I'm Over The Magnified Virus Image; But How Are We Looking Magnified?

Real Estate Agent with Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 CA BRE# 01261476

We've Seen the Virus Magnified;

How Are We Looking Magnified?

The Magnifying Glass... 

Is it Revealing Our Character or Our Cracks?


The pandemic is a magnifying glass and it's trained on us - mankind.

It has exposed people, revealed who they are during change, uncertainty and fear.

Some folks are very Positive and Uplifting, others are Chicken Little and their sky is falling.

Some people have vanished-where'd they go?

They do not return calls, texts or emails...why?

Others are more present than ever, funny and encouraging calls, posts and videos, etc.

Some people are performing amazing acts of kindness, charitable efforts and fun videos to lift our spirits. Other are spreading selfish negativity, doubt and fear. 


I implore you to be the light, do not be diminished by others darkness.

Thomas J Nelson REALTOR San Diego

Our Health has been exposed; where we were when we went into this pandemic

matters and likely determines how will exit it.


Our Marriages have been exposed; domestic violence and divorce is up by 50% while others are thriving.

I'm making extra efforts in mine personally, I want good memories to look back on. Taking extra time out of my daily work rituals to eat all meals together and walk our dog together.


Our Finances were exposed; some are in dire straights while others have not flinched,

in fact they are donating funds, food & blood to help. Our budgets, savings and our working relationships with money have created our current reality.


Our Businesses were exposed: some are unemployed, others "just waiting for this to be over", while a few got creative and carried on modified business and sales to stay afloat;

still others are still working as much or more than ever (like our frontline workers).

I got creative and proactive with today's loans, grants & forbearance resources: I did what I could to offset my reduced income with reduced debt.

Our friendships and relationships were exposed; who have you called since March 1st?

Who has called to check in on you? 


San Diego Real Estate Market

Some news outlets have been exposed as Doom & Gloom outlets vs. others that showcase our Front-line Heroes and Average Joe's that do Above Average Acts of Kindness.

Who do you see

in the mirror today?

When you look back on Q2-Q3 of 2020, will you do so with pride or shame? Will you have some fun memories to reflect on because you chose to make the best of it? 

My goal is to be proud of myself, to be in a better marriage & business, to have stronger relationships and have made good memories in spite of the pandemic & hardships.




My Humble Ask of You:


Let's be the rock, not the river.

Let's be the anvil that wears out many a hammer.

Let us be someone others can count on.



The real estate market is strong, we should be too!

The real estate market will bounce back, how about you?

Thomas J Nelson REALTOR


"Stop waiting for it to be over.

This is your life, right here, right now.

Dig into it and find little and big ways to love the journey."

~Cairn Leadership Team




1. Image courtesy of cooldesign at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

2. Image courtesy of Corefact

Inspired by a Facebook Live by Brian Buffini and Buffini & Company 



Comments (25)

Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

This is a great post, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets . I am viewing each day with gratitude and the opportunity to support local businesses as much as I can, including take out from restaurants, and keeping and getting in touch with our friends and client base.

Apr 22, 2020 06:38 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Thank you so much; I'm happy for your way of handlng this.

Apr 22, 2020 09:01 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Thomas- what a wonderfully inspirational post. We can choose to bring everyone around us down but to what end? Let's see who needs our help. Let's give people a break when they have an oops moment. They may have more on their minds than we can possibly imagine. 

Apr 22, 2020 07:42 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Kathy Streib your kind words are always taken as high praise, I value your opinion and follow your blog as a true fan.

Apr 22, 2020 09:19 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Absolutely true, Thomas. Our character is on full display. If we can remember to practice gratitude, there is little room for other negative emotions. I begin each day with meditation focused in gratitude, and have triggers to remind me to express gratitude throughout the day. For example, we have a lot of birds around here, so a bird song is a trigger for me to stop for a moment and focus on gratitude. My husband, my home, our full refrigerator...so many gifts.  Your attitude makes me smile and it's a pleasure to know you in the Rain. 

Apr 24, 2020 07:20 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Well said, and agreed. I'm blessed with birds and a garden full of critters here and they remind me daily to pause, reflect, thank God and breathe.

Apr 24, 2020 07:23 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets - All that you believe and all that you have written is true. I do believe consciousness has risen!

Apr 24, 2020 08:51 AM
Barbara Le Pine
ADVANTAGE REAL ESTATE, serving Lincoln County - Newport, OR
Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast!

Two jailed men looked out from behind the prison bars, one saw mud while the other saw stars.


Excellent post!

Apr 24, 2020 07:55 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Thomas depends how you are if you have Character or if you have Character faults both wish shine through in  crisis like this Endre

Apr 24, 2020 10:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Apr 25, 2020 06:30 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

YAY!!!  1,000 thank you's !!!

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Apr 25, 2020 09:02 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

the real estate market is strong - we should be too!  Great advice. 

Apr 25, 2020 07:34 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets Covid-19 has fully exposed the true inner workings of each of us.... there's an entire gamut of results... physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and financially.... this reminds me of my favorite quote from Warren Buffett:

"Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked"

Apr 26, 2020 04:24 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

HA! Barbara Todaro  I just dropped that quote in the Q&A this week on Andrew Mooers Nudist Question 

Apr 26, 2020 06:12 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent post. Our life journey is including this current challenge, and how we react will be with us forever.

Apr 26, 2020 05:29 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I love this. Attitude really is everything. I know I spent a few weeks buried in fear and the struggle to learn how to teach my middle schoolers remotely, but now we've definitely moved on to trying to make the best of it. Learned some new recipes. Reminded ourselves that time together isn't necessarily quality time. Increased our efforts to reach out to friends and family.

Apr 26, 2020 05:32 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Spiritually, mentally and physically we have self discovered who we really are.

Apr 26, 2020 06:15 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

GREAT piece Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets . The best time to consider our actions is before we take them.

Apr 26, 2020 06:19 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thomas- Enjoyed your post. 

Apr 26, 2020 07:56 AM
Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
South Florida Residential Real Estate

Thomas,  Good will come out of this to those that are open to listen. Perhaps that is why this is all taking place. Change does not come easily until we are forced into a different way of being.

Apr 26, 2020 11:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Thomas:

This is a wonderful, thoughtful and inspiring post.  It's at times like these when one true character can emerge. Not sure why this does not have a gold star but we know that's it's feature-worthy!


Apr 27, 2020 10:53 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Too Kind Jeff Dowler, CRS thank you so much for stopping by and your encouragement. My gold star is in the comments, it kinda means more to me as a member, when people find my posts without the help of a "Featured" assist...but my author ego enjoys the Featured too LOL  Stay positive and healthy!

Apr 27, 2020 11:52 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Well written, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets 

We are all learning more about ourselves during this opportunity to change, grow or fail.

Apr 28, 2020 07:56 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Lots of good things to think about here.  Yes we can all be the change that we want to see in the world, and no better time than right now.

Apr 30, 2020 08:06 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love your post!  Being the positive voice and making strides to improve whatever in your life is a good way to be!  

\It'salso been great connecting with clients now that they are at home with no place to go.  We have good chats and they like hearing from me.  

May 05, 2020 11:49 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

The pandemic, already looking back, has been great for my business in many ways, despite initially shutting off my income.

I never thought I could say that. Thanks for popping by Jan :)

May 05, 2020 03:49 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

What an inspiring post, Thomas! I am reading it a second time today! I answered in my mind some of your questions, and I picked up to call tthe people I have been thinking of!

May 21, 2020 06:31 PM