Being Brave and Facing Our Battles In Difficult Times

Real Estate Agent with Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. PA License #AB068077

Being Brave And Facing Our Battles In Difficult Times


"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

-Franklin Delano Roosevelt


This is a famous saying by FDR during the Great Depression and WWII, when people were panicking.  They were running to the banks to withdraw their money, which was causing great damage to the economy. 


Roosevelt was telling the American people that fear was making things worse.  He went on to say "nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror, which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." 


This somewhat reminds me of what is going on with the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 election results (or non-results).   Everyone seems to be panicking, stocking up with necessities from the grocery stores and various things for entertainment, emptying store shelves, not leaving enough for others that do need the items.  


Even in real estate, people from the big cities are moving to rural areas to get away from not only the congestion increasing likeliness of spreading the virus, but also from the rioting and destruction.  Real estate is selling within days if it is in move in condition, many times with multiple offers.  This is causing a shortage of homes and properties mainly because of panic buying.  This presents a problem for those that really need to move due to job relocation, etc. 


Of course, this is great for the real estate market, but what about those that really need to move and have a limited time to find something to fit their needs?  


We all need to be brave and face our fears, no matter what they may be.  That is the only way we are able to move forward.  Otherwise, we end up being stuck in a rut and possibly making things worse.


For example, those that are in the military face their fears, especially when they are deployed to fight a war or battle.  Even the police, fire fighters, hospital staff are facing their fears daily.  They are all so brave for fighting the battles of today.  I am sure they are full of fear, but they face it head on.


It is up to us to stand up and face up to our fears without any violence.  (Violence never solved anything.  It only makes things worse.)  Let's all work together, whatever way we can, to face up to the fears.  We cannot cower any longer in our homes making things worse.


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Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR®  (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.  

Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR

Pennsylvania License #RS297130

Rural and Horse Properties and Farms


Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.


The Premier Equine and Country Real Estate firm serving Eastern Pennsylvania from back yard operations to world class equestrian facilities.

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Comments (17)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Brigita,  I can not beleive the number that are coming in for the Lehigh Valley for new Covid cases.  I get them daily from the morning call.  Stay safe.


Nov 18, 2020 07:47 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

You too, Will!


Nov 19, 2020 11:39 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker -  do not panick.  That is important.  Move forward with our goals and stay focused.

Nov 18, 2020 08:57 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, Grant!

Most defnitely!


Nov 19, 2020 11:39 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker I so agree, some people panick and others stay calm and move forward.  This thing people have of hoarding stuff from stores and leaving shelves so odd.  People are shopping at the 'Fear Store' in their minds.  I wrote about this last month or so.  We have many moving to AZ to get out of certain states.  And our market is hot, hot hot.

Nov 18, 2020 10:07 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, Anna!

Panicking never solved anything.


Nov 19, 2020 11:41 AM
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

People are so fearful nowadays - when did this start? What if real bravery is needed someday and nobody shows up?

Nov 18, 2020 12:20 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, Margaret!

I don't know when the fear started.  All the brave souls will be gone if this continues.


Nov 19, 2020 11:43 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I know, I know. What a year of contrasts and contradictions. What if we remained calm and did what we needed to do on a day by day basis? We don't believe in scarity, there is always abundance. Although right now, I would sure like to see an abundance of "getting along." 

Nov 18, 2020 02:08 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, Debb & Ernie!

You and me, both!


Nov 19, 2020 11:44 AM
Vani Murthy, CPA
Tax Relief Central - Mesa, AZ
IRS Problem Resolution

The world as we know it has changed including the things we  fear.  Keeping calm, moving forward and finding our balance in this new reality is challenging but doable.

Nov 18, 2020 04:12 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, Vani!

It is getting to be very challenging.


Nov 19, 2020 11:45 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Well said Brigita! On a selfish note, I am happy to see people leaving the northeast. Our coastal community here in SE North Carolina is benefiting from it! COME ON DOWN!!

Nov 18, 2020 05:10 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, Tom!

I'll be down when all of this craziness blows over.  LOL


Nov 19, 2020 11:46 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very true!  And this is a time when we are needed the most.  Quelling fears is a big part of how we operate and doing it successfully is so important!

Nov 18, 2020 07:14 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, Jan!

I agree.


Nov 19, 2020 11:46 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Covid statistics with symptoms will naturally increase exponentially as more Covid tests are performed, so, the fear is not with how many people have the virus but how many must be hospitalized because they can't breathe without a ventilator and how many die because of Covid and not an underlying condition that may have been a contributor to somebody passing. 

You can be fearless when you know the facts and outcomes of any situation.

We should protect the most vulnerable (older senior citizens, especially those with chronic conditions) by being vigilant and careful in exposing them to others in their circle of family and friends with basic tests for body temperature and personal hygiene before interacting with family and friends.

Nov 18, 2020 08:01 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, imo!

We should always be careful.  When we are indoors due to the weather and season, we should always be careful bacause all viruses and bacteria transfer much easier to others.  


Nov 19, 2020 11:49 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Stay home and be safe as much as possible and always wear your mask if you go out and just stand apart. Not that hard. :)

Nov 18, 2020 09:26 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, Laura!

Everyone should be safe, use good hygiene and be considerate of others no matter what germs you may have.  Tis the season.


Nov 19, 2020 11:51 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Thank you to everyone who is contributing to making this a better situation and helping everyone get through this. Love and light immensely!

Nov 18, 2020 09:47 PM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Brigita, Hello neighbor!  I have heard great things about Cindy Stys RE from Day 1. Your important post confirms that.  The FDR quote is one of my all-time favorities.  I often thought of it during lockdown and the "real estate non-essential" period in our state.  Those who fear are listening to the wrong voices and sadly have lost their personal power that triumphs above media doom and gloom.  Even in the most challenging times, we find reasons  to be grateful.  That gratitude opens the door to new paths and ideas everytime.  Thanks for stressing that we can stand up without fear for what's right.

Nov 18, 2020 11:02 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, Kris!

Sounds like we are on the same page.  Being brave gets things moving forward.


Nov 19, 2020 11:53 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Fear can be debilitating (fear of anything). But taking the first step to move past the fear, can often be all it takes for great progress to be made!

Nov 19, 2020 05:11 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, Kat!

Taking the first step is all it takes to oversome fear.  Even if it is in baby steps.


Nov 19, 2020 11:53 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker ,

Congratulations on a well deserved featured post! We do need to work together to face our fears. I've never seen our country so divided and place a lot of blame on the lack of journalists (we can't call them that anymore) who no longer deliver the news but only their opinions. 

Nov 19, 2020 06:38 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, Dorie!

Thank you!  I miss the days when journalists reported only the facts and not their opinions.  We can all form our own opinions from the facts that are presented to us.


Nov 19, 2020 11:55 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Good post but I do not believe there is any panic buying in real estate. I guess TP is the big ticket item.

Nov 19, 2020 08:49 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker

Hi, Lyn!

Thank you.  Not sure if it is panic buying, but consumers are anxious to move out ot the big cities.


Nov 19, 2020 11:56 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I don’t fear Covid-19 . I’m more concerned with all of the unrest in our country and freedoms being stepped on 

Nov 20, 2020 06:27 AM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Hi, Michael!

I, too, am more concerned about our freedoms being taken away.  Our forefathers and Veterans fought for our freedoms.  Let's not have them and our current military risk their lives to only have our freedoms lost.


Nov 20, 2020 12:18 PM