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Being thankful for the little things

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Every day I wake up I am grateful, I do not take it for granted as I age becoming more aware of all there is to be grateful for. With all the political news, international disasters and wars, national troubles, challenges in our business with the changes due to the NAR settlement and now the DOJ through one of their lawyers saying they want no offers of compensation anywhere from listing brokers to buyer agents.

So, it is good to take a moment to just be thankful for the little things. The smell of your morning coffee, the light as the sun comes up, the sighting of a bald eagle. Enjoying the plants that are growing in your yard, the air you are breathing right now and now and now....

It is easy to allow yourself to become overwhelmed with all the negative. But seeing the light, and funny side of life is a way to lift the clouds and see the sun. I always like flying on a cloudy day, as you rise through the cloud level, there is the sun. It is always there, even on a cloudy day and it is good to remind yourself of that on a dark and rainy day that above the clouds the sun is still shining. There are periods and seasons and time passes and things change.

We cannot always have flat seas and smooth sailing, sometimes you encounter a storm and some waves, but you are resilient, and if needed you can ask for help, I am sure there are people only too willing to help you through a storm.

It is good to remember people are inherently good and will often come to the aid of those in need. Take a moment to ask yourself if you are seeing the clouds and missing the sun and as a result missing those little things that are worth being thankful for every day.

Stop for a moment or longer and think about what and who you have to be thankful for right now, a spouse, family, children, grand-children, friends, having food in the fridge, a book to read, your sight, your sense of smell....see there is so much, it only takes a moment to change your view. Listen to some happy music and lift your soul.

Enjoy your day.

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Nick Vandekar
Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

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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

Nick, Another reason why Larry and I try to catch as many sunsets as possible. No two are alike and we are amazed at everyone we get to enjoy!

May 22, 2024 02:02 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Nick:

What a thoughtful reminder about being grateful for what we have in our lives. It can be easy to forget about the little things in the midst of larger, looming issues, or when things may not be going as well as we would like.


May 22, 2024 02:13 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

A beautiful reminder, Nick.  We really are never alone - there are good people out there.  I am very thanksful as well for the good in life.  

May 22, 2024 04:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

What an uplifting post, Nick!!!  After this last week, thinking of all the things we did have kept me going. We have to take the time to appreciate the little things because they can add up to something really big. 

May 22, 2024 05:22 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some days, just waking up and not having any new pains is enough, After that its all  positive.

May 22, 2024 07:20 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  loved your post and funny we have two  bird of paradise bushes in our backyard so I can relate to the illustration of your point, Endre

May 22, 2024 11:10 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Nick... loved starting my day with your wonderful post. This sentence especially stood out to me: "It is good to remember people are inherently good and will often come to the aid of those in need." I've been reminded of this daily as people find out I'm having a hip replaced in about 10 days. So many offers of help from so many people.

May 23, 2024 03:50 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The world is certainly a mess and probably always will be, so it is important for us to enjoy the little things around us as much as possible, haha.

May 23, 2024 05:22 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 a perfect reason.

Jeff Dowler, CRS it is always good to remind ourselves of what there is to be grateful for.

Cara Marcelle Mancuso I am glad to hear that, well done.

Kathy Streib I like that, the little things can add up to something really big!

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 sometimes it is waking up and not having any new pains ;)


May 23, 2024 06:00 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Endre Barath, Jr. they are such a happy, and strange looking plant.

Nina Hollander, Broker I know all will go well and it is good you are getting some support as well. 

Brian England I totally agree.


May 23, 2024 06:02 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - Until this moment, I never saw a yellow Bird of Paradise. Your photo is gorgeous!!! 

Besides the Bird of Paradise, your post is packed with good information about celebrating life to its fullest. 

In the spirit of friendship to colleagues and friends, sail on! Find the light!

May 23, 2024 07:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your observations and advice. It is very easy to become depressed when seeing the current events.

May 23, 2024 08:46 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you, I know you are enjoying your own sail.

Roy Kelley that is true, but we can fight it by seeing the things around us to be grateful for every day.

May 23, 2024 10:17 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Nick. The world has been tossed into chaos with the current administration lack of understanding. The U.S. has been downgraded as a world power given their policies and approach. My current home state has clueless leadership. My current city has a moron for a mayor. I can't solve any of it. I can move to another city which I am in the process of doing. I can wake up to the smell of morning coffee. I can control what I do and adapt to what is going on around me. Understanding what I can control and what I cannot make life so much easier. Enjoy your day.

May 25, 2024 04:56 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Wayne Martin there is always something we can be grateful for each and every day, we just have to take time and find it.

May 25, 2024 09:40 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Good morning Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 Gratitude is at the top of my list,  Grateful for every day.   We have to appreciate the little things.

May 26, 2024 03:21 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

For nearly 40 years , I have planted quite a bit of Perennials . I love to see them return year after year !

May 26, 2024 07:19 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I always fall back on my favorite saying: Life is good!

And, yes, it is good.

May 27, 2024 08:15 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Thank you for your beautiful words and inspiration. It is so important to find the beauty in our lives each day.

Jun 01, 2024 06:23 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Elyse Berman, PA whenever I look at our dog I am reminded to live in the moment, not the past or the future.

Michael J. Perry the delight of perennials, they just take a while to get established sometimes but after that are wonderful.

John Juarez yes, life is good I agree.

Joyce Marsh I was listening to something yesterday about finding what you seek, if you seek negativity you will find it, the choice is to seek positivity and gratitude instead.

Jun 12, 2024 08:03 AM