Attitude of Gratitude | Faith

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KD Realty - 408.972.1822 CA DRE#01366594

My Faith has carried me through some incredibly challenging and stressful times both in business and in my personal life. 

Faith: "Unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence; unquestioning belief in God, religious tenets."  

Who among us has not experienced challenging and stressful times in their life?

Over the years, I've grown to refer to such times as the "dark night of the soul" to mean a crisis of faith or a difficult, painful period in life.

It is the unexpected events that creep up behind me and knock a tremendous metaphorical blow to my head.  No way did I see that coming!  

When that happens, life as I knew it changes forever.  I am always better/stronger for the experience. 

The other side of an unexpected metaphorical blow to my head is when God calls me to hard things. When I am called, I must answer.  I realize I have a choice. My choice is always to answer the call and step into the arena.  


I am now involved in one of those calls to do hard things. It is a personal business matter and I know I have been called to step into the area. I also know why I was called. Given the situation and circumstances, there is no one better to answer the call. I do not say that in a braggadocious way. I am already creating much-needed changes designed to serve the greater good of a community versus the self-serving hands of a select few. 

Would it be easier to ignore the situation and not answer the call? 


This situation is consuming a lot of my time and energy.  Managing the situation and the time involved creates stress that also must be managed. 

Moments of inner knowing, knowledge that comes from within, is what caused me to specialize in probate real estate.  I've always said, it found me after the death of my sister in 2014 and a year later following the death of my mother. Those experiences changed me and caused me to know that focusing my real estate business on probate was answering the call. 

I am grateful for my discernment. 

I am grateful for the gift of forgiveness and grace. 

This post is Kathleen Daniels, CPRES, third gratitude post in the November Gratitude Challenge hosted by the one and only gracious, Debe Maxwell, CRS 


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Comments (21)

Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Liz's volunteer work with Bunny the Chihuahua at the local hospice (COVID requirements put a wrench in that) was a progression from helping tend to her brother in his final months from a brain tumor.  She knew He was calling her to do something to help others in a similar situation.

I know the Stones aren't exactly Biblical, but there's some truth in:

No, you can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometime you'll find
You get what you need

I've wanted certain things that didn't happen, but I've always been where I'm supposed to be.  There's some peace in understanding that things happen as they should, even when I don't understand why.

Good luck with your hard work!
Nov 15, 2023 11:36 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Bill of Liz and Bill Spear when we know, we know. It truly is an inner knowing that words cannot express. 

I like the way you stated ... there is peace in understanding that things happen as they should, even when we don't understand why.  

I may not like it, yet quiet acceptance offers inner peace. 

Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 


Nov 15, 2023 12:38 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Kathleen... I must have read through this three times before I managed to write a comment... and here I am commenting and just have nothing to say except "what a wonderful message" about faith. Makes one feel sorry for people without faith.

Nov 15, 2023 12:24 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Miss Nina Hollander, Broker Thank you. 

When people question me about my faith, I typically give examples of life experiences as a way of explaining there is a power much greater than me that is in ultimate control. 

Nov 15, 2023 12:49 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathleen life challenges shape who we are, and how we handle those challenges define who we are.  God sees us through the challenges if we open our hearts and minds to the direction He takes us.

Nov 15, 2023 01:41 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello George Souto well said. An open heart is essential to His guidance. 

Nov 16, 2023 06:15 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have always tried to have control of my attitude, and when I stay positive the world is mine to enjoy and explore. Thank you for sharing Kathleen 🙂

Nov 15, 2023 05:30 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Attitude will make us or break us Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 

We have a choice.  There are times when I feel "broken" yet so far I have always been able to rise above.  

Nov 16, 2023 06:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Kathleen- I admire anyone with a strong faith. And YOU have that. It's the Leap of and with Faith that can take us where we are meant to be. 

Nov 15, 2023 05:47 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Kathy Streib there are times when I question "why" and I doing this or why is this happening ... there is always a reason seen or unseen. No one said life would be easy ... yet the not easy parts is where we grow.

Nov 16, 2023 06:18 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Faith is a powerful element that provides those who have it a sense of peace.

Nov 15, 2023 06:52 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

It sure does Myrl Jeffcoat - peace in my heart is what I strive to maintain daily. 

Nov 16, 2023 06:19 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Faith is knowing that when one needs help it's there. Like the story of the person walking in the sand and there were 2 sets of foot prints. After a while there was just 1. The man questioned it nd his faith led him to appreciate that God was walking beside him and when he need help, God carried him.

Nov 15, 2023 07:03 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

There are times when I ask to be uplifted, and carried Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 ... we are not alone.

Nov 16, 2023 06:20 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  you do not often post, but when you do they are powerful posts what I am missing is the Gold Star on this post, Endre

Nov 15, 2023 09:05 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Endre Barath, Jr. thank you for your kind words.  This post definitely went deep.  

