Hurricane Ian and Gratefulness

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX PALM REALTY 3247553

So many things I take for granted until a devasting storm reminds me in a brutal way.  Today my power came back on and I was able to have a hot cup of coffee and air conditioning.  I knew this from  previous storms but I always forget.  I may remember this time - every morning when I have that first cup.

I am so grateful for the POWER LINEMEN who are working so hard and so long to get everyone’s power up and running at the sacrifice of their own families and lives.

I am grateful for the FIRST RESPONDERS who are also working so long and so hard and really putting up with a lot from stressed out, storm weary people and yes, some very selfish and mean people.  Their jobs are probably rarely sunshine and rainbows and this situation can’t be easy.  They handle it all professionally at the sacrifice of their own traumas.

I am grateful for the BUSINESS OWNERS who were able to open their businesses and share food and ice cold drinks and great service.  

I am grateful for the INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS AND COMMUNITIES who rallied together and gave away free food and water and helped each other out when needed.

I am grateful to the MEDICAL PERSONNEL who have worked tirelessly throughout, doing what they can, especially with one hospital out of commission.

I am grateful to all the WEATHER REPORTERS AND EXPERTS who kept us up to date on the storm situation.

I am grateful to all my FRIENDS who checked on me and worried about my family and me.

Patience and kindness do really go a long way.  Although this one is going to take a long recovery, we have done it before and we’ll do it again.

Thank you to all of these courageous and selfless human beings and if I left anyone out - thank you too!

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Vickie Teel
Broker Associate/REALTOR®

SWFL (Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Englewood, North Port

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Comments (19)

Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Vickie Teel I did not know you until your post. I am touched by your reaching out with so much gratitude as it will take a huge village to help everyone and their communities recover. 

Oct 03, 2022 08:01 PM
Vickie Teel

Awwww thank you Emily Medvec .  It sure will and people are working so hard.  I

Oct 03, 2022 08:54 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Vickie - I agree with the comment by Emily Medvec.  Thank you for this post where kindness is on display amid such horrible tragedy.  Kindness need not ever be in short supply.   Good luck as you move forward.  

Oct 04, 2022 03:13 AM
Vickie Teel

Thank you so much Michael Jacobs for your kind words.  There are some truly amazing humans out there.

Oct 04, 2022 04:57 AM
Emily Medvec

Michael Jacobs yes, sadly kindness is in short supply like our inventory. As for Vickie Teel she is filled with it.

Oct 04, 2022 07:23 AM
Michael Jacobs

Emily Medvec - Kindness is the gift that can keep on giving.  And by continuous giving, it often begins to expand exponentially.  

Oct 04, 2022 11:50 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for your gratitude post, and I am happy you were able to have your coffee yesterday morning (and air conditioning!) A lot of people work hard when disasters strike, and are often not recognized, so your post will mean a lot to a lot!

Oct 04, 2022 05:01 AM
Vickie Teel

Thank you Kat Palmiotti - oh it was soooooo good.  I have been more blessed and fortunate than most.

Oct 04, 2022 05:04 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Vickie, in disasters like Ian, it is time for all of us to be grateful, and so glad you are safe and now have power restored.

Oct 04, 2022 06:25 AM
Vickie Teel
RE/MAX PALM REALTY - Port Charlotte, FL
Sharing Florida sunshine one homeowner at a time!

Thank you Joan Cox I appreciate that

Oct 04, 2022 10:11 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:


Welcome to the Rain. Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Bill

Oct 04, 2022 02:11 PM
Vickie Teel

Hi Bill Salvatore - East Valley - thanks - I have been here a while I just don’t remember to post often enough.  Thanks for the follow and I’ve followed back

Oct 06, 2022 03:54 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Vickie- I love your very thoughtful post!!!  And I'm glad to "know" you because see all try to check in with fellow members during and after an event. You are so right...we need to be more grateful for those who make our lives a lot easier. I can remember when we were in Delray during Irma, I saw lineman out working before and right after the hurricane. 

Oct 04, 2022 07:11 PM
Vickie Teel

Hi Kathy Streib - yes these selfless souls work so hard around the clock no matter the conditions.  Thank you also for all your helpful blog posts.  I feel there are so many posts I would miss if I didn’t have yours to point them out

Oct 06, 2022 03:58 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Oct 08, 2022 05:51 PM
Vickie Teel

Kathy Streib  - thank you sooooo much for including my post.  I love your posts and look forward to them in case I missed some really good ones. 

