Atlanta Buckhead Midtown - COVID-19 and The Planet Mars - Perspective

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Atlanta Buckhead Midtown -
COVID-19 and The Planet Mars -



In Atlanta Buckhead Midtown Westside and everywhere else, confronting the ramifications of COVID-19 leads us to reflect on the concept of perspective - let's use the Panet Mars* as a counterpoint. Perspective reflects an attitude toward or a way of regarding something. Daily we learn more about the planet and daily we learn more about the virus. One thing we know about both COVID-19 and the planet Mars is that neither is under human control at the moment. (Further down in this post, you will find an amazing video from Mars.)

What we can control is our own personal and professional behavior during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Are we doing what we can to prevent the spread of the illness?
    In our daily business practices, are we protecting ourselves and our Clients? Are we using video conferencing via Zoom or Skype instead of meeting in person?** To show a home for the first time, are we walking ALONE around a home using DUO or FaceTime so the Clients may watch from home instead of bringing the whole family to the showing?

  • Are we doing what we can to support our Clients in surviving the situation?  
    When visiting homes or sharing documents with Clients, are we practicing safety? At Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty, we supply gloves to Clients before entering homes we are showing and sanitizing wipes when we leave the homes after the showings. 

  • Are we doing what we can to support our First Responders during this crisis?
    When we go to get our own supplies, are we donating some to our First Responders at the same time? Fire Stations and Police Stations - just like eveyone else - are short of disinfectant and sanitizing materials. We may drop some of those supplies off at their doors without violating social distancing guidelines. 

  • Are we doing what we can to support our elderly during this crisis?
    As residences for Seniors are on "lockdown", many residents no longer have the option of a community bus going to the grocery. We may check to see if the buildings are accepting food donations to share with them. Meals on Wheels has gone to a two-week delivery and needs both donations and volunteers. Preparing for an upsurge in hunger throughout Metro Atlanta due to lost jobs, the Atlanta Food Bank seeks to increase its readiness.     

In a situation such as we are experiencing now, looking at a broader perspective may give us comfort. While today we cannot control COVID-19, we can continue to gather facts and learn about what are the correct steps to take. While today as we look at the planet Mars, we cannot control its nature, we can continue to gather facts and learn lessons that will benefit us in the long run.

Let's hope we learn a lot about COVID-19 quickly so we gain some control over its brutal nature and halt its spread. 

Now let's go and visit Mars.




*The planet gets its name from the mythic genealogy of Rome. So does the day we call Tuesday in English - martes in Latin. The god Mars was both a warrior and the guardian of agriculture. As with most of the Roman and Greek gods, he led a checkered existance. Although he fathered Romulus and Remus with one person, his love affair with Venus symbolically reconciled the two different traditions of Rome's founding. Wikipedia

** Other options for video include Adobe Connect, Arkadin, Blue Jeans Network, Duo (Android or iPhone)ezTalks Cloud Meeting, Fuze, GoToMeeting, Houseparty (iPhone only), LogMeIn, TeamViewer, WebEx and Whereby just to name a few additional options.

Mars photo courtesy of NASA. 

Comments (5)

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

Good morning Lynn. Do your part and remain calm. This to shall pass! Enjoy your day!

Mar 21, 2020 03:40 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lynn B. Friedman your safety points are right on target....the problem is most real estate agents think they are exercising safety and they're not....when the governor orders a total lockdown, the time span for this virus to continue to survive will be lengthy....  stay home and let the virus weaken ....

Mar 21, 2020 03:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lynn - perspective is needed at all times and especially now.  It's a time "to do" and "not do".  Finding that right combination is important.  

Mar 21, 2020 06:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Lynn... everyting passes at some point and so will this crisis. Meantime, I've been very gratified to see how my community and neighbors have been reaching out to help each other.

Mar 21, 2020 06:56 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lynn those are excellent questions, and I hope we are all working on being able to answers YES to all of them.

Mar 21, 2020 10:44 AM