No Matter The Order. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532


No Matter The Order

Scares And Miracles


Can Be Part Of Any Season. . .


As I approach my four-year anniversary (is that the proper way to identify it?) of my stroke and heart attack, there are definitely moments where I wonder about the relevance of miracles as well as scares.



Even the actual date is somewhat fuzzy as I continue to piece together the story.



It’s definitely true that there are many elements that make each of us who we are in this moment. Rather than repeat myself (a practice which I am all too familiar) I will skip details of that time since I have previously shared them. That said, situations and circumstances don't necessarily define us.



Learning is definitely ongoing. Each of us not only sees things in a different way but is on a course unlike any other as we live and learn on a daily basis. That applies to those impacted by a traumatic brain injury and everyone else too.



Sure, there are things I can't do but amazingly many things that I can do. And some of those things I think arrive with a better awareness than before.



Maybe that’s how this post has come together after quite a few revisions. Andrea Bedard and Carol Williams are co-hosting 'Tis The Season For Miracles And Scares one of two ActiveRain challenges this month. This is my sole entry for that event.



Whether it happens on 34th Street in New York City or some place that may be more familiar to you, let me tell you miracles and scares both exist. And sometimes simultaneously. 




As for the photo in this post, I snapped (quite the miracle in itself) it some years ago in the Old Pasadena area.

Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (52)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - I can't say that I actually enjoyed that time four years ago although the memory in my mind is a bit chaotic but I appreciate your thoughts as always. 


As for Brian England, after meeting him once before, I can tell you he's just as nice in person as he is online or on the phone(although I am not sure we have ever spoken over the telephone but have texted back and forth many times).  And he combines his genuine friendly demeanor with enough "snark" to satisfy my more evil ways.  

Dec 13, 2021 01:38 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Michael! First of all, happy anniversary! As we discussed before, coming from a medical background, I am SO impressed at all you overcame in those 4 years. As you said, things you can't do but, many things you can. Take what you've built in the past 4 years and remember every day is still a new day for building!

Finally, I love the miracle photo! 😉

Dec 13, 2021 09:05 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debe Maxwell, CRS - thank you for those nice words.  I have long believed in "one day at a time" and that's certainly become truer and truer.

As for the photo when I was first saw I knew I had to "capture" it.  Whimsy Lives!



Dec 14, 2021 04:52 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Michael.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding day.

Dec 14, 2021 07:03 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

You post is humbling because it can and does happen to all of us Michael Jacobs. Thank you for sharing as missed the event.

Dec 14, 2021 09:39 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - I hope you have an enjoyable Tuesday.  We woke up to a rainy day in Southern California.  It looks like it will be "Storm Watch" today, if not longer.

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - the AR blog roll can pass us quite quickly at times so it's easy to miss things.   Although I dislike repeating myself, I am well-aware that I do but when the urge begins to do so, I hope I can share in a different way.  Well sorta.  





Dec 14, 2021 10:07 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Those body traumas remain with us and are bever forgotten.  We look back and be thankful for the additional time and that the warning was heeded

Dec 14, 2021 02:01 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs  has it been four years Oh my , I was so worried , I remember it well. Where was Michael pleased tell?  Beth Atalay and I so worried and Roger too!  And just like that four years have past .  

Happy Anniversay 

Dec 14, 2021 07:41 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Miracles and scares happen in different ways to different people. I'm so glad your scare was actually a miracle...and something special for our community! Have a great time with Brian - we had a great time just yesterday here in Carlsbad!


Dec 14, 2021 08:57 PM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

Good Morning Michael.  I am so thankful you shared this and I enjoyed reading all of the comments.  I have been in and out of the Rain - over the past 4 years and my lifetime here.  I had no idea you went through that 4 years ago and I am so glad you shared.  Your post are always memorable and intriguing.  You are definitely a miracle - and still writing much better than I! I love the photo - continuing being a blessing to so many!

Dec 15, 2021 04:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, Michael.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding day.

Dec 15, 2021 09:25 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, having medical issues can be very scary, and so glad you are done with that, and hope you stay healthy.   Tad bit jealous of you and Brian having a meet-up this week, would love to be there too!  

Dec 15, 2021 03:09 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Ed Silva - looking back can sometimes help much as we move forward.

Hannah Williams - Time marches on. 


Jeff Dowler, CRS - Brian England mentioned he enjoyed seeing you and John DL Arendsen on Monday when we met yesterday.  



Dec 16, 2021 11:11 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Brenda J. Andrew - thank you for those kind words.   I appreciate it.


Roy Kelley - as always, you too.


Joan Cox - I enjoyed your post in which you told of your AR Meet Up too.  Isn't ActiveRain rather amazing in that regard?  Brian England and I arrived early for lunch so there was plenty of room outside where we sat but it filled up as the late morning became early afternoon.  



Dec 16, 2021 11:18 AM
Joan Cox

Still jealous, want to meet you both!  

Dec 16, 2021 11:38 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

The heart is an amazing thing in itself and when it falters it changes every single part of your life. I am so glad you are here to celebrate. We  need your thoughtful words and gracious ponderings. Merry Christmas Michael and many more!

Dec 18, 2021 01:48 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debra Leisek - thank you for those kind words.  Merry Christmas to you as well.  

Dec 18, 2021 05:15 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Michael Jacobs ,

Love the photo and the post. I find it hard to believe that it has been 4 years now. We are so thankful for you and your ponderings that make us stop and ponder ourselves. Happy Anniversary to you and here's to the many miracles that come along with the scarcest of events. Merry Christmas.

Dec 18, 2021 06:31 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - thank you.  

Dec 18, 2021 06:40 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Michael Jacobs, I remember as if it was just yesterday. Miracles do happen, glad it found its way to you, my friend. 

Dec 18, 2021 08:35 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Beth Atalay - although I didn't know much of what was going on behind-the-scenes at the time, I am thankful for what I later learned as it was revealed.   Thank you for your continued kindness.   

Dec 18, 2021 02:09 PM