"...Stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed."
~ Fred Rogers
The first part of this challenge, in June, found us head-over-heels in puppy love and focusing on our niche strength - the healing powers of nature. We were extremely busy getting listings sold in record time, and handling frequent calls from ready-to-move buyers. Our real estate market, like many others, was hot, hot, hot and we were busy, busy, busy.
Fast forward to October, thanks to Finnegan, we are still head-over-heels in puppy love. He's extraordinary. However, for the last several months our business has slowed down, considerably. Currently, we are only working with a small handful of clients. Since our market is still very hot, obviously, we made a deliberate and complicit choice to slow things down, although we never openly discussed it.
We did recently agree, it was a choice made unconsciously, perhaps intuitively, as this period of time has brought with it amazing clarity and important changes. What constitutes a life well-lived is quite subjective.
For us, when things got really quiet, for days, not for minutes or hours, it reawakened a sense of who we truly are as individuals, and as a couple. What defines us. What's important to us. Where do we want to focus our energies in life. Do we really want this, or that. We have readjusted our alignment to what rings true.
We've not completely changed course, as nature and family still take center stage, and always will. However, some of the new ( likely, old ) discoveries actually surprised and delighted us.
Some of the changes still challenge us as we've yet to learn how best to articulate and act upon them. We do know we will get there because it feels like home.
We are very grateful for this time of reflection, and recognize the unusual nature of 2020 served as the catalyst.
The post is part of the October Challenge - To Think is To Create. Thank you Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Instructor and Carol Williams for this sequel to Rising Above the Pandemic. And Anna, special thanks for your post, A Different Point of View, it inspired us to share our own personal story of a surprising change.