What’s the worst that can happen?

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 These are trying times no question about it. The world is in turmoil and it seems there is no safe-haven that we can reflect upon.

 During these difficult times, I am reminded of a quote by author and speaker Dale Carnegie. Carnegie took the formula drafted by engineer and inventor Willis H. Carrier and brought it to life in his books, lectures and training classes.

 In his book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.” Carnegie penned the quote:

 “First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.”

 Well, for me, the worst that can happen is that myself, my wife or someone close to me is affected by COVID-19 or has died from the virus. That hasn’t happened.

But still, I cannot visit friends or family. I cannot hug my sons, my sister or other family members. In fact, the only person I can comfortably touch is my wife. Try as she may, she cannot escape.

 So, while the worst that can happen hasn’t happened. I fear that the worst that will happen may have already happened. My concern is that life as we have known it has changed forever. Even if the pandemic subsides in a matter of months, what will remain of our normal way of life?

 I suspect that there will be a new normal. The new normal will change many of the things we have taken for granted. Parties and family gatherings may be limited. It may be many years before we can resume travel, at least with the ease of freedom that we have known for the past decade.

 Entertainment will change. Movies, night clubs, sporting events, casinos, etc. Every type of venue will have to change the way they provide people with access and security.

 The way we do real estate business will change. Everything from showing homes to closings will be different going forward

 Job interviews, business meetings, training, and teamwork all will be different. The very way most people earn a living will be changed.

 For younger people, the new normal will simply become a way of life. For us older people the change will be more difficult. We will likely find ourselves remembering how we used to do things.

 Regardless of the reason that life changes as long as the worst doesn’t happen, we can adapt. Then we only need to improve on the worst.


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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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We need to rethink the whole air travel industry.  There were too many planes in the skies, and the air quality inside those planes left a lot to be desired.

Apr 05, 2020 08:01 PM #1
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joseph many this not be the "new normal" it is not sustainable, just my two cents, Endre

Apr 05, 2020 10:41 PM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

 “First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.”  That's a great Carnegie quote, Joseph.  Right now, Sacramento can attribute about a third of it's Covid19 cases to local churches.  One church which finally shut its doors, has 71 cases, with one death.  Even the pastor is sick.  I understand that with this being Easter week, it is difficult, but faith can be kept, and one can still remain safe by keeping distance!

Apr 06, 2020 03:26 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 there are many facets of life that need to be reviewed and redesigned....  stay well and safe....

Apr 06, 2020 04:46 AM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

There may be a new normal, although we don't know what that will look like yet. I do think there are businesses that won't be able to return. 

Apr 06, 2020 05:16 AM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Well, we are adjusting and learning and hopefully growing - as individuals and collectively. I agree with Barbara Todaro 's comment. And yes, stay healthy, Joe. 

Apr 06, 2020 07:37 AM #6
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Carnegie was spot on . . . we are ALWAYS changing, individually and collectively. Spend the 'worry time' on gratitude for what IS fine.
The future is in the hands of the Divine. Has it failed you yet?



to life.

Apr 06, 2020 08:09 AM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Joseph I am one that looks at what is working and greateful for all that is. Life is constantly changing, and sure things may change from as we knew them but there will be many silver linings as well. For instance 10 years ago the RE industry as we knew it changed, and somehow we all adjusted and found a way that works.

Apr 06, 2020 09:10 AM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Take care Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 - There are many, many people alone without family memers and there are many, many families who don't speak to each other. Focus on the good. Smiles are contagious. We all need to smile more even when it takes an effort. The end result of a random act of kindness or a sincere, unexpecting smile is always worth it. 

Apr 06, 2020 04:17 PM #9
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Thanks Patricia. That is the one shining star. People helping people. Keep smiling.

Apr 06, 2020 06:07 PM #10
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