For Those Baby Steps

Reblogger Barbara Todaro
Services for Real Estate Pros with RE/MAX Executive Realty 104763

This is what results when one is consistent and moves forward one step at a time to gain back strength and good health.... 


Wishing you all of that and more, Michael....

Original content by Michael Jacobs CalBRE #01165532


I Am Grateful

For Those Baby Steps 


I Am Grateful For Those Baby Steps  I have appreciated the importance of baby steps for a long time.  At an early age, the story of The Tortoise And The Hare took on a life form of its own as the story found many parallels in life. 


Like, the fable, I believe that effort, diligence and perseverance are excellent qualities. In all aspects of life.  As an almost teenager I remember the first moon landing and those now famous words of moving forward in a giant leap.  Once again, baby steps were a part of the process, weren't they?   


Examples of baby steps have played a role throughout my life but none so vividly remembered until December, 2017.  As I have previously shared(I apologize for being redundant), just before Christmas that year and days after my final real estate closing for the year, I had a stroke.  I spent the holiday at UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital.  From there, I began the following year at California Rehab Institute in Century City.  I knew how important baby steps(literally and figuratively) were as part of my recovery process.  I distinctly remember telling staff members when asked:  "What would you like?".  My answer each time "I want to leave".  


I mean no disrespect to those who leave with the assistance of a wheelchair, a walker or a cane but I was determined to make it on my own two feet once I left that facility.  I was determined to be a good patient.  I attempted to master physical therapy.  Occupational and speech therapies were a part of the rehabilitation.   Although, far from perfect, I hope I succeeded as a model patient even though mastery was not part of the scenario. Each stroke is different as is each person.   Eventually, I was released. 


Home life was much different than life before.  It was definitely not "back to normal".  For example, short walks around the neighborhood were tiresome and fatigue was a part of daily life but I knew hard work and determination would help me improve.  I became stronger and the walks increased in distance and time.  Other improvements followed and continue to this day.  


Life is a work-in-progress as I have said many times.  It's a step-by-step process and one that will likely continu for a lifetime.  And it all starts with baby steps...


This is a post for the "Thanksgiving Gratitude" challenge hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS




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I Am Grateful

For Those Baby Steps

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

2065 Huntington Drive

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393




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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Barbara. How could I have missed this following Michael? Whole new meaning to constantly be a person under construction. Enjoy your day!

Nov 06, 2019 04:56 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Barbara. I think Michael learned an important lesson here and this was a great share.

Nov 06, 2019 04:57 AM #2
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

I love the story of regaining strength and courage to continue.  Baby steps of improvement one day at a time in any means takes courage in any form. 

I wish Michael much more improved health.

Nov 06, 2019 05:02 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Barbara Todaro -  thank you for re blogging.  It didn't know this about Michael.

Nov 06, 2019 05:06 AM #4
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

I didn't see this one Barbara, but will head over to Michael now as this is an important message about taking one step at a time!

Nov 06, 2019 05:07 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Barbara - thank you for the good wishes and the reblog of this post.  I appreciate both gestures and so much more that you provide on a consistent basis.  

Nov 06, 2019 05:10 AM #6
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Always love these kind of messages in this negative and hateful world.  Excellent choice for a reblog, thanks so much for sharing! Have an awesome day!

Nov 06, 2019 05:19 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I always enjoy reading posts from my friend Michael Jacobs and was happy to see he was doing well when I met him.

Nov 06, 2019 05:55 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely and inspiring post you chose to re-blog.  Talk about a mindful process, step by step.  A

Nov 06, 2019 06:48 AM #9
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

That winning blend of patience and determination - you and Michael both exemplify that well. Me? I need to work on that patience thing.

Nov 06, 2019 06:59 AM #10
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Thank you for reblogging this.  I'm heading to the original.

Nov 06, 2019 08:30 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Barbara, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Nov 06, 2019 12:36 PM #12
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