You Hiding Like a Snail or Turtle? Get Out Help Someone Make a Friend

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart

One of my friends near my age pointed out to me last week, I was an outgoing person, and that they weren’t. That friend of mine moved to Florida six months ago, got an apartment, and now he has sold his car! The grocery store is one mile away, Walmart is across the street from the grocery, and he can take Lyft.

 Another friend of mine today, 28 years of age, called today and explained how I was an outgoing person and had helped him in Toastmasters. And from my call, he is coming back to where he had left the club, and what he called it, it seemed like he: ghosted me. HAVE YOU HEARD OF THAT TERM? LET ME KNOW… I had not. He said he just left the club over a year ago and did not say goodbye to me and was glad I called today. We talked for over an hour.

 Folks if you d not know how precious life is, I suggest you get out, get on the phone (not text) and talk with some people you know, or USE TO KNOW.

 Today started my application process to be a volunteer at the VA Hospital. Sometimes there I see men with a missing leg or two missing legs. Some outrageous situations. Fortunately, nothing like that ever happened to me, and they were just a few miles from where I was in Vietnam. And I have the mindset to not let it bother me, at least to the point I can help whoever needs help wherever I can be used on the hospital campus.

 Pay a compliment to someone, hold the door, create a conversation, where you get to know someone and learn more about them. I did that today. This guy taking my fingerprints lived in Cleveland Ohio and used to eat Dan Dee Potato Chips. HOW I GOT MY NAME. And he wants to sell his home and buy another home! 

 I hope your day is as great as mine

Dan Dee McGinnis

The Pumpkin Man

Comments (14)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I suppose we all need to get out there now and then and just kind of be a person

Dec 10, 2021 06:34 PM
Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man


do something different this weekend and enjoy it


Dec 10, 2021 06:56 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Always nice to meet new people.  Have a great weekend, thanks again for the post.  bill

Dec 11, 2021 05:17 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dan- you are so right. I can get very content "doing my thing" but to enrich our lives (and those of others) we need to put ourselves out there.  If you only volunteer for a few hours a week, it's a good start. 

Dec 11, 2021 01:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Dec 11, 2021 06:21 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dan - thanks for this important reminder.  We really need to get out there and connect with people we have forgotten about.

Dec 12, 2021 04:57 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes I've been reconnecting with people from my past and it has been a wonderful experience.

Dec 12, 2021 06:06 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ken - the ability to be kind is always available.  It's never-ending as we are always in control of its supply.  

Dec 12, 2021 06:08 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Ken great to read this post today!  Just yesterday I reached out to a gal that has been MIA for a year or so.  She's done this before so it didn't surprise me.  Being kind to others on a daily basis is always me goal.  Kindness speaks a language that go beyond all borders.

Dec 12, 2021 09:37 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man ,

Your post is a great reminder to not let us fall into a rut and only think of ourselves..get out there, make a difference for someone and it will be amazing how good you can feel!!

Dec 13, 2021 11:35 AM
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

Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man 
So true - doing for others enhances our own lives! 
Enjoy the rest of the yeaar! Lynn

Dec 13, 2021 08:32 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love your post!  The VA could really use your help in Phoenix and I know you'll do well helpoing others with your "outgoing" personality. I really appreciate your invitation to talk to someone. 

Dec 13, 2021 09:52 PM
Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man

thank you Jan have a great weekend


Dec 17, 2021 06:47 AM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man People light up when you seek sincere contact.  Thank you for your stories.

Dec 14, 2021 06:12 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It can be something as simple as just a smile and a good will wish, that can change the day of someone else entirely.  Good for you and for the way you were rewarded

Dec 15, 2021 04:34 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Dan, it's great to read and be inspired by posts like yours. You are a sincere and outgoing person, and people appreciate that in you. 

Dec 15, 2021 07:22 AM
Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man

thank you I appreciate that

Dec 17, 2021 10:24 AM