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Testing Patience and Participation. . .

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Testing Patience and Participation


As Pondering Continues. . . 


My first thought when the February ActiveRain Challenge was announced in a post by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! was that it was interesting but likely not one where I would participate.  I have entered (and not entered) many AR challenges and contests over the years.  For a number of reasons.  However, as the number of days in this short month increased, I became a bit more intrigued by a vision of possibilities. Maybe my initial reluctance had changed. That realization didn't come to me in a dream but in reading some very creative entries.  


Plus, the informative follow-up post by Kathy Streib about Canva captured my attention. Although I recall some things from the past about Canva, perhaps I could take this reclaimed information to the finish line.  


Over the last few weeks, I have separately wondered about the subject of regrets. But not this time - I choose not to participate in this challenge.  Despite trying and exploring it at length, I finally determined this challenge was not the right fit for me.  And that’s okay - because being an AR member does not require regular attendance nor participation.


Beyond some pretty basic guidelines, it's a relatively uncomplicated life here. And you know what, this post was pretty simple to write once the decision not to participate was made. Fortunately, my clumsy fingers continue to press keys into some form of blogging communication. Even if my routine is different than past years, it works for me.  


If you read this post or any I have written, thank you. And if you have commented or liked them, I appreciate it. This time, I have no regrets. At least, not about this. And now I am marching forward on this last day of February. Some leaps happen like that. . .


The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com.


Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393




Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Leap Day!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Feb 29, 2024 04:13 AM
Michael Jacobs

Bill Salvatore - East Valley - thank you for the February 29 good wishes and for stopping by today.  

Feb 29, 2024 04:38 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Michael Jacobs, the best vision board is the one we have in our hearts and minds, the boards are just visual reminders. You did participate by commenting on posts written by others on vision boards, thank you for your continued support! 

Feb 29, 2024 04:17 AM
Michael Jacobs

Beth Atalay - there are many ways to participate on the ActiveRainLand playground.   Thank you for noticing my comments.  I appreciate that.  

Feb 29, 2024 04:41 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Beth Atalay , Michael's participation in reading and thoughtfully commenting on the posts is always appreciated!!!

Feb 29, 2024 10:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Michael,

I always enjoy your thoughtful and insightful comments on others posts, mine and always enjoy reading your posts. Enjoy leaping into March which will conclude the first quarter in 2024..that is a scary thought! You inspire me to create a vision board and I know you have one it's just not on paper!

Feb 29, 2024 04:24 AM
Michael Jacobs

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - no need to rush the clock, tomorrow we begin month number three of this year. 

I admit your comment had me thinking for a second - then I heard a jet flying overhead.  Or was that an hourglass breaking?  Life is chaotic enough without additional distractions.  I digress.  Again.  

Feb 29, 2024 04:44 AM
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, Physical boards simply serve as visual cues. You contribute always by engaging with others' posts. We possess choices which is why most of us stay.

Feb 29, 2024 04:26 AM
Michael Jacobs

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - although not as frequently noticed now than in the past, it's nice when a member name shows up on the blog roll.  It's another reminder that AR does not have an attendance sheet.  Other rules are relatively easy to follow.  

Feb 29, 2024 04:47 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Well, at least you gave it a good bit of ponderment, but I have to say I am a bit disappointed that I am not getting to see your vision board, haha.

Feb 29, 2024 04:51 AM
Michael Jacobs

Brian England - oh, well.  I guess I will have to live with your bit of disappointment.  🙃

Feb 29, 2024 04:54 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I totally agree, not all challenges are right for everyone. It is fun to participate when they are, and fine to sit out when they are not. Enjoy the leap day.

Feb 29, 2024 06:27 AM
Michael Jacobs

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Happy Leap Day to you as well.  As the beginning of the new month brings your fabulous new Wayne PA listing for sale to the market - I hope the buyer response to the property blows you away. Figuratively, of course.  🌬

Good luck with your open house event.   

Feb 29, 2024 06:34 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543

We almost got blown away literally last night, not sure what speeds the winds were, but there was a gale blowing around the house. I was glad not to wake up in Wisconsin this morning.

Feb 29, 2024 06:36 AM
Michael Jacobs

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Yikes!  

Feb 29, 2024 10:50 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Love reading your posts Michael. Time marches on for all of us. The thought of retirement (and my next chapter) has been a conversation of late. 

Feb 29, 2024 06:42 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - I appreciate your comment---this one and over the years.  Moving, leaping and jumping of all sorts takes on relevance with the passage of time. 

Feb 29, 2024 06:55 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It seems to be you DID participate by writing a post that you would not be participating. :-) Thank you!

Feb 29, 2024 06:54 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kat Palmiotti - it seems participation includes perception as well as perspective.  Perhaps, pondering plays a part.  Perchance.  Pfft.  Oh well, it is leap day.  It seems I can't wait 'til March 1.  Phew!

Feb 29, 2024 08:51 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- I get exactly what you're saying. Often the deliberation of "to do or not to do" is more weighing on us than the actual "doing" of it!!! I've been there, and once i made my decision, I had a sigh of relief and knew I could move on to something else. . 

And as others have said  (myself included) you always participate by showing that you have read a post and following it with a thoughtful comment. 

Feb 29, 2024 10:53 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - thank you for understanding.  You're right, my sigh of relief was another confirmation of making the right decision.   

