The Gift of Presence. . .

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532


The Gift of Presence. . .   


What I've learned. Everyday life can continue to offer connections that link together things that may, at first, seem dissimilar.  It is not some sleight of hand that happens magically that makes them appear alike. However, some of these incidents can be surprising. 


Like life, holiday celebrations evolve as families (or any group) change.  They may increase in size or become smaller in other respects.  It’s truly the circle of life and each of us has a front row seat even when we are participants.


Talk about a live theater moment. It seems spontaneous even when there may be a script-of-sorts. Such examples continue to make life interesting with elements of unexpectedness.


Some rituals remain.  Others are reinvented, maybe recycled in a freshly discovered or slightly different package.  Ah, yes, those subtle nuances.


Familiar foods are experienced. Sensations of all sorts are introduced too. Traditions are remembered.   And people.  Past and present are part of the gathering.


Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. Enjoy the presence.

Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (35)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Best wishes, Michael, for a Very Merry Christmas!

Enjoy every special moment during the holidays.

Dec 25, 2022 11:17 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - thank you.  And the same for you and Dolores too.  

Dec 25, 2022 11:23 AM
Roy Kelley

Dolores and I are spending the day at home. I expect to gain weight after enjoying all the food she has prepared.

Dec 25, 2022 11:37 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - reading your follow-up reply reminds me of a longtime favorite quote "Everything in moderation including moderation".  

Dec 26, 2022 07:52 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Hi Michael,

Great post! Good reminder to stay in the present too! Merry Christmas all the best to you in the New Year.

Dec 25, 2022 11:52 AM
Michael Jacobs

Steve Higgins - thank you for commenting today.  I hope your Christmas and the arrival of 2023 are wonderful.  

Dec 25, 2022 12:57 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Michael Jacobs hank you for the great post. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Dec 25, 2022 01:45 PM
Michael Jacobs

John Pusa - I hope you are enjoying this holiday season.  

Dec 25, 2022 01:48 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Michael -The presence of everything and how everything interacts. We have old but  then welcome new traditions.

Dec 26, 2022 06:40 AM
Michael Jacobs

Grant Schneider - it definitely combines. Shaken, stirred and all mixed up.  

Dec 26, 2022 06:46 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Michael,
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas day. As time goes on and our Christmas gatherings evolve and change, the need for presence is so important. It is, after all, what memories are made from. 

Dec 26, 2022 07:36 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carol Williams - the spirit of the season need not come to an end but there may be indications that it ceases to exist in the same way.  That's the way life continues to evolve.  I am sure your holidays will travel with ongoing appeal.  

Dec 26, 2022 07:56 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michael:

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. It was fun to read this today after having our family time in LA yesterday. I was reminded, again, about the gift at holiday time of family, and the importance of being present in those special moments.


Dec 26, 2022 01:22 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jeff Dowler, CRS - the relatively good weather we experienced in Los Angeles County is predicted to leave this week and return hopefully before New Year's Eve.  I am glad to hear your family time up this way was enjoyed.  

Dec 26, 2022 06:36 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael,

Merry Christmas!  Our celebration was just my immediate family.  

This is the first Christmas that I have not worked with clients.  We enjoyed being a family.  

Dec 26, 2022 01:48 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - Belated Christmas Greetings.  I am happy to hear that family time was spotlighted this holiday.  I am sure that the Sedona spirit continues all week into the new year.  

Dec 26, 2022 06:39 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

These are a few of my favorite things and I thank you for sharing Michael Jacobs 

Dec 26, 2022 08:37 PM
Michael Jacobs

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - sometimes few can be just enough.  I believe Goldilocks may have been among the first to use similar thoughts attributed in a quote of sorts.  

Dec 27, 2022 01:21 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Last week my wife and I drove 590 miles round trip to attend a 80th Birthday Celebration/ Family Reunion. It was a great kickoff to the Holidays 

Dec 27, 2022 06:23 AM
Michael Jacobs

Michael J. Perry - milestones can make significant impressions.  I am sure your presence was well-received as well as appreciated.   

Dec 27, 2022 06:31 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Great post Michael, I just got around to catching up on what I missed during the Holiday. I was trying to be present with friends and family!

