Lessons I Have Learned In The Last 30 Days

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Lesson One:

Minutes and even mere seconds can make the difference in BIG ways. On the way home from a very short trip to the store last Sunday afternoon we decided to stop- no wait! - we even turned around, to go to a small produce stand and pick up 2 tomatoes for dinner later. Moments later, and only a few hundred yards away, I was rear ended by a truck traveling at least 55 mph who neglected to see that I was stopped to make that left turn into my subdivision. His awareness came too late, 30 feet of skid marks and he ran out of time and so did I. The worst thing is that I seen it coming in my rear view mirror, and there was nothing that I could do to stop it.

All week I have been in constant pain, and thinking back to wondering if the 2 tomatoes were really worth it all. Which got me to thinking about the next lesson.

Lesson Two:

We don't NEED even half as much as we think we do. We are a very spoiled society. The day before my accident, the gas pumps dried up here in Dawsonville, and much of the metro Atlanta area as well. It's all anyone is talking about. It's constantly on the news. There is no gas, gas stations are empty, or lines are 1-3 hours wait time and they run out for the unfortunate ones who waited the longest. People are camping out at stations hoping a delivery will come soon. And not that I really felt like cruising around anyway, this has really taught me that we can really make it without! All of a sudden, people are flooding the rideshare lines in search of people to ride to work with. People are arriving at public transit stations at 3 and 4am to get a parking spot and a seat on the bus or metro rail. All of a sudden, we can make dinner at home with what we have, and it's ok that we don't have garlic bread with dinner. We don't really need to make that trip to the store to pick up small things that we thought we couldn't do without.

I think I'll be working at home alot more until this crises has past us. But everyday I am thankful that I am learning that things that we think are so important really are not sometimes. I'm learning to appreciate what I have, right here at home. I'm learning to improvise, and be creative. And you know what? It's kinda fun!

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Richard Shuman
The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts - Lake Mary, FL
Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals

YES, we are a very spoiled society. Why not? My kids are Spoiled. Spoiled good, not Spoiled Brats.

But I do agree - we can live with less!!!

Sep 29, 2008 12:48 AM #1
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

A few seconds can change all of our lives forever. Bam and its done. Appreciate what we have in terms of time and possessions. We can all take a little more time to reflect!

Sep 29, 2008 12:53 AM #2
South Austin Real Estate Blog
Sky Realty South Austin - Austin, TX

Living outside the metro area we don't have a Supermarket very close, 10miles away I guess, and that is about 20minutes in normal times. so a trip to the market is an hour, time there, time to shop for the quick item I forgot and time to checkout then back home.  Not something I am willing to do on a moments notice.  Much easier to plan as much ahead and make that marketing trip in conjuction with another trip to town.  Good for you for working it out to your benefit.  I doubt the accident had anything to do with your tomato stop.  :)   He was just a careless driver not paying attention.  I hope you get well very quickly without any lasting results.

Sep 29, 2008 12:55 AM #3
Steve Homer
The HBH Group (Keller Williams affiliate) - Round Rock, TX

Kimberly:  The next few years may teach some hard lessons to all of us.  Unfortunately, they will not be easy lessons.  We used to laugh at those older folks, raised in the Great Depression because they were packrats, hoarders and the like.  We may have to learn to live like that as well and soon.

Sep 29, 2008 12:57 AM #4
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Bad Timing shows it self in many ways, I'm glad to hear you were not hurt worse than you were good luck on your recovery. I agree if we buy one less thing will be better off. Steve

Sep 29, 2008 01:01 AM #5
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Agent - Rebecca Skane, Realtor®, e-PRO®
Keller Williams Coastal Realty - Portsmouth, NH

I am asorry about the gas situation.  I don't understand why we have gas up here in the north while you suffer without.  We must be getting it from elsewhere.

I am glad you weren't hurt too badly in the car wreck.

Sep 29, 2008 01:17 AM #6
Pamela Elder
Gaines Realty - Inman, SC

Yes life can change in an instant. Be thankful everyday..

Take Care


Sep 29, 2008 01:26 AM #7
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Hope you are feeling better and that you will make a quick recovery.  Sometimes we learn one of life's lessons when we least expect it.

Sep 29, 2008 01:44 AM #8
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Here's to you and a quick recovery.  These moments seem to readjust us to the core of our being.  Blessings to you.

