Grateful I am grateful: does that make sense? - Week #2

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

 Life has a way of throwing curve balls, whether they are major ones like health issues, death, divorce or minor ones, like being too busy, too tired, or too distracted to pay attention. Sooner or later we all experience both the large and small issues, and I'm no different.

As some of you know, I have dealt with breast cancer three times now. The first was way back in 1993; for 24 years I was fine and considered the event an anomaly. The second occurrence in 2017 was a shock, but I made decisions and went forward expecting another 24 years of being cancer free. The third occurrence in 2018, less than a year later, was harder to wrap my mind around. As I tried to decide whether or not to put myself through chemo again, and also radiation this time, I clearly remember standing at the window of my condo one day, when I was struck with the thought--more of a sudden realization--that I was not ready to check out and that I wouldn't short change myself in any way.

The good news is that my cancer hadn't spread; it was considered a new event. All treatments have now been finished for almost 9 months. I made some life-style changes this time, including in diet, and the crazy hours I had been working. I try to get more sleep, and strengthen my immune system every way I can. I work, I play, I hike, and I am more aware than ever how much I enjoy being part of this life, this world, the beauty.

While this post could be construed as my being grateful cancer is behind me (and I am!) it is really more about being grateful for being grateful.

Being grateful means opening my eyes, opening my heart, opening myself to new experiences, enjoying the world and the people in it. Being grateful means not succumbing to worry or despair, not thinking "I can't" but rather "I will." Having the attitude of "why not?"

I truly am grateful for being grateful.
(Picture taken by a client from his ocean view townhouse in Pacifica, which he generously allows me to use. Yes, I'm grateful for him and for being able to be part of his purchase journey.)

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Fort Worth, TX
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Lottie - I was so happy to see this post featured. Perhaps your wake-up call will be a wake-up to others. May you be healthy and stay as young looking and young at heart always. By the way, that photograph is so beautiful. I could see myself sitting on the bench looking at your beautiful California sky!

Nov 12, 2019 09:27 AM #38
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

So glad the cancer is behind you and that you are embracing life. Way to go.

Nov 12, 2019 10:40 AM #39
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - absolutely! life is for living, not simply existing.

Nov 12, 2019 11:27 AM #40
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I agree with you about the photo. A few of the condos in that Pacifica complex have these fabulous views. I've been fortunate enough to help two buyers purchase those views.

Nov 12, 2019 11:29 AM #41
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Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Lottie, I love your attitude. Being grateful for beging grateful can only happen if you're still in this game of life. I trust there will be no round four with cancer and the life you live will be one of joy and happiness and continued gratefulness. 

Nov 12, 2019 12:48 PM #42
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Greetings, Mike Cooper, GRI - thanks for your kind words. I'm definitely in this game of life -- isn't it a grand one?

Nov 12, 2019 12:59 PM #45
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Lottie,

I knew some but not all of this..love your attitude and making sure you are all in this game of life.....you are remarkable!

Nov 12, 2019 05:29 PM #46
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Hi Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - well, I don't think I'm remarkable in any way. I'm extremely fortunate to have this behind me again and realize what a gift I've been given.

Nov 12, 2019 08:23 PM #47
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Lottie Kendall - I really admire your attitude.  I am so glad this was featured because you are showing us the way.

Nov 13, 2019 04:54 AM #48
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Rob Spinosa
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Great post,Lottie Kendall.  It resonates and you have a lot of supporters here who are grateful for your contributions.

Nov 13, 2019 06:24 AM #49
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Good morning to you, Grant Schneider - hardships can open our eyes to the good around us, and I'm grateful I can see/feel that.

Nov 13, 2019 07:32 AM #50
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Hi Rob Spinosa - thanks for your kind words. I'm grateful for your contributions here, and your willingness to allow me to share many of your posts with clients/sphere, etc. 

Nov 13, 2019 07:33 AM #51
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Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

What an awesome attitude and being grateful for being grateful is a wonderful thing.  Do not ever take anything for granted.  What we take for granted or complain about is something that someone else has probably been praying for.  Hope that you have a wonderful day!

Nov 13, 2019 07:53 AM #52
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Good morning Norma J. Elkins - you've got it - we take nothing for granted and appreciate all we have. Wishing you a great day, too.

Nov 13, 2019 08:13 AM #53
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow Lottie that is a lot to be grateful for, you might as well say Grateful to be a Strong Willed Woman...Endre

Nov 13, 2019 11:35 PM #54
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - being strong willed can be either a curse or a blessing, but being passive simply isn't in my nature. 

Nov 14, 2019 11:18 AM #55
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Lottie being a Hungarian by Birth I agree with you strong willed can be a blessing or a curse.... I tent to think "perseverance" is a better word :))Endre

Nov 14, 2019 11:39 PM #56
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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I like "perseverance" Endre Barath, Jr. 

Nov 15, 2019 07:16 AM #58
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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Lottie,

That is an inspiring story of perseverance, and determination - I agree, grateful is a healthy feeling, and brings more gratutude, especially when we have the luxury to stop and reflect.

Nov 17, 2019 07:37 PM #59
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Steffy Hristova - gifts come from the strangest places - I certainly have a heightened awareness and feeling of gratitude deep in my core, where before it was more ephemeral.

Nov 17, 2019 08:08 PM #60
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