Dec 27, 2022 06:25 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - belated Christmas greetings.  The holidays can be overwhelming with obligations, making appearances and other things related to both.  Those moments when we can catch up are important too.  

Dec 27, 2022 06:34 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Again incredible insight about being the "gift of being presence."

Dec 28, 2022 04:53 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

What a beautifully written post - thanks for sharing. Being present during holidays is so important because the time with family is really precious - and never guaranteed 

Dec 28, 2022 07:50 AM
Michael Jacobs

Lise Howe - thank you for the kind comment.  You're right, life never offers guarantees. 

Dec 28, 2022 08:00 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

Thank you Michael,

Christmas was quite but nice. I hope yours was nice as well!

Dec 28, 2022 03:37 PM
Michael Jacobs

Steve Higgins - Thank you - I am glad to hear your Christmas was nice too and hope the new year arrives the same way.  For both of us as well.  

Dec 28, 2022 04:32 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We reinvented our Christmas Eve celebration by not joining family (long story) and opting for an exceptionally experience of dining and rest at a great resort next to the San Francisco Bay.

May 2023 bring you happiness, good health and abundance.

Dec 28, 2022 07:23 PM
Michael Jacobs

John Juarez - dynamics of relationships (family and otherwise) make evolution an active part of daily life.  Experiences that bring joy are meant to be celebrated so I am happy to hear that was the case during the Christmas holiday for you.  

Happy New Year in advance and your 2023 wishes are good to be spread to all.  

Dec 29, 2022 07:11 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael the wordsmith:) loved seeing you the other day and your friend was fun too and Diane really could relate to your friend Endre

Dec 28, 2022 08:44 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - I am glad the weather was good on Monday too as we all know how traveling in SoCal while it is raining can be irksome. 

It was nice seeing everybody as well as meeting Holly for the first time after reading about her for some years.  Happy New Year in advance to you and Diane.   

Dec 29, 2022 05:24 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Helping agents live an exceptional life!

This year the presents I gave was a commitment to my presence next year- time spent doing something with the people I love. Great post!

Dec 30, 2022 04:51 AM
Michael Jacobs

Chrissi Chapman Topoleski - that's a commitment that can bring wonderful results.  And it's a gift that involves many happy returns to the thoughts of presence.  

Dec 30, 2022 05:41 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Happy New Year's Eve Michael, try to behave yourself, but have a lot of fun.

Dec 31, 2022 11:01 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - it's likely I'll be asleep by the time 2023 hits Los Angeles.  It is possible that happens before the ball drops in Times Square.

Dec 31, 2022 11:49 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Michael! Oh, I am notorious to being 'in the presence' and leaving my phone turned face-down on the table, only to pick it up and snap a photo or two. I will leave gatherings and have 25 text messages waiting for me but, everyone always knows I'll be back with them when I'm free. When I'm with them, I give them that same respect and devotion! 

That said, I've entertained, been entertained, volunteered and worked my tush off for the past 6 weeks and I am READY to only have to worry about working my business tush off for a bit! Ha! 

Jan 01, 2023 08:40 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

HaHa! Oh, if not for my calendar, I would be a puddle in the floor! Planning is key to keeping me sane, Michael Jacobs!

Jan 01, 2023 10:07 AM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - here's to more sanity. And in any year too.  

Jan 01, 2023 03:02 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - a tush time-off might be much needed for many.  And for many reasons.  Before, during or after any event.  Here's to the powers of proper planning.  

Jan 01, 2023 09:49 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Thank you!! You're such a gem, Michael! 

Jan 01, 2023 06:02 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi Michael.  And as humankind evolves, - awakens, grows, becomes more and more enlightened, we treasure the changing times while cognizant of the memories and the present moment.

Jan 05, 2023 01:19 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jane Chaulklin-Schott - indeed!

Jan 05, 2023 06:03 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Michael Jacobs hoping your Christmas and New Year's was fabulous and momentous!  Here's to a fabulous 2023!  See you in the Rain!

Jan 06, 2023 11:16 AM
Michael Jacobs

Diana Dahlberg - I hope to enjoy seeing you jumping through the puddles of ActiveRain in 2023.  

Jan 06, 2023 11:50 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Michael Jacobs Hmmm ... maybe a future blog? LOL

Jan 06, 2023 12:04 PM