We do need to make the best of every Moment.
Diane being stressed, nervous and concerned about the current situation with the Corona virus inspired this post. It troubles me that an intelligent and reasonable person can become so stressed about the events that are surrounding and changing our-day-to day life. I am not in any way downplaying the severity of the challenge with which we are currently faced. Rather, I am trying to put things in perspective so that we can function as normal human beings.
During the past few weeks in between very busy and productive Real Estate activity, I had the opportunity to reflect over the current situation. I have observed that my various nearby stores that I regularly visit have run out of water, hand sanitizers and toilet paper. I find it extremely sad and somewhat ignorant behavior from the masses that we have come to this. Rather than horde, can’t we all realize that we all need the same essentials to maintain our daily lives – so can’t we be considerate of one another so that we can all weather this storm?
I keep wondering what is fueling this phenomenon. To me it is the constant headlines, the barrage of in your face updates, emails from every provider you have ever been in contact with or purchased from. Shouldn’t we all have been washing our hands anyway?
As a background, I was born in Communist Hungary and immigrated with my parents to the United States when I was a teenager. (My readers and friends who have been following me might remember this so I apologize if this is duplication). I learned as a child to develop good personal hygiene, such as wash your hands after using the bathroom, before eating and the list goes on and on. Due to the recent events, one of the most vivid memories that came back to me from my childhood was seeing my grandmother and my mother spending hours standing in long lines to get groceries which were rationed. That was the normal way of living in a Communist Country. I also recall that certain produce could not be bought in stores only on the black market or by political connection, for example citrus fruit.
My point is, as Americans living in a free society, in a free country where thought is not restricted, we can overcome any obstacles with our independent and creative abilities and thought process. What we need to do is put our creative energy in the right direction. We need to focus on a solution rather than the constant barrage of information.
In 2009 we had the Swine Flu Pandemic when 22M people were infected and about 4,000 people died yet I cannot recall this type of constant barrage of panic fueling information.
I believe we need to become leaders and practice safe and common-sense measure to protect ourselves and loved ones. At the same time, we need to shut out most of the constant barrage of noise that is more simply stated “in your face messages”. This in turn will help prevent us from being paralyzed, which I’m afraid is where we are headed. Clearly, we cannot live in a bubble. In my experience we need to make the best of every day.
Just to be clear, I am in the process of getting three new listings, negotiating and trying to get two transactions to close. At the same time, I am fielding sixteen listings and answering questions about them. Clearly not everyone is paralyzed and are moving forward with their lives. We are a great society and we will find a solution to this dilemma. Now with that said, be safe and try not to stress. And above all, stay healthy and let me leave you with this message:
"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”
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