"Here we are. You're finally being forced to see the truth."

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The Title for this blog post comes from a book I read called "Falling," by T.J. Newman. If you follow Brian England on ActiveRain, you may recall he recently wrote a blog post about the author, his friend from Phoenix. 


If truth be told, I didn't set out to spend the day reading "Falling," but it just happened out of circumstances outside of my control. Friday, July 23, 2021. It was an ordinary day planned in advanced. Shortly after I woke up, I wrote my blog post. Then, I left quickly to keep a doctor's appointment. Knowing early morning traffic in Dallas is always hectic, I gave myself plenty of time to arrive on time. 


Upon arrival, I checked in but soon learned (after my appointment time past) that the Doctor had an emergency but not to worry, other physicians were called in to see patients. I began to read and wait. The truth is, doctor appointments are rarely on time. Come to think of it, I don't recall a time in my life when an appointment was on time! 


I began to see the truth. Patients usually get a chair but that's where the butt stops. Communication ceases to exist between patient and whoever is behind the desk checking in patients. After seeing the doctor and checking out, I noticed, I had no cell phone connection. I spent an additional 45 minutes in traffic; however, I still had no connection. Once I arrived home, my bundled services (Internet, phone, and television) were down. There was no communication. The truth is, we all depend on communication for business, personal, and pleasure. 


I was 'forced to see the truth.' Communication is a vital part of our lives. In waiting for the service provider to resume communication, I read the entire 290 pages of a suspenseful thriller. The truth is, a good Author isn't the only one that can keep our adrenaline going. We have choices. We can accomplish more in a day doing what we need to do or want to do without depending on paid communication services. 


After many chores were completed, I closed the hardcover book "Falling", and the sun began to go down for the night, I took a walk in my neighborhood. That's something I haven't done in years! I met neighbors who I didn't know. Since none of us had communication services, we had good old fashioned heart-to-heart conversations in person. The truth is, our conversations were not recorded on Zoom or at big Tech's expense. As I see it, the only breakdown and failure of communication is if we allow it to happen and choose to limit our means to enjoy life. Excellent communication and building relationships can come from somewhere other than Communication Companies. They may charge exorbitant fees, but they don't control me. Last night, the only digital prints my neighbors and I left were whatever was captured on Ring Doorbells from a distance. I think I'll do more walking.... 


I was 'finally being forced to see the truth,' and I liked it! May you have your own light bulb moments ---Patricia Feager 


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MBA (University of Dallas)
(Bachelors of Arts & Science)
SECI (Southeastern Career Institute)
Associates (3) (Collge of Lake County)
KU (University of Kansas)


CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
SRES (Certified Senior Residential Specialist)
PSA (Certified Pricing Strategies; Mastering the CMA)
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"With self-discipline most anything is possible." --- Theodore Roosevelt 





Comments (14)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Patricia- I hope you'll continue your neighborhood walks. It is on our walks that Larry and I meet new casual acquaintances and connect with others. Real people too!!! 

Jul 24, 2021 11:01 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kathy Streib - walks are good for people! There's a lot of good that can come from meeting people and from getting exercise. You're lucky to have Larry by your side. 

Jul 24, 2021 11:38 AM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

& the truth shall set you free

Jul 24, 2021 11:40 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Tony Lewis - Amen!!!! 

Jul 24, 2021 11:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - it's interesting to see what direction(s) unintended consequences can lead us.  

Jul 24, 2021 12:03 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - Yes! Yes! Yes! I agree with you 100%. The truth is communication existed long before our world became so digitalized. We can adopt or adapt to different communication techniques and decision-making styles. There are essentials, such as water, food, and shelter but the truth is, communication was learned long ago without having to pay for Communication Services bundled or not bundled. 

Jul 24, 2021 12:18 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia there many truths that would be reveled to us if we put down the cell phones and stayed off the computers.

By the way, use the book a keeper???

