My crystal ball is sheltering in place. Therefore, reception from that medium is blurry. At least my wifi is consistently strong. I do know the future is coming. As Scarlett O’Hara said: “After all…tomorrow is another day”. What am I doing to make that future beneficial?
For my business, I am spending a lot of time on the phone. I am calling family and friends and past clients and client leads. I am calling, among others, people with whom I have had no contact in quite some time. I am going through my data base and making calls that are “check-in” in nature. “Touching base.” Taking the mental temperature of the folks. Asking how they are doing. Asking what they are doing. Are the still employed? Are they working from home? Are they well? Are they planning anything special in their future? Is there something that I can do for them?
My conversations have been of value to me and, I believe, to those to whom I have reached out. I am often met by surprise that they should receive a call. Some do not even remember who I am. Once I reference our past meeting, at an open house, for instance, they have a foggy memory of me and the conversation becomes about today and our current situations. Sometimes, the conversation touches on real estate. Mostly, it does not. I mostly feel that they appreciate that I am thinking about them in a caring manner and I am not simply trying to generate business. I know I feel good after one of those call. It helps me to remember that we are all in this together right now.
For my personal well-being, I get out of the house each day for a walk around my neighborhood. A mile. Maybe two miles. Sometimes three miles of marching down various sidewalks which I have covered numerous times. It gives me an opportunity to breath fresh air in our beautiful San Francisco Bay Area weather.
I am getting more exercise than I was getting pre-pandemic. No comparison! It is an excellent counterpoint to my daily WFH (work from home) routine. No door knocking, of course. No flyers. Few conversations. Conversations in the new world of masks and physical distancing seem less spontaneous. Lots of waves and head nodes and greetings of “Good morning” or “Good day” or “Nice day, huh”. I live in a suburb in the East Bay so the neighbor is usually quiet and traffic is sparse. Walking for exercise is something that I have planned to do forever but allowed procrastination to rule. I will make it a staple of my routine going forward.
Long term…travel…Hawaii…maybe Europe…maybe ?? That is a ways off. It is hard to want to board an airplane right now. Cruise ship…NO…not now, anyway. Time will tell.
On the plus side, I am saving money on gas that I am not buying since I do not go to my office and have not except for a couple of special trips in the last few months.
Has life changed? Yes, I think so. Is life still good? You bet it is!