Nov 16, 2023 06:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It takes a strong person to accept the challenge of doing hard things, whatever they are. Kudos to you for having the faith to carry on. And thank you for your post.

Nov 16, 2023 05:55 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello, Kat Palmiotti something I did not expect was after writing this and posting it some of the heaviness of the hard thing I am working on lifted. Thank you for stopping by.

Nov 16, 2023 06:27 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

My faith has always been a cornerstone of my life and as always you gave me much to think about Kathleen 🙂

Nov 16, 2023 08:13 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

We share this in common Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - I confess in my much younger years my Faith was not what is is today.  Thank you for stopping by.

Nov 18, 2023 06:57 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Probate real estate is definitely your calling, Kathleen. Some people are unable to do 'hard' and prefer to take the less invasive route. Your faith has also brought you right where you're intended, in a good place!

Nov 17, 2023 08:41 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you Miss Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! When I see some people "lost" in life, it always seems to be because they have no real purpose.  I am in a good place.   

Nov 18, 2023 06:59 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist I do not post very often lately, but when I do, it must be for a good reason. It is a rare moment when a 'light' illuminates and even rarer when the calling is answered. Clearly, you have done so and it this post that confirms my decision including you as one of my most highly valued friends here in AR. Keep the Faith!

Nov 18, 2023 03:59 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Awe - thank you Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI 
You know I feel the same way. We have grown closer over the years as we share our thoughts and feelings about so many things!  💙💗

Nov 18, 2023 07:03 AM
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Phone Direct 240-506-2434 | 301-681-0550 office - Silver Spring, MD
Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR

Thanks for sharing this lovely message about Faith. I also believe that our challenges help us grow and become an even better person.  I believe we are here on earth to help others in everything we do.  


Nov 18, 2023 05:10 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

I agree with you 100% Barbara Michaluk we are here to help others in everything we do.  Thank you for stopping by. 

Nov 18, 2023 07:04 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I hope that your faith smooths the journey you are on with the personal matter that is causing trouble for you. 

Nov 18, 2023 06:29 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you, Lise Howe it has been a roller-coaster ride. I continue to learn and grow personally, professionally, and spiritually.  

Nov 18, 2023 07:06 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi again Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 💕Your post hits home with me, as you know now.  Having faith and asking and trusting that God prevails is a gift that keeps on giving. Somehow we pull through those tough times and just simply trust that all is well on it's path to greater good.  I know that is true for you! Trust.

Nov 18, 2023 09:47 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

We are most definitely in alignment with our Faith Miss Anna "Banana" Kruchten - you knew when you needed to get out of the hospital as it was not the best place for you to be.  And your hero, Gary,  got you out! 

Nov 18, 2023 02:42 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Great post, Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist.

I know that anyone seeking a REALTOR to assist them in the sale of a home through probate would be well served to associate themselves with you.

Nov 18, 2023 01:56 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you, John Juarez I appreicate your kindness and support. 

Nov 18, 2023 02:43 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I love this post and am so glad that it was featured. You have stepped up in a big way. Proud of you.

Nov 19, 2023 03:54 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you Dr. Paula McDonald it continues to be a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. This too shall pass. 

Nov 20, 2023 08:04 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist Wow!  Loved your November Challenge -- Attitude of Gratitude / Faith -- very inspirational!

Believers use the word faith all the time -- sometimes to define what we believe, sometimes to define who we are. Faith refers to our beliefs as well as to how we express those beliefs.  For you ... faith has both grounded you in truth and pushed you to take bold action!  

I was also reminded of Isaiah 6:8-13 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?'  And I said, 'Here am I; send me!'  And he said, 'Go and say to this people: 'Keep listening, but do not comprehend; keep looking, but do not understand."

Wishing you a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Nov 20, 2023 07:17 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Diana Dahlberg you said it so well.  My faith has grounded me in truth and pushed me to take bold action!  Thank you for your comment. 

Nov 24, 2023 03:45 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Kathleen! Loved this post and your message is such a wonderful example of one filled with faith. You took your deeply emotional life's experiences and let Him guide you into your present business model. I've always thought you were somehow guided to do that because it's not a niche for the faint of heart. You are clearly guided by a higher being and your faith has now led you down another personal business. path. 

I hope at some point you'll be able to share that as well. I know you are going to rock it though - because you are there BECAUSE of your faith and your faith is going to guide you through as long as He sees fit! 

Thank you for such a wonderful WOW post for this month's gratitude challenge! 

Nov 24, 2023 01:49 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello Debe Maxwell, CRS When the day comes, and the time is right, I do plan to share what I was called to do.  Thank you for your comment. 

Nov 24, 2023 03:47 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist: A solid Faith in GOD is essential. We face many challenges in life, and we get through them with our faith.  Some face more than others. I wish you well my sweet lady  

Nov 29, 2023 03:00 PM