We have all had them. Moments in life that impact us in a way that we did not expect and it changes us in a way we never expected.
Real estate is a tough business and it just gets tougher all the time. It is very demanding indeed. There is so much to learn and so much to absorb. I have spoken to many AR friends over the past year and lately spoke to my friend Tracy Santrock. Tracy and I spoke for over an hour early last week sharing the latest and greatest real estate technology, Search Engine Optimization tools, marketing tools and much more.
With all the success in my career over the past years I always felt there was something else I wanted in my life other than this busy world of real estate and I always felt it would have something to do with children. In fact, when my broker asked me 2 years ago what I would do if I didn't sell real estate, I responded by telling him "I don't know but I know I want to work with children".
Over a month ago my sister asked if I would volunteer as a scorer for the Junior Golf Program my nephew is part of. It required that I take a day off in the middle of the week to walk 9 holes of golf with 4 young randomly selected kids that were 11 years of age. A the time I said "Sure" just thinking it would be a nice break from work and fun.
Well last Thursday was the day for me to be a scorer for 4 wonderful kids, Brandon, Chance, Michelle and Sky. My job was to keep score and to make sure they all followed the rules of golf.
Brandon hit his first drive on the first hole and I was in awe! This kid is a Tiger Woods in the making if I have ever seen one! This kid is averaging better scores than grown men on a very tough 9 hole course. His swing is one of the sweetest, purest I have ever seen and I watch a lot of golf. I told him to remember me when he goes on tour!
Chance had a smile and a happy go lucky attitude that just lit up the place. It didn't matter if he hit great shot or a bad shot, his attitude and smile remained constant. He pretty much guaranteed we all had a light hearted great time.
Michelle was a cute little blonde girl that seemed to just be out for a Sunday afternoon drive. She didn't take the game too seriously and she has a wonderful genuine smile that will light up any room. She just remained very consistent and just kept "smiling" and was just as agreeable and kind as anyone I have ever been around.
Sky was very reserved and her golf game was not real good and I just tried to pump her up with words of encouragement. It wasn't until the 7th hole until I finally heard Sky say more than one word at a time when she said "Putt it, roll it, hole it" to Chance when he was getting ready to putt. As I mentioned, Sky didn't golf very good that day and finally, here we are on the last hole. Brandon, Michelle and Chance have all missed the last putt on the last hole which was about a 5 foot putt and would save par. I looked at Sky and said "Putt it, roll it, hole it". She just smiled at me and swung the putter. The ball went strait in the hole! Sky had a smile wider than Niagara Falls as she proceeded to get high fives from everyone!
I simply had the time of my life last Thursday and when it was all over I was kind of saddened that it had all come to an end. What I felt from all those kids is hard to put into words. They all had something special they brought to the course that day and they all touched me in a special way.
I hope that in the hustle and bustle of your real estate career you have something away from the business where you can leave the cell phone in the car and give your heart and soul to something or someone that brings a joy to your heart and allows you to give something back to this great world. The world will not end if you miss a few calls over a few hours. Trust me, it will give you a balance and a purpose that we all need.
I don't think Brandon, Chance, Michelle and Sky have any idea what they did for me that day.
Go out and Putt it, Roll it and hole it!
Posted By: George Tallabas - Boise Idaho Real Estate Agent - Associate Broker
with RE/MAX Advantage, Canyon Counties #1 Brokerage in sales and listings
specializing in Boise Idaho Real Estate and Southwest Idaho Real Estate.