

Oct 01, 2019 08:19 AM #15
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Kathy Streib - things don't go as planned many times.  What your nieces did for you was such a wonderful gesture.

Oct 01, 2019 10:18 AM #16
Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
I help clients resolve IRS tax matters

Hi Kathy,

Things don't always go the way that we plan it, but I find the OOPs moments to be the times when I learn the most from the unexpected situation. Thank you for sharing and I hope your sister-in-law makes a speedy recovery!

Oct 01, 2019 12:11 PM #17
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

If we didn't have challenges we wouldn't grow. Challenges definitely build character.

Oct 01, 2019 12:24 PM #18
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Your words in this post remind us of an ole John Lennon quote, "Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans."

Oct 01, 2019 12:42 PM #19
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy things do just happen a lot of times, but many times we are also responsible for some of the ooops moments.

Oct 01, 2019 01:47 PM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Sham Reddy CRS glad you liked it. 

Donald Urschalitz thank you. I've learned not to take a lot of things not as seriously as I did so hope to share that with my niece. 

Thank you Andrea Bedard when my same niece was getting married, I told her that it will not go perfectly. Something will go wrong. But the important thig is how she handles it. 

Oct 01, 2019 06:40 PM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michael Jacobs ah -ha...that would make for a wonderful pondering post!!!

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty thank you for the birthday wishes!!!

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I was speaking with our son-in-law last night and told him of your Camino walk. 

Oct 01, 2019 06:42 PM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I agree Kat Palmiotti it truly helps to take the stress out of life. 

I like that one Brian England 

Thank you Carol Williams no blockage and she feels fine but they'll run more tests next week. 

Oct 01, 2019 06:45 PM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD she gave us a scare but the good thing is she is being checked out. I don't think she's been to the doctor in years.  And thank you for your very kind words. 

Will Hamm Thank you so much for asking. I'm pulling out some fo the recipes you've shared with us because I plan on cooking meals for them several times a week. (she's not much of a cook.)


Oct 01, 2019 06:48 PM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Sheila Anderson You had your OOPS moment with your antique mall closing and you've turned it around to find a new adventure in selling. 

Lottie Kendall I'd never read that quote before but love it. 

Oct 01, 2019 06:51 PM #25
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Grant Schneider they are beautiful inside and out. 

Thank you so much Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE and I agree, you can learn from those OOPS moments. And my sister-in-law came home last night and is doing well. 

Oct 01, 2019 07:01 PM #26
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I agree Sharon Lee and it's a positive way of looking at it. 

And that certainly is the truth! Myrl Jeffcoat 

George Souto absolutely!  And when we're the ones responsible, we have to learn to accept it and move on. 

Oct 01, 2019 07:03 PM #27
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Good to hear your sister-in-law is doing well.  Like you said, things happen.  Just roll with the punches, understand it's all a part of life.

Oct 02, 2019 12:16 AM #28
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Kathy... things happen in life, for sure. As someone said, life is what happens when you're making other plans. Glad to know your sister-in-law is doing fine.

Oct 02, 2019 01:28 AM #29
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Always leave room for the unexpected, walk in grace and trust in Divine Order. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! LOLL

Oct 02, 2019 05:03 AM #30
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Sounds like a wonderful birthday celebration despite a few snags. But that's life.

You point out a great philosophy to keep in mind. Stuff happens, sometimes without explanation, and it IS the way you respond that really matters.


Oct 02, 2019 06:07 PM #31
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

How well we know...not always as planned...but sometimes those are teaching moments that can be far more valuable in the long run.

Oct 03, 2019 02:45 AM #32
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