Oct 12, 2022 09:49 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Vickie. As a forest resident of Ft. Myers and active, at different times, in properties from Naples through Sarasota, I was amazed at the damage and how people rallied to help the recovery. Glad you are safe.

Oct 09, 2022 05:14 AM
Vickie Teel

Wayne Martin - thanks so much.  I hope you are also safe and sound.  There is still so much kindness in people.

Oct 12, 2022 09:50 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Vickie - I am so glad you are safe.  As a homeowner in Port Saint Lucie I watched the hurricane change course but I was ready with shutters and everyone was a big help.  Thanks to all those you mentioned.

Oct 09, 2022 05:45 AM
Vickie Teel

Grant Schneider - I'm thinking I need to move closer to Tampa.  This is the 2nd time a storm was predicted to head that way and turned this way.  So glad you were prepared just in case and that you didn't have to go through all this.  

Oct 12, 2022 09:52 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

As Emily Medvec and others have said, expressing your gratitude is such a powerful behavior.  May your life and those of other affected by this hurricane return to normal or some normalcy as soon as possible.

Oct 09, 2022 06:13 AM
Vickie Teel

Thank you Leanne Smith - expressing gratitude really is a powerful behavior.  If nothing else, it gives you a good feeling and a chance to appreciate all the good in your life.  I'm afraid this devastation is going to take a while to come back to normal but we've been through it before.  We are alive and "things" can be fixed.  Thank you for your good thoughts.

Oct 12, 2022 09:54 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

No one understands the aftermath of a hurricane until they have been through it.  no electricity, no water or boil water, can't flush toilets.


Oct 09, 2022 07:07 AM
Vickie Teel

Hi faye schubert - you are so right.  We have a lot of new people who have moved here in the last few years and they believe that it all should have been fixed within a few days.  They really did not know what to expect afterwards.  It is a process.  

Oct 12, 2022 09:56 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Vickie,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week, as I missed it. Glad you are safe and good luck as you move forward. Your kindness and gratefulness is truly a gift to others and it will keep on giving to so many.

Oct 09, 2022 07:34 AM
Vickie Teel

Awwwww Dorie Dillard Austin TX  - thank you so much.  I love Kathy Streib 's posts for that same reason.  Yes we're all moving forward and "getting on with it" and we'll be even better prepared for the next.  Have a wonderful day.

Oct 12, 2022 09:58 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Glad to hear you made it through and are able to post your safety and your gratitude. Yes, we always have a lot to be grateful for even in the midst of disaster.

Oct 09, 2022 08:14 AM
Vickie Teel

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - thanks so much.  You are right - even in the midst of such widespread devastation there is always something to be grateful for whether it's a hot cup of coffee or the power (and air conditioning) returning.

Oct 12, 2022 10:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It is good to see that you are safe. Thanks for sharing some of your thoughts.

Many responders need our continued thanks.

Oct 09, 2022 11:12 AM
Vickie Teel

Hi Roy Kelley - there are so very many helpful people and I try to thank them whenever I come in contact with them.  They work so hard and they work long hours.

Oct 12, 2022 10:01 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It’s like Mister Rogers said, you always need to look for the helpers and look for the ways to get things the right way and you will find that gratitude

Oct 09, 2022 10:03 PM
Vickie Teel

Hi Laura Cerrano - I loved Mister Rogers and always loved that he said look for the helpers.  Thank you.  

Oct 12, 2022 10:02 AM
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

Disasters bring out the best and the worst in people. I am happy you are ok after Ian Vickie Teel.  

Oct 12, 2022 11:51 AM
Vickie Teel

Thanks so much CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS, EA .  It sure does and it brings out the scariest scammers ever.  

Oct 16, 2022 09:41 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Vickie Teel - this is the first time I learned you are a member of ActiveRain. I had to go back to check the dates and realized you had to wait 7 days to get power, air conditioning, and your first hot cup of coffee. Florida was devastated yet you have a grateful heart knowing everyone was helping others, as best as they could. How are things today? I know it will take a long time for FL to get back to the way it should but I hope you are doing well and your family, friends, and business too. I did not have a cup of coffee this morning, but your post was a real eye-opener. I will keep you and everyone in FL in my thoughts and prayers. 

Oct 26, 2022 02:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Vickie.

I hope you are having a productive autumn.

Nov 05, 2022 05:13 AM