Don't get so busy you can't enjoy the ride.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Life is funny in that we can get so caught up in making a life that we forget to live. I'm a hard charger. If I want something to happen, I will move heaven and earth to see it happen. In business, I'm not a wandering generality. I am focused, determined and specific. I push the limits of my abilities until they either grow or throw me overboard, but then I climb back into the mix and push a little harder. 

That's good when you're creating a business that is destined to be successful, but the downside of having a personality like mine is that it's easy to miss the sunrise and sunsets, the subtle breezes and the beauty along the way. As I've gotten older, and maybe it's an age thing, I realize that I need to pay attention to the wonder that's around me that isn't part of the expected.

Sure, I'll keep up with contracts, show houses, meet deadlines and do my fiduciary duty for my clients, but I will stop and pet a dog (Which I did Sunday. Meet Remi.) I'll anonymously pay for a serviceman or a first responder's meal. I will help a shopper load her groceries. I just helped a little lady (tiny) load 50 lb bags of dog food in her shopping cart. I could see her struggling, but she had managed to get two in there. I asked if I could help and she jumped at the chance. It made my day. I'll pay attention to the simplicity in the world around me. It's too easy in my hyper-active life to forget to live. 

I recently made friends with a goat on a home inspection, and it was one of the most entertaining and joy filled points in my day. That crazy goat wanted her neck scratched and I was her go to person for that slice of life. On another visit, a dog wanted me to throw a frisbee for him. Glad to oblige. 

Make sure that when you're grabbing for the brass ring in life that you don't miss the merry-go-round. Enjoy the ring, but most of all, enjoy the ride. 

Comments (13)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Mike,  Thanks so much for sharing this very well written blog.  I can relate to most of what you were saying.  I noticed that I was missing so many things as my children were growing up - that I had better slow down and smell the roses as well.  Makes for a calmer, happier life.

Mar 10, 2021 05:13 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD

Yes it does, Bob.

Mar 10, 2021 06:13 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

You and me both, Mike! I cannot count how many times I stared at my calendar in disbelief: how is tomorrow Thursday already? Just how? And how come my weekly to-do list looks like it's Monday? 

But it's up to me. I am the one who did not take the time to make something memorable happen, or enjoy those special little moments. That is definitely not how I want to live my life, and one big reason why we added Mr. Lennon to the family. He forces me - in the most adorable way - to pause. I am also making an effort to compliment one stranger every day. 

Mar 10, 2021 06:03 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD

I like the compliment idea. And, Mr Lennon looks like a blast.

Mar 10, 2021 06:13 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We have to find humor and compassion in our lives otherwise it gets to be boring.

Mar 10, 2021 06:16 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Mike- this ties in with Paula McDonald's Zoom presentation yesterday about finding balance in your life. At the end of the day or our lives we want to look back on not how many closings you had or homes that were sold but on so much more!!!!

Mar 10, 2021 06:55 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD

Absolutely, Kathy. I was so disappointed that I had to miss Paula's presentation. I'm sure it was awesome.

Mar 11, 2021 03:21 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

"Life is funny in that we can get so caught up in making a life that we forget to live."  There's loads of truth in those words, Mike!

Mar 10, 2021 10:22 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Mike, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 10, 2021 10:23 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike.

Last year near Christmas I was in line checking out my groceries.  There was a young lady waiting with a case of soda.  I scanned it and told her Merry Christmas.  The lady behind her looked at me and said "that was wonderful", now I do it on a regular basis.

Mar 11, 2021 01:21 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD

James, that is awesome.

Mar 11, 2021 03:22 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Mike - yes, it's balance.  And as difficult as it may be to achieve at times, the benefits can be abundant.   

Mar 11, 2021 04:12 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I totally agree. We do need to pay attention to what's going on around us, and to grab at all those special moments. Because once they're gone, they're gone.

Mar 11, 2021 05:25 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Mike - those are great examples of balancing your life.  We should stop and enjoy the little thing along the way.

Mar 11, 2021 05:32 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


These are wonderful moments that keep one sane and balanced.  We love taking time to aid someone, or just chat for a few minutes.  A

Mar 11, 2021 07:52 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Mike I so agree with you! Take the time to slow down, notice other people and pets around you and be in the moment present!  Goats are so darn cute!  Baby goats are even cuter!

Mar 11, 2021 12:23 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I'm so with you, Mike and I admit to not taking the time to enjoy the ride in years past. I am making great strides in my efforts to change that in my life now. I believe with age, comes wisdom! 

Mar 20, 2021 07:34 AM