Sandpoint Realty 'Monday Motivation' - December 4, 2023

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sandpoint Realty LLC DB36113

Sandpoint Reatly 'Monday Motivation' while true in and of itself, needs be adjusted a bit, in my opinion.

Sandpoint Realty Monday Motivation Adversity

This quote is true to both men and women and they need not be 'great'.  The common person, often unnoticed, fights adversity as well, just not noticed by as many.

I remember a 'River Rafting Trip' from many decades back.  Our guides promised us a special extra, to the trip, if we were interested in a bit of a hike and a little climbing.  A small group of us went.  

As we were making our way up the hill, ridges, on what was anything but a well traveled trail we noticed one gentleman having a more difficult time than seemed necessary. 

When we made it to our starting point, of the extra adventure, we stood at the edge of an overhang about 40 feet above a large pool created by the hundreds of  years of a stream and the granite rock being carved out.  Our guides explained we would be jumping into 4 or 5 pools bringing us back to our waiting rafts.

By this time word had spread that the gentleman having the difficult time was deathly afraid of heights.  All of us seemed to silently acknowledge his struggle, and the inner battle he must have been experiencing.  

No one made an overly big issue of it but did either step in front of him or behind him to give just a little additional assurance he was not alone.  I can not imagine the strength it took to jump from each ledge. 

After many river rafting trips and wonderful memories this one sticks strongest with me decades later.  The above quote brings it to mind.  

It was by far and away one of the bravest moments I have ever witnessed.  


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Mark Don McInnes

Broker - REALTOR®

208 255-6227 - North Idaho Home & Land Searches


Sandpoint Realty LLC

1205 Highway 2

Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

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Mark Don McInnes

208 255-6227

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Comments (15)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning Mary and hope you have a great start to the week.  Thanks for sharing this one with us here in the Rain.


Dec 04, 2023 09:33 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho

Will, lmao.  I let you get away with calling me John on previous comment.  Don't know I can allow the 'Mary'.  Mark Don McInnes  lol

Dec 04, 2023 11:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Mark,

This is quite a story of how all of you helped to calm this mans fears. Can't imagine how hard this must have been for him!

Dec 04, 2023 02:57 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well I love Seneca and what a powerful message and post Mary, John aka Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho :))))))))))))))))Endre

Dec 04, 2023 10:23 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Adversity is certainly a part of life and people become great by overcoming the adversities in their life.

Dec 05, 2023 04:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

That is some story, Mark. My husband has a great fear of heights. You wouldn't have been able to talk him into any part of this adventure.

Dec 05, 2023 08:45 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho I am not a fan of heights, however, I do not let it control me, but I understand the struggle this man was experiencing.

Dec 05, 2023 09:35 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

For years, I was afraid of being stuck in an elevator.  And, then one very hot August day much of the power grid failed. It hit Sacramento hard.  Guess where I was.  I was in an elevator, stuck between floors at my real estate office.  It was on a Sunday, so there wasn't many people in the building.  However, one agent at the back of the office, walked by, and I yelled at her when I heard her walking.  She called 911, but it took awhile for the fire department to respond, because the traffic lights were out, causing a major auto accident a few blocks away.  Finally, they came, used a crowbar to pull the elevator doors apart.  Firemen provided a ladder so I could climb out.  What I learned was the experience wasn't as bad as I had envisioned.  The worse part was the heat, which had accumulated inside the elevator on that very hot 100+ day.

Dec 05, 2023 12:55 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho

Quite a story of your own Myrl.  Thanks.  Take care.  m

Dec 05, 2023 02:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Mark- what a remarkable story to illustrate your quote. I can relate to this because I'm not fond of heights and especially not of willingly jumping off things. 

Dec 07, 2023 07:48 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dec 09, 2023 07:08 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Mark. Many times the adversity many face goes unnoticed. It makes this who face it no less brave for doing so. Thanks for sharing the power of helping others overcome.

Dec 10, 2023 05:45 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I'm not a fan of heights and would have had issues of my own. Sometimes people you would never expect to be brave, are. My husband has a story about a young girl who was terrified of a training exercise where they had to be in a helicopter in water upside down and swim out. She did it. A big huge strong man decided he was going to quit his job instead of doing the exercise. You just never know who will do what.

Dec 10, 2023 06:45 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Overcoming fears is terrifying, Mark, glad you all were able to help him at that time. He probably remembers the experience pretty vividly as well. Happy Sunday to you!

Dec 10, 2023 11:01 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

What a great story to share with us Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho . There certainly have been times in my (and most people) life where every step is/was a struggle. I am glad that Kathy Streib led me to this journey.

Dec 10, 2023 05:01 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I must agree Mark with your quote and your summation. It is truly a site to see 🙂

Dec 10, 2023 05:34 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Great quote!

I wish I could have been with you on your rafting adventure and the hike. It would have been a lot of fun.

Dec 16, 2023 02:08 PM