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It is a sunny California afternoon.  The sky is blue.  The breeze is nearly non-existent.  I'm listening to one my favorite stations on my google play music, Chet Baker.


How are you?  HOPE that You and Your Family are absolutely enjoying this Sunday afternoon!!!


The photo is of Papa in the early 70's after He'd given Our Mother Her New Sewing Machine desk.  He made it Himself.  You can see His Happiness and His modest pride. 


Papa would always give You everything He could. I realized this in the latter years of His life.  He was sweet, generous and thoughtful.


When I'd visit Him in Assisted Living,while His dementia and Alzheimer's was setting in, Papa would give me pointers on anything from Client issues, to my appearance, to how to clean his room, or assemble His new wheelchair.  


One time, when I was assembling His wheelchair from scratch, I realized that I'd tightened the screws and bolts too tight.  He already had tried to tell me.  lol   It was funny, the look on Papa's face, when I told Him that He was right.  I can still see His eyes; how They'd be wide open, with that "we are friends, all knowing" look.


Papa had been through several challenges in His Life.  Ever since his first year of life, when He lost His Father due to Meningitis.  I remember Nonna told me that one day when Papa was little, He was dehydrated and You could pull His skin, and it would not bounce back.  Bless Her Heart...She did Everything possible for Him.  She was always worrying about others.  Which was one of Her finest qualities and curses for Her, I'm sure.


We are all products of Our upbringing.  The lessons and ways Our Parents thought, somehow easily gets transferred to Us.  And Becomes Our own way of thinking.


Also, as we develop our own senses, we learn and teach Ourselves in fact, how to improve on ways that were handed down to Us.  There is normally a safety net: Our Parents.


How many of You have lost a parent at an early age?  It happened with Nonna, Papa, Yvette and I.  Each generation, one of the parents, passed away early in each respective child's life.


These unfortunate circumstances in life (I call them Tragedies), teach Us more than We know or even realize until We are normally much older - and then realize.  This was true for myself as well.


I now see that had I not been through so many of the challenges and even adversities before the age of 26 years old, there is no way I could have been as "Lucky".


Applying lessons as We go along, from our past challenges, helps Us to choose Our Own Futures...and Have a say in it!  Of course, it's not easy for Any of Us.  It is just part of life...We need not give in!


Instead, We are grateful for the abilitity to decipher lessons as We go along - and learn from Them.  This helps level the low's in our lives, and assuredly allows for the high's to be more prominent.


Please feel free to comment on any wisdom that You've learned 'along the way' in Your Own life.

God Bless Your Week!

Thanks for tuning in today!






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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Todd - your reminiscing is a bit sad and fond(maybe even happy) at the same time.  That's the way life is as well. 

You're right, it's been a nice Sunday so far and hopefully that continues each day and this entire week as we welcome another month.  While beginnings of all kinds are nice so are the moments we remember and those we continue to create.  

Apr 26, 2020 05:04 PM #1
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Todd,
This is a very "deep" post.  I agree that we are all products of our upbringing. Not everyone uses it to their advantage.  Like everyone else, I've had my share of tragedy. Yes, I'm one of those who lost both parents when I was a kid.  However, I've learned all things work for the good for those who believe... and make it so.

Thanks for the Pondertunity, Todd. 

Apr 27, 2020 10:17 AM #2
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