Monday Musings: Tear Off the Mask!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Napa Consultants DRE00893924

Sunday, we discusssed in our Master Mind how well we all handled this year and a half long health crisis.  We kept living in the moment in our thoughts.  Living mindfully is a practice, and this was a perfect opportunity to hone our skills.

We stayed in the moment.  We applauded and appreciated all the work arounds that businesses came up with, and we also made up our own workarounds.  We traveled by plane and spend time  with friends.  

 

We traveled on business and accomplished a feat that could not have been accomplished otherwise.  And we even fullfilled our wishes of a ski trip in March...

 

Our quality of life was not compromised or lessened by any means.  We discovered new parks to picnic, new isolated beaches to walk on.  We found more reasons to laugh, and wonderful movies to watch.  And we were blessed with several new projects to work on.

 

Instead of missing our Chi-gong classes, we found several videos that were excellent to practice with.  Ron learned a new routine in Tai Chi that he enjoys practicing daily.  And we did our Yoga practice also.

 

Ron was able to get his new "bionic" eyes during this time. I am referring to the cataract surgery, which he perfectly aced without any difficulty, or downtime. 

 

As masks are no longer required in some parts of the United States, we talked about the fact that the invisible masks that most people wear remain for many perfectly fixed.  

It is a way of living--not good, not bad! Even without a mask, many of us are masked in some role or other, which we believe will ease our way in life. No doubt you have heard the expression of putting your best face forward. Some have a wardrobe of masks for different roles they play.

 

We all learned along our life's journeys that masks are not necessary.  Being ourselves is so much easier on the psyche than pretense of any sort, it is also healthier.  We all meditate on a daily basis, and we all practice staying in the moment.  

Meditation clears the mind chatter and steers clear of the negative.  It reminds us of who we fundamentally are. Mindfulness makes every moment sweeter and more enjoyable.

 

"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."

~ James A. Baldwin

 

 

"Tear off the mask. Your face is glorious"

~ Rumi

 

 

"Most lives are spent putting on and taking off masks."

~ Gore Vidal

 

 

"Be real, because a mask only fools people on the outside. Pretending to be someone you're not takes a toll on the real you, and the real you is more important than anyone else."

~ Alex Gaskarth

 

 

"That’s what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is....Most people love you for who you pretend to be....To keep their love, you keep pretending - performing. You get to love your pretense...

 

It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act - and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image - they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains.

 

They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it - they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession."

~ Jim Morrison

 

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Comments (55)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Roy Kelley Thank you for you kind words, they are always appreciated.  A

May 18, 2021 06:16 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Brian England So many people are still afraid...I have seen both sides of the medical field some are fine , and some are still fearful...I am not. A

May 18, 2021 06:17 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kat Palmiotti I always think of the PopEye cartoons, I am what I am...Happy Tuesday.  A

May 18, 2021 06:18 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I noticed during the "mask mandate", it was difficult to recognize people with the mask on. It's so refreshing to see that smile, that laugh and connect with people. Some still "mask" but others wear a mask of pain, heartache etc that you can detect without wearing "the mask". 

Great post!

May 18, 2021 06:42 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

faye,

Thank you for your comment, and your wonderful observations.  I agree with you about seeing faces and being able to see through their facial masks...Happy Tuesday. A

May 18, 2021 07:04 AM
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Ah - meditation. Something I've wanted to do for a long time. Why didn't I start during the lockdown??

May 18, 2021 07:51 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 Alexandra and Ron,
I appreciate the analogy of the mask of pretense that many people wear. I don't have the time or energy for that.  As for last year, I managed quite nicely. I didn't like all the restrictions and changes but figured out how to adapt and live my best life under the circumstances.  

May 18, 2021 08:57 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  in some parts of the country where people are not vaccinated and are heavily populated if people choose to wear a mask I have no problems with that. It is the masks that are not made of cloth that people wear that unfortunately will never be discarded by some except at a time of their choosing that annoys me.

May 18, 2021 09:54 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Margaret Goss It is never too late to take even 5 minutes to clear your mind...I do 15 every morning after I wake up, before doing anything else.  It sets my day nicely.  A

May 18, 2021 10:34 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Carol Williams I am not surprised, you have that very special can do attitude regardless of what circumstances you are in...Bravo, A

May 18, 2021 10:35 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Hannah Williams I have found that getting annoyed at others saps me off my creativity and instead it just keeps seeing what I do not want to focus on...The more I focus on things I want to see, the more I see...It is a matter of where one puts their attention on.  A

May 18, 2021 10:37 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  There are some people YOU need to be aware of these days I find as they hide who they truly are - just saying 

May 18, 2021 12:09 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Our mask mandate has been lifted for those who are vaccinated. Of course, there's no real way to know. Many businesses are still requiring mask. I have found it very easy to go without a mask. As for being my true self, people who take the time to get to know me, know my true self. People who don't may not. Either way, it's OK. I'm being myself and choosing joy.

May 19, 2021 04:43 AM
Beth Paterson
Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, LLC, NMLS #1790592 - Saint Paul, MN
CRMP, NMLS #342859

There are many masks people wear other than the ones covering their faces for the past 14 months. Love all the quotes, especially, "Be real, because a mask only fools people on the outside. Pretending to be someone you're not takes a toll on the real you, and the real you is more important than anyone else."

~ Alex Gaskarth

Thanks for sharing.

May 21, 2021 09:04 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Hannah Williams No doubt you are correct.  A

May 21, 2021 11:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Carla Freund we carry one along if necessary, we deal with it..A

May 21, 2021 11:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Beth Paterson Hello St.Paul, I am grad of U of M, in Minneapolis.  I have family in the burbs of Minneapolis...Thanks for coming by and commenting.  A

May 21, 2021 11:53 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
CRS

Thanks for sharing Ron & Alexandra!

"Be real, because a mask only fools people on the outside. Pretending to be someone you're not takes a toll on the real you, and the real you is more important than anyone else."

~ Alex Gaskarth

May 23, 2021 09:19 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Our governor finally relented and we can go mask-free in outdoor settings if not in a crowd.  Yesterday I enjoyed it!  But the bad news is we now have the Brazilian variant on Maui, so who knows what will play out in the next few months.

May 27, 2021 07:58 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Ron and Alexandra Seigel 
Thanks for all the wonderful quotes about mask removal.
Quite profound. 
All the best - Lynn

May 28, 2021 07:46 PM