Time for the Beach: The Luxury of Slowing Down!

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Napa Consultants DRE00893924

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Recently, we had a chance to slow down and just enjoy our lives.  It  was a much needed respite.   

We had been working on two big publications that required constant vigilance in design and in coordination of materials needed.  

We had everything done by the deadline which was on a Friday.  Then on Saturday, we noticed the need to change an item.  Luckily, we were able to adjust the copy in time for printing on Monday.  

Not long ago we read a post by an anonymous 78.4 year-old man, which inspired us to write this post, here is a brief excerpt:

“Even at my age, I can feel the pressure to pack my life full of activity and maximize my time by doing all I can…All this busy ness has overloaded our minds. 

We walk around with the nagging sense that there’s something we forgot to do.  Or we feel guilty when we actually do take time to do nothing…

There’s just no rest, no sense of completion. Ever.  We go on living as if there’s nothing wrong with this system!” 

Our smart phones have become our best friends.  Last night we were out to dinner with one of our favorite people.  He is in town for work, and we have not seen each other since June.  At one point, he felt compelled to check his email…”oh good, he sighed, nothing pressing.”

 

There was a time when, we would have felt that it was rude to check your emails, while enjoying the company of friends, now we take it for granted, as if this is the natural progression of life in the 21st century.

 

Is it not odd that we have gotten to the point that the government had to step in to create a law prohibiting us from texting or using a hand held phone while driving?

 

Auto and smart phone technology has stepped up and created “safe” ways of continuing to talk on the phone while driving, as well as sending verbal emails and texts.

 

Have we become like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, singing, “I’m late/I’m late/For a very important date./No time to say “Hello, Goodbye”/I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.

 

There is no question that speed can be exhilarating.  The key is to remember that you are in control of the accelerator.  Having the certainty that you can slow down or speed up at will can actually help you enjoy your life more!

For fast acting relief, try slowing down

-Lily Tomlin 

We are always getting ready to live but never living

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

There’s more to life than increasing its speed

-Mahatma Gandhi

 

See you at the beach!

Ron & Alexandra

 

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Comments (42)

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

Nina Hollander, Broker good for you.  This was one of reasons we were in Commercial real estate...nothing happened on the weekends. except once.  A

Nov 30, 2021 01:38 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wayne Martin 

Technology was supposed to make it easier for all of us, instead it made is harder to take a break.  A

Nov 30, 2021 01:39 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kat Palmiotti we do the same about the phone, and there are times when we give latitude to friends that are having a rough time.  I like an even pace of business, but there are times when we are working in a different time zone for several jobs, and it gets hectic.  A

Nov 30, 2021 01:41 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog glad to hear you enjoy the beach.  We appreciate it this time of the year even more...no tourists or very few here.  A

Nov 30, 2021 01:43 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Brian England You keep mentioning retirement, and I hope you get there very soon.  A

Nov 30, 2021 01:44 PM
Brian England

Me too, I am anxious, haha

Nov 30, 2021 03:51 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 that is our luxury, slow down, travel and enjoy....no stuff needed/. A

Nov 30, 2021 01:45 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Michael Jacobs beautifully said as usual.  Thank you for adding your comment to our post. A

Nov 30, 2021 01:46 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Grant Schneider good for you, and we find that work is more fun, whe one is rested.  A

Nov 30, 2021 01:47 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Because of my life long fondness for the beach; some refer to me as the son of the beach 😳

Nov 30, 2021 03:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ron and Alexandra- what a timely post. We had the whole family over for Thanksgiving and for once my niece had her two boys leave their phones at home!  No staring into them!!  I do find it off-putting when some of our millennials in the family pull out their devices at the table. 

Nov 30, 2021 05:19 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Technology was supposedly invented to make our lives easier, instead it has done the opposite, Ron and Alexander. We have a rule that when sit down to eat, the phone is stowed away. We want to remain present for one another!

Nov 30, 2021 06:08 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kathy Streib good for you.  I think some of us are putting our foot down.  Today, after doing some errands while Ron was getting haircut, I noticed how so many were sitting outside with their phones as I waited for him in the lot.  They could have struck a conversation and made friends.  A

Nov 30, 2021 07:45 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! exactly, so many are literally tethered to the darn things.  I love good conversation, and we had lots of that this time when we flew up the coast with friends, strangers, etc....A

Nov 30, 2021 07:47 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS Hi, I understand you, and ever since I was a child I have loved the beach.  My first was the Mediterranean.  A

Nov 30, 2021 07:48 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dec 04, 2021 04:52 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ron and Alexandra Seigel ,

Such a great post..so glad that Kathy Streib featured it in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! We have become tethered to our phones as everyone is searching for instant gratification. Making time to relax, enjoy face to face communication and enjoyour surroundings need to come first!

Dec 05, 2021 06:18 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ron and Alexandra:

Such a timely post given the time of year and what that so often means...rushing about, dealing with crowds and traffic, and probably taking less time to just enjoy life. Spending time at the beach is certainly a great way to just relax and enjoy without doing ANYTHING.

Jeff 

Dec 05, 2021 12:46 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
Owner,Broker

I had the longest unwind session ever in my career - a 23 day rafting trip down the Grand Canyon with no cell phone service.  Therefore, no way to take calls, texts, emails, etc.  It was weird getting used to, but when I did, it was AWESOME!

Dec 05, 2021 06:49 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I notice so many looking down at their phones. I've seen it especially at baseball and basketball games, when they show the crowd in the stands. Why did they buy a ticket in the arena to just sit and look at their phones? 

Dec 06, 2021 06:56 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Happily, I've lived a fast and exciting life with a lot of variety including traveling the world.  Including living in Hawaii for 26 years on and off so that takes care of more beach time than one can imagine.  There is truly nothing on my bucket list except real estate which I came to full time late in life.  Am not kidding when I say that I truly enjoy the challenges that each transaction hands out, and the people I meet.  And each one has a beginning, a middle and an end so it does not become drudgery.  Having said that, I am looking forward to the Holidays with my family in Hawaii, but even there I plan to do some work since I am also a broker in Hawaii (besides California).  Can you say "Capricorn"?

Dec 07, 2021 08:50 AM