Thoughts on Transitions. . .

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Thoughts on Transitions

As Autumn Becomes Real

And Some Other Stuff. . .


As this relatively new season continues, I am thinking of transitions even as SoCal doesn't participate as much or in the same way as other parts of the country. With the passage of time, it's interesting to me as I see many sorts things move along too. It is rather incredible to think how much comes together despite threats of unraveling. Some of this stuff (so to speak) seems to occur quickly, even abruptly.  Other life events seem to make subtler appearances. Its in this combination, I gain additional insight and perspective.


Admittedly, I talk to myself. One familiar refrain is to accept (or reject) - adapt and adjust. Even with the inevitablity of things beyond time there's a lot of other stuff that can cause confusion, maybe disruption.


Maybe this is a reminder (to myself, especially) to let go of some of the stuff that can clutter my outlook. I remain a work-in-progress. Yes, I repeat these words often. For me, it's something worth remembering. . .




Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (37)

Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

Hi Michael, Thanks goodness for transitions. It's an opportunity to grow, improve and soar. And as you mentioned, we're all a work in progress.

Oct 27, 2023 06:45 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carla Freund - transitions can be good in the moment and for a lot longer too.  The "work" continues. . .  

Oct 27, 2023 07:23 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

The topic of "transitions," is timely and often different to different people or objects or seasons in life. Michael Jacobs - What resonated with me was how you wrote this piece, especially gaining "additional insights and perspective." Yes! That is a good combination. 

I read. Pondered. Read again... Pondered further. My thoughts? The rivers of living water flows within you. 

Pondering is a second nature to me. Your pondering is good. I ponder in silence. Even in silence we are effective communicators. 

Oct 28, 2023 06:09 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - this week I finished reading Life is in the Transitions by Bruce Feiler.  I originally started it in September before the arrival of Autumn.   - put it down and then picked it up again.  Life and transitions are like that.  Non-linear in some ways but following a certain path as well.  The book and life are fascinating.  

Oct 28, 2023 07:12 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - I am interested in reading Life is in Trsansitions for many reasons. The older I get the more I realize, life really is an adventure, whether we hike to climb mountains, or stay at home. We often step into uncharted territories with head scratching moments. Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! 

I guess when you think about it, it is no wonder why there really isn't much difference in how we thought about things when we were a kid and how we began to think more differently or not over time. Sometimes I feel like the little kid who got into a small canoe in search of a better life, far away from home, only to discover, I coudn't wait to get back home. Like famous explorers we are drawn to discovery by curiousity. We go with gusto and/or fear to places of the unknown. Some are thrust upon us; others we choose. Brave or not these are life experiences and as you summed it all up, "The book and life are fascinating." I hope to get the book and start reading it soon.

Thank you. I am wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving full of enlightenment and peace of heart. 

Nov 22, 2023 08:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michael:

I had to chuckle at your title, having just transitioned, in a matter of hours, from Kaua'i to Carlsbad yesterday early morning. And still adjusting a bit to the time differences.

As far as being a work in progress, that's a definite yes for me (as it is for everyone). Life is a journey of transitions - some more disruptive than others - and adaptation. But we have choices, should we decide to make them.


Oct 28, 2023 05:53 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello (or is Aloha more appropriate right now?) Jeff - as you so commented transitions are a part of life just like works in progress.  

Oct 28, 2023 06:19 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Oct 28, 2023 06:37 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - thank you.  I appreciate you choosing this post for your weekly selection.  

Oct 29, 2023 03:28 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

we all need to let go of many things so that we can concentrate on the important ones.

Oct 29, 2023 07:44 AM
Michael Jacobs

Lise Howe - it can be difficult but necessary.  I guess if there is an answer, it's likely complicated.    

Oct 29, 2023 08:33 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured your post Michael Jacobs - I missed this one.
I enjoyed it like warm tea that slowly warms the body on a cold evening in Fall.
I talk to myself too, in my garden, walking Whiskey and at my desk. I'm convinced it makes us better writers, better negotiators and possibly a little wittier. Or we're just nuts and should be glad people don't lock us up. 😂 But, great post and thanks for being a fellow self-talker that puts out great content!

Oct 29, 2023 09:30 AM
Michael Jacobs

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets - I like your "warm tea" comparison but tend to think "just nuts" may be more appropriate in my case.  

Oct 29, 2023 02:50 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, we are still seeing a few leaves on the trees, but with 8-10" of snow from yesterday and today, just a few left.

Oct 29, 2023 01:32 PM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - "let it snow, let it snow" may be followed by "sunny days" and warmer temps.  Talk about a flip flop situation - and not of the footwear vaariety.  After all itt's Denver. . .   

Oct 29, 2023 02:52 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I was just having this conversation today with a fellow Rainer. We should all be seeking ways to pivot when needed.

