Self imposed rules can have exceptions.

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

With the exception of Open Houses I have set aside Sundays for the last 30 years. Now retired from Real Estate it's easy to just give a flat, blunt NO when asked if I will work as a Notary Public on a Sunday.

Every once in a while there is an exception, like this past Sunday. I was asked if I could Notarize a four page document for a man who was injured in a hit and run auto accident. They live out of town but offered to come to my office to get this done.

Compassion will get me to break my own self imposed rules.

I enjoyed our visit, he had brought his wife and son along and as we signed documents their son enjoyed Timmothy's books and Art Gallery.

As a bonus, just as I was locking up, a local artist and his girlfriend came in and asked to see the gallery. That was also an excellent visit and they gave Timmothy a wonderful (brief) review in the Gallery Guest Book.

Here is an extra fun note from the book of REALLY slow learners. After posting the question Am I the only one who hits the wrong button? and receiving lots and lots of good advice I failed to follow any of it and I lost this same post last night when I intended to originally post it. True to what Lyn Sims said "occasionally" you can hit the back button and retrieve it... nope, didn't work last night so once again I had to re-create it once more. BTW I've hit save at least three times now as I've been writting this. 😊

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Comments (19)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... isn't there a saying "rules are meant to be broken?" I'm not saying to make a habit of it, but sometimes doing so can lead to unexpected rewards.

Apr 04, 2022 06:32 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It sure did lead to unexpected rewards this time Nina Hollander, Broker as I made two new sets of friends. 

Apr 04, 2022 06:34 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Bob,

Sometimes, it is what we do. And it looks like it added benefits.  A

Apr 04, 2022 06:41 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - some rules can be broken "sometimes".  As far as ActiveRain strategies for saving, they work "sometimes" too but definitely not each time.  

Apr 04, 2022 06:49 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Not just what we do A. but also our attitude as we do it. I was happy to help these folks out as no other Notary was but their offering to drive to me showed me that they really needed some help Ron and Alexandra Seigel .

Apr 04, 2022 06:49 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Well said Michael Jacobs . This was the first time in four years I've broken that rule and it may be another four years or longer before it happens again.

As far as saving my work I NOW have a post-it note on my monitor.

Apr 04, 2022 07:00 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Always exceptions to a rule Bob and in this case it has a great result!  Good for you for figuring out how to make sure your post is saved!  Makes a big difference, doesn't it.

Apr 04, 2022 09:43 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I have been considering giving up a part of some of my Saturdays Anna to be at the gallery. In exchange I may take a little more time off during the week. Our downtown is usually a very busy place Saturday mornings which would be good for the Gallery.

Apr 04, 2022 11:33 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

We should recognize there are often exceptions to the rule.  It also helps keep the mind flexible.

Apr 04, 2022 06:15 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Bob, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 04, 2022 06:20 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bob- you did the human thing! While rules are in place for a reason, we're human and sometimes our head and compassion have to override the rules, even if we were the ones to write them. 

Apr 04, 2022 07:40 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It’s nice to see that you are so flexible Bob. Happy Monday my friend 🙂

Apr 04, 2022 07:57 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

You may have broken your rule, but it was a good deed too. Kindness counts and you sure made a welcoming gesture.

Apr 05, 2022 04:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I recognized that my rule should not over rule these folks need for help that they could not find elsewhere Myrl Jeffcoat . I am really glad I did as they were appreciative and then there was also that added benefit to show off Timmothy's art gallery.

 

Thanks for the feature in The Old Fart's Club. 😊

Apr 05, 2022 05:45 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Well said Kathy Streib . When we talk the talk we should be ready to walk the walk if we claim to be Christians.

Apr 05, 2022 05:46 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I don't know about me being "so" flexible Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS but I am glad I was in this case anyway. 😉

Apr 05, 2022 05:47 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Kindness does count Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 and I am glad that I am maturing as I used to be so blunt and unyielding.

Apr 05, 2022 05:49 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 Bob,
There's no better reason to break a rule than to help another human in need. Your kindness was rewarded.

Apr 05, 2022 05:50 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It was immediately rewarded Carol Williams both by the happiness of those who signed and the couple that just happened to stop by when we finished.

Apr 05, 2022 05:54 AM