Jul 24, 2021 01:16 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

George Souto - I certainly agree with you! Being dependent on technology solely for business communication does not result in a healthy state of mind. Staying focused can't have interruptions. 

Jul 24, 2021 02:30 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Sitting down to read a hard cover book is something I like to do but don't get much opportunity, or make the time.  We are slaves to our phones and the Internet and need a power failure to live a pre-electronic life

Jul 24, 2021 01:43 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ed Silva - You're absolutely right about being slaves to our phones and internet. There really isn't anything smart about that at all  because it robs us of quality time with loves ones or nurturing time we alone deserve. Yesterday I was involuntarily disconnected and achieved more. 

Jul 24, 2021 02:33 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Patricia and interesting blog by you to share with us here in the Rain.  I know I want to read the book.


Jul 24, 2021 02:24 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Will Hamm - True values in life are learned when there are devoted families, when you can say no to something and mean it, and when people can work together as a Team when duty calls. Sometimes, it's hard to size people up (colleagues) and think they are okay when they are not okay. Our world is changing.. and people aren't who we think they are. 

Jul 24, 2021 02:39 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great post this is!  Like you at the beach we are disconnected from electronic communication.  The only reason I have my phone is for photos...and it is so much fun to say "HI", to people, to stop and chat...Have a great weekend.  A

Jul 24, 2021 02:31 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - a beach is a unique environment where one only needs to listen to the sounds of the ocean and birds in the sky but most of all the voice within. Even a smile on the beach when two strangers pass is a special kind of communication. 

Jul 24, 2021 02:43 PM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP The only time I get disconnected from my phone is the hour I spend at the gym every day :) 

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Jul 24, 2021 04:29 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Abby Stiller - The services went out in my entire community. Thanks for sending good wishes for a nice weekend and I hope you enjoy yours too!

Jul 24, 2021 07:16 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It brings a big smile to my face to know that you read "Falling" and enjoyed it.  While I was reading it, I was thinking that I could easily knock it out in one day.  It kept me interested through the whole book and books rarely do that for me, haha.

Jul 25, 2021 05:12 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Brian England - It was hard to put the book down. There were lots of twists and turns. Never boring or sleepy to read. For a first time author she did well!

Jul 25, 2021 06:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... I go almost nowhere without a book. Had a mani/pedi late yesterday afternoon and spent 90 minutes reading. I do not, however, sit around and wait for doctors if they are more than 15 minutes late. The one thing I ask of each doctor's office is to let me know upfront before I arrive if they are running behind and if they are to give me a choice to come in later or reschedule. 

Jul 25, 2021 05:27 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - I take books with me everywhere I go. I made a practice of this long ago. As far as the doctor's appointment goes, I'm not a hard-headed woman who doesn't think reasonably. I had a choice to wait or reschedule. For me, it was the best choice. In every situation there are choices.

Jul 25, 2021 06:40 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Being disconnected from technology for a while can be a huge blessing. You got to read a book! And meet people you hadn't met before! And enjoy a walk! We all have to disconnect more...


Enjoy your Sunday!

Jul 25, 2021 06:42 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Hi Kat Palmiotti! Speaking in public is a social behavior and I enjoy meeting new people face-to-face. Yes! There were three blessings and benefits: 1) I read a book, 2) met people I never met before, 3) enjoyed a walk! 

The sun shines on Flower Mound today. I shall enjoy this day and I wish you a pleasant Sunday too!

Jul 25, 2021 06:48 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP !

Jul 25, 2021 10:10 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I do love to read, but I rarely can knock out a book in one day.  I am slow and just plod along.  Every once in a while, I get through a Dean Koontz book pretty fast, maybe I read Odd Thomas in a day (or close to a day).  Anyway, I am glad you were able to fill in your day with a worthy endeavor.  Should "Falling" be my next book?

Jul 25, 2021 10:40 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there Patricia! Sometimes a day without technology can be quite the vacation.

Jul 25, 2021 07:28 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Patricia.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 26, 2021 07:15 AM