I appreciate your kind words in regard to participating even when it's on a different level.     

Feb 29, 2024 03:14 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

We have a sunny day in Maryland and I have a meeting with a landscaper.

Mar 01, 2024 06:20 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - while in SoCal, I am not in Los Angeles County this weekend.  The weather is beautiful where I am, rain is predicted back in the Los Angeles area so I am "safe" from any other precipitation (I hope).   Even though, I'm not that far away.  

Mar 01, 2024 05:59 PM
Roy Kelley

California weather is definitely a news item.

We have a rainy day in Saturday but nothing abnormal.

Mar 02, 2024 10:23 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - for better or/and worse, California garners news.  But so does your Washington DC area too.  Happy Sunday.  

Mar 03, 2024 04:31 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, I was almost shocked you were entering this contest, and sharing personal information!   But, then you didn't.   LOL

Mar 01, 2024 03:15 PM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - as I attempted to put it together, a feeling of angst was apparent.  I couldn't identify the reason.  And when I decided not to complete it, it was as if a weight had been lifted.  Gut instincts, once again, proved to be true.  Maybe I should have consulted you instead.  

Mar 01, 2024 06:01 PM
Joan Cox

You are so funny Michael Jacobs !

Mar 02, 2024 07:32 AM
Michael Jacobs

🙃  Joan Cox   🙃

Mar 02, 2024 10:20 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michael:

Happy March - the month of Spring, Easter and the start of Daylight Saving Time.

There is no requirement for participation here - it's all about what feels right and when, and what's enjoyable to you, as you know...and do. It's all very personal.


Mar 01, 2024 04:57 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jeff Dowler, CRS - thank you for the time change notification in your post today - it is much appreciated.  ⌛

Mar 01, 2024 06:02 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I always seem to begin these monthly challenges with good intentions.  I also missed participating in the February challenge.  Time often gets into mischief, and I am forced to pick and choose what I can be involved with.  I try not to beat myself up over it.

Mar 02, 2024 11:44 AM
Michael Jacobs

Myrl Jeffcoat - some AR challenges seem like a piece of cake.  Others, are not so easy - but that's just me.   Moving onto the next course works just fine for me.  Although I must admit, some angst is often served on the side.  

Mar 02, 2024 04:15 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Michael, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Mar 02, 2024 11:44 AM
Michael Jacobs

Myrl Jeffcoat - thank you for the feature within the OFC group.   I appreciate it.  

Mar 02, 2024 04:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Mar 02, 2024 06:10 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - thank you.  I appreciate it.  

Mar 03, 2024 01:08 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

...so Michael, I kind of think about your pondering. Did you ever hear the song by Dion and the Belmonts...The Wanderer?  You could be The Ponderer...

Mar 03, 2024 07:21 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - while my knowledge of music is limited and maybe a bit tone-deaf, The Wanderer sounds familiar (no pun intended).  I will need to find it to reacquaint myself. 

Mar 03, 2024 09:37 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs,  I understand with no disrespect to the hosts who worked so hard to put together this challenge and read all the entries. I hope the hosts understand I had a very challenging month.

Mar 03, 2024 09:23 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - overall, I feel members and hosts of any of the challenges understand there is life beyond the borders of ActiveRain.  

Mar 03, 2024 09:58 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Michael... Deep Thoughts!  You successfully deconstructed your reasoning about whether or not to enter that contest.  Pondering worked very well and you should sleep well.  But.  There was an initial interest and now I want to prod the REGRETS you've likely had and are not sharing... 😀

Mar 03, 2024 05:35 PM
Michael Jacobs

John Henry, Florida Architect - there are times when going to sleep or restlessness has been a part of my life, but this challenge was not the reason for any of it.  At least, I don't think so.  I did figuratively take a sigh of relief when I ultimately decided the Feb AR challenge was not the right fit for me.

I have been an early riser my entire life, so that's a part of me.  As for regrets beyond that, yes I admit I have them.  And that's unlikely to be revealed here.  

Mar 03, 2024 06:41 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Good morning and a big good for you. I believe regrets are gifts that keep on giving and usually when the gifts are opened, this is not a positive experience.

Mar 04, 2024 07:35 AM
Michael Jacobs

Leanne Smith - Happy Monday.  The dictionary definition of regrets is an interesting one. A feeling of sadness or a disappointment over something that has happened or has been done especially a loss or missed opportunity. 

With that in mind, I look at regrets as a life lesson.  I believe there are many regrets that are earned over the years.   Perspective has a part. 

Mar 04, 2024 08:10 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I did not participate. I have no physical vision board to share...I considered attempting to participate but found I am quite lacking in the goals department. I seem to have settled in and no longer strive for much more than comfort and happiness wherever I can get it. 

I do enjoy and look forward to anything you write.

So is this post claiming not to participate, actually a participation? 

Mar 07, 2024 11:58 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - no participation and no points.   Also, no movie was provided with this post as you likely noticed.  😃

Mar 07, 2024 12:01 PM
Sharon Tara

Michael Jacobs  "no movie"   HaHa. LOVE the reference.

Mar 11, 2024 08:20 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - I am glad you appreciated the reference.  📽🎬🙈  My salute of sorts to the Academy Awards.  

Mar 11, 2024 09:21 AM