Oct 29, 2023 01:46 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Dr. Paula McDonald - like pondering, pivot is an important "p" word in our vocabulary. 

Oct 29, 2023 02:55 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

As always, love your pondering, Michael! Funny you should mention that you talk to yourself - I do that in private but, am so rarely 'in private.' BUT, my hubby does it and it drives me NUTS! I'll be in my office and he'll be talking to himself. I ask what he's saying and he can't hear me. I get up from my desk and go to him and ask what he said and it's almost ALWAYS, "Oh, just talking to myself!" Half of the time, my response is, "Oh my gosh, YOU ARE CRAZY!!" LOL

And, don't ever worry about the clutter until you're ready to address it - we are ALL a work in-progress, Michael!!

Oct 29, 2023 07:57 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - clutter of many (maybe all) kinds is a an-almost constant reminder of the some of the stuff we bring and take with us over our lives.  Some people seem to specialize in the storage of it.  It makes me wonder if that's why the proliferation of those depositories of stuff kinda places spill out (and over) in some areas.  

Oct 30, 2023 04:12 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs Don't worry I speak to myself often I find I do give myself the best answers.  So glad Kathy Streib featured this as although I follow you ---- you seldom come up in my roll. Must be a cliche 

Oct 30, 2023 11:27 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - most of my self-talk occurs within my mind.  Questions, answers and all sorts of conversation is discussed in this environment.  

Oct 31, 2023 06:48 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

I too talk to myself and find the feedback interesting. Reflection is part of the work in progress. Always enjoy your ruminations.

Oct 31, 2023 05:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Leanne Smith - the trail I take is not typically treacherous but typically thought-worthy.   Detours are a part of this taste-testing menu.  

Oct 31, 2023 06:51 AM
Leanne Smith

My sense is those with a philosophical nature experience a lot of detours.

Oct 31, 2023 07:19 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I think, (I know many will contest that) most of our short comings are self imposed by outside influences. I believe that you are a very logical person that doesn’t deserve a work in progress stigma 🙂

Oct 31, 2023 10:41 PM
Michael Jacobs

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - your comment has me thinking.  I understand that work in progress may seem like a stigma or even a cliche of sorts to some but I continue to wear that label.  Although I appreciate you thinking kindly of the logic you observe, I make many mistakes in that school of thought.   Often over and over.  And then again.  


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Nov 01, 2023 03:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, Michael.

Thank you very much for your comments on my recent posts.

Have an outstanding week.

Nov 01, 2023 06:45 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - my commentinng as well as posting has decreased quite a bit but I continue to read.  I am thankful that the AR Library has many volumes of diverse subjects.  Your commitment to AR commentary remains impressive.  

Nov 01, 2023 08:27 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

Michael Your thoughtful reflection on the nuanced nature of change and the beauty of embracing our humanity resonates. Your emphasis on appreciating life's subtleties is a timely reminder for all of us.

Nov 01, 2023 07:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - thank you for your kind words.  I appreciate it.  

Nov 01, 2023 08:29 PM
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Phone Direct 240-506-2434 | 301-681-0550 office - Silver Spring, MD
Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR

Hi Michael, I personally like a Slow and Steady transition for most events in my life. It gives me time to adjust to change.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Nov 03, 2023 04:31 AM
Michael Jacobs

Barbara Michaluk - it's interesting to me seeing/experiencing how such shifts impact us as well as life around us.  

Nov 03, 2023 05:52 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Michael Jacobs. Truly an interesting topic for discussions. We have to deal with transitions with every step we take in life. I can never get used to moving into the fall seasons as I hate the cold weather. However, whenever I am transitioning from one job to another or one career to another, I like to look at the big picture to make things workout out smoothly. 

Nov 08, 2023 09:55 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jerry Newman - you're right, seeing the big picture isn't necessarily easy but important. 

Nov 08, 2023 03:32 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi, Michael Jacobs ! The themes of transitions and liminality are quite fascinating. Observing Nature and reflecting on them is a great balance. Beautiful colors on the photo!

Nov 17, 2023 04:04 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Steffy- -thank you for your thoughtful comment.

Nov 17, 2023 04:55 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Michael.

Have an outstanding Thanksgiving week.

Enjoy the holidays!

Nov 20, 2023 09:34 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Roy - thank you for the nice Thanksgiving holiday greeting.  I wish the same for the Kelley household.

Nov 20, 2023 02:56 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael Jacobs - I came by to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  

Fall Color - Northern Arizona - Call Sheri Sperry for all your Sedona real estate needs @ 928.274.7355

Nov 23, 2023 11:32 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hello Sheri - belated Thanksgiving Day greetings from California. 

Nov 26, 2023 05:53 PM