Then Things Changed...

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Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532

 

Then Things Changed...

 

Then Things Changed... There were times when the changes I made in my real estate life were more about refining what I thought worked or didn't work instead of redefining my business modus operandi. 

 

While we understand change is inevitable, it is not always treated as a welcome visitor.  And speaking of changes, a big one occurred in 2017.  I survived a stroke and a heart attack just prior to Christmas that year as I have mentioned in the past.  Yes, my life changed a lot when I fully realized the impact of this event.  Certainly the next year and the year after seemed to follow a similar course of many changes.  I definitely don't want to participate in any pity party so I moved forward. 

 

Deliberately. Other times it was seemingly slower despite my impatience.  Weighing options.  Checking alternatives.  I have previously addressed some of the changes I experienced in 2018.  

 

This past year, I joined a monthly Stroke Survivor Stroke Group.  It's not a big commitment of me or my time and so far the involvement has been worthwhile although I am not typically inclined to join groups of any kind.  I still believe in the power of listening. 

 

I also started some classes geared for those with an acquired brain injury in the Fall of last year.  Although not therapy, the two classes I attend are taught by instructors who are trained in physical and occupational therapy.   Learning remains an important part of life for each of us.  

 

Life continues to be a work-in-progress and I am well aware of that but this is just a part of "me".  It doesn't define me and hopefully it allows others to be aware we are more than any one aspect of life regardless of any challenges we may face.  

 

This is an entry for the January 2020 ActiveRain challenge hosted  by Endre Barath, Jr.  What Changes Did You Make Last Year Or The Year Before That Worked?  An ActiveRain Contest to jump start your year.

 

The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com. 

 

 

 

Then Things Changed

 

Posted by

Michael Jacobs

 

CalBRE # 01165532

2065 Huntington Drive

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393

mtj916@gmail.com

 

 

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Michael Jacobs
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - there are many that are far more courageous than I.  Although, I am acquainted with her writings and work, my familiarity with Dr.  Kubler-Ross mostly concerns issues of grieving and grief.  And when it comes to grief, my thoughts tend to go in the direction of Charli Brown --- you know, "good grief".  I digress...  Thank you for your kind words.  

Maria Gilda Racelis - another piece of the puzzle. 

 Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - here's to big comebacks of the best kind.  Perspective is something we have discussed at length over the years in our comments back-and-forth.  Right?

Jan 08, 2020 02:47 PM #42
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Michael Jacobs
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Roy Kelley - change is inevitable, we might as well embrace it.  

Dörte Engel - surviving is the first step, thriving is part of that process.  

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - wallowing is an option but when I think of that word, I think of pigs and mud --- nothing against either of those two things but I think there are other alternatives.  

Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - thank you much.  I appreciate it.  

Jan 08, 2020 03:00 PM #43
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Michael Jacobs
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Sharon Lee - your pain is very real and I hope that you find a cure that works to improve/correct it so you continue to have many exciting adventures in the future. 

Endre Barath, Jr. - the road of life is full of many detours as we know.  Each and everyone of us.  Thank you for hosting this challenge.  

Jan 08, 2020 03:05 PM #44
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Man this is powerful!  Life changing events certainly retrain the brain to think proacively and enjoy each success, no matter what level.  Good for you for being proactive for your own well being.  A great reminder for all of us to never take life for granted as it can change in an instant!  Kudos!

Jan 08, 2020 06:53 PM #45
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Michael Jacobs
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Jan Green - successes whether they are small or large are meant to be celebrated and enjoyed.  Sometimes life can happen and change without much notice.  

Jan 08, 2020 07:34 PM #46
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Reading this post made my heart smile, Michael. Knowing what you went through and understanding the rehabilitation process you continue to go through, is SUCH an inspiration. What also makes me smile is knowing that you don't even realize how much of an inspiration to others you are.

Thank you for sharing your experience; keep doing what you're doing - it's certainly working. You have every reason to celebrate your success each and every day. I'm so happy for you!

Jan 08, 2020 10:03 PM #47
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Michael.

While I haven't been through what you have, I completely understand.  Live life to the fullest while you can

 

Jan 09, 2020 12:28 AM #50
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Recovery from major life changing events on any level is a challenge...physical, thr ,,,and you have gone beyond meeting the challenge and set an example for others.....Kudos, applause....warm congratulations...on not just surviving but thriving !

Jan 09, 2020 03:18 AM #51
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Rick Frissell
HomeXpress Realty - Valrico, FL
aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate"

Great appreciation for your courage and your encouragement.  From all of us, we look forward to your blessed 2020!

Jan 09, 2020 03:45 AM #52
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Michael Jacobs
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - thank you.  I am happy to hear that your heart smiled but as you are well-aware there are people who have experienced far worse.   There are so many inspiring stories I hear/know.  Mine really pales in comparison.  

James Dray - I know you are aware and that gratitude shows in each of your posts with its familiar closing:  sharing a smile.  

Sally K. & David L. Hanson - thank you for your kind words.  I appreciate them a lot.  

Rick Frissell - here's to a terrific 2020 for you as well.  Thanks.  

Jan 09, 2020 04:02 AM #53
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
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Any class or meeting that allows one to learn, or meet others is good for us. Glad this is giving you a new accent to life. I think that must have been a big life challenge to experience.

Jan 09, 2020 10:08 AM #56
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Michael Jacobs
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - as you are well-aware, many face challenges on a daily basis that are big and small.  Each of us faces those in the best way we can.  

Jan 09, 2020 10:51 AM #57
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Michael

You have always been an inspiration here on AR, and this heartfelt post about what you have been through, and continue to go through, is an inspiration for us all, and a wonderful example to follow. We never do know what challenges we may face, physical or otherwise, or when.

Jeff

Jan 09, 2020 06:14 PM #58
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Michael Jacobs
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Jeff Dowler, CRS - that is very kind of you to say.   I am often amazed by the stories I see/hear/read on ActiveRain that reflect the spirit of the membership that I am grateful to be a part of this community.    

Jan 10, 2020 03:37 AM #59
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I am happy your health is improving. My brother had a stroke and the life changes were many. It is nice you can share your expeirences whch also may be able to help and or inspire others

Jan 10, 2020 05:15 AM #60
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Michael Jacobs
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Scott Godzyk - I am sorry to hear the news about your brother.  Admittedly, my knowledge and awareness of stroke survival was fairly unknown prior to my personal experience.  Since then I have learned, stroke impacts the individual differently.  There can be similarities but each situation is unique.  I hope your brother is doing well adjusting to life and thriving as a stroke survivor.  It's a good thing for you to be aware and take action as appropriate for you.  

Jan 10, 2020 07:48 AM #62
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

In a blink of an eye.... things change

Quite a journey you have been on Michael. Its a real process to take back control of your life. My money is on you...  I always feel like you are the James Bond of Active Rain... cool, smooth and never wavering. I know you will do what needs to be done for yourself and I wish for you the very best. 

Jan 11, 2020 12:06 AM #63
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Michael Jacobs
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Debra Leisek - the James Bond reference has me stunned and laughing a bit.  I am so faaaaaaaar from cool.  Thank you for your kind words and the smile.  That's important.  Always.  

Jan 11, 2020 03:44 PM #64
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Michael Jacobs - life can change or end in an instant. 

You have inspired many of us in the community as well as others. 

Our challenges do not define us - the can, and often do, make us stronger. 

Here's to moving forward, my friend! 

Jan 11, 2020 06:45 PM #65
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Michael Jacobs
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Kathleen Daniels - thank you very much for your kind words.  Moving forward is a good direction and is definitely a positive direction.  

Jan 11, 2020 07:02 PM #66
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