Face Everything And Rise.

Commercial Real Estate Agent with Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker AZ BR 528507000

I did not land in AZ initially when we came from LA, CA in 1993.

We first landed in Laughlin, NV, an awesome little casino town that is still just a stone's throw away.

THERE WAS A LADY we marvelled at.

We used to see her walking up and down Needles Highway between the stores.

This lady clearly has osteoporosis and is bent over at a 90 degree angle. She shops, feeds pigeons, walks and walks and walks.

She lives in a condo near the post office, but she was walking a good half mile or more west to where WE lived, and then back up to the stores and such.

For many years, since my husband worked at the Laughlin MPO where I have my box, he would simply bring home the mail.

Since he passed 5 years ago, I've made many trips to pick up the mail and go to Mountain View Park to walk. Great trail. Not always daily, as I tend to get stuck here, but certainly several times weekly.

I ALWAYS see this same lady walking! Still. Even now. She may be over 100 years old!

What's my point?

Whenever I feel like I can't do any more, nothing is working, things are just FUBAR . . . I realize that a lady almost twice my age who hasn't been able to stand up straight for almost 30 years THAT I KNOW OF is still going! 

And that humbles the living daylights out of me. 

So stand up straight, be blessed that you can - and keep going. 





Comments (32)

Brad Thomsen
Big Bear Realty - Edmonds, WA
Real Estate Services

Hi Candice A. Donofrio 

Enjoyed the post. 

The girl in the fishnet stockings slapping the guy in the gas mask who is restrained to the chair though,...

(I'm not a Papa Roach fan but since you posted the video I had to watch it...)

Not saying there's anything wrong with being restrained to a chair wearing a gas mask being slapped by a lady wearing fishnet stocking... everyone to their own thing...

Happy Selling!


Jan 30, 2021 11:15 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

<--- totally a Papa Roach fan! LOL LOL LOL

Jan 30, 2021 11:43 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jan 30, 2021 06:08 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Thanks Libra! 👄

Jan 31, 2021 09:42 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Candice.

When you think you're at your lowest, just look around and be thankful for what you have.  

Jan 31, 2021 12:28 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

When you're down to nothin' . . . 

God's up to somethin'

(TD Jakes)

Jan 31, 2021 09:42 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a beautiful post. I give people who have to soldier through such physical challenges and do it with grace and good humor a LOT of credit. When we are experiencing good health, we really should be grateful....

Have a great day!

Jan 31, 2021 06:36 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

IDK how yall do it in snow though . . . brrrr

Feb 01, 2021 07:30 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Candice A. Donofrio - that old lady is an inspiration.  We we think we can't do something then we see someone with great obstactles doing it.  We have to ask ourselves, what is my problem?

Jan 31, 2021 06:37 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Yup, exactly.

Feb 01, 2021 07:30 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

This is certainly a keeper. Walking must a big part of her reason for being. Bless her spirit. Quite an inspirational post, Candice A. Donofrio.  Thank you.  

Jan 31, 2021 08:27 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Thank you!

Feb 01, 2021 07:31 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Candice A. Donofrio got to love Papa Roach to kickstart the morning!

Jan 31, 2021 08:37 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

I like it!

Feb 01, 2021 07:31 AM
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 Candice,
I think God places at least one inspiring person like that in every town. We've had a few over the years here.  It helps us keep perspective, doesn't it?  And, proves to keep on going you need to keep on going.

Jan 31, 2021 08:51 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Yes, for as long as it takes.

Feb 01, 2021 07:31 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Fantastic message.  We always have a choice.  The difference between your little old lady and those that give up is that she made the choice to get up and go for it again instead of indulging in forces that could bring her down.

Jan 31, 2021 09:53 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

She would probably not be here today if not for that fortitude.

Feb 01, 2021 07:31 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a wonderful lesson for us all, to keep things in perspective, Candice. And very humbling!


Jan 31, 2021 12:56 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Very. We're so spoiled. Well, I am!

Feb 01, 2021 07:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Candice A. Donofrio ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib included your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week as I missed it. I love the story..it humbles one..we do have choices..this little old lady is not letting life get her down..what an inspiration! It's amazing to me your husband passed 5 years ago but then I think about my Geno who as been gone 16 months and its hard to believe. I feel when we lose someone so dear to us we are more observant, have a greater understanding, compassion and keep our eyes open for something amazing and recognize it!

Jan 31, 2021 05:22 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Yeah . . . grief never leaves, it comes in waves and now I have my Luna to add to it (January 7, just shy of 15) and yet the recognition of the amazing is so much more powerful. Senses are sharper. It all matters, so much. 💞

Feb 01, 2021 07:34 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Candice A. Donofrio, I really, truly love this post, this sweet lady is an inspiration to me. My dad who will be 85 in just a few days walks every day, does yoga and his secret for his good health is not consuming red meat. Sometimes, we worry about things that are not important at all. Thank you for sharing. 

Feb 01, 2021 07:22 AM
Candice A. Donofrio

Ohhhhh . . . I do VERY LITTLE red meat myself but boy do I love a good ribeye! 

Feb 01, 2021 07:35 AM
Elise Harron
Dirt Road Real Estate - Kingman, AZ
Rural Vacant Land and Development Specialist


I bet she has NO IDEA that she is an inspiration.  You should stop and visit with her and share your blog with her.  You never know - you might be the brightest spot in her week by sharing that bit of info!

Feb 02, 2021 07:18 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

I imagine she doesn't! 🙏

Feb 05, 2021 08:24 AM
Clint Lohr
Keller Williams Larchmont - Los Angeles, CA

Good for her, Candice. Real Estate is not a business for quitters and whiners, and that elderly lady would be an inspiration for me, too!

Feb 04, 2021 09:38 PM
Candice A. Donofrio


Feb 05, 2021 08:25 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Reminds me to always be grateful every day for the Blessings I receive. Great inspirational post. 

Feb 04, 2021 11:08 PM
Candice A. Donofrio

Thank you!

Feb 05, 2021 08:25 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great attitude!  There's always someone worse off than we are - always!  TGIF!  Have a great weekend!

Feb 05, 2021 02:38 PM
Greg Mona
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Great story Candice A. Donofrio, and thanks for sharing it! Also, a big hello to a fellow Arizonan!

Feb 06, 2021 10:04 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

This story reminds me of Sir Tom--the 100 year old UK gent who walked around his house to raise money for the pandemic workers.  It's my goal to stay active and useful until the very last day if possible!

Feb 06, 2021 10:07 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Great story about perserverance, the benefits of walking, and keeping ourselves motivated.    We're celebrating with my Dad today on his 90th birthday - he's using a walker now, but keeps on keeping on.

Feb 07, 2021 10:20 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Candice A. Donofrio - This is a great Chicken Soup for the Soul type of story. First, I want to say, five years is not a long time and I know your beloved man is never completely out of mind. I'm sorry for your loss. 

The old woman pushing 100 or more, who still shops, and feeds the pigeons, bent over is, no doubt in pain but she keeps walking, walking, walking. What an inspirational story for hope and gratitude. 

Candice, you really told a beautiful story, exactly the kind of stories I appreciate.  

Feb 25, 2021 02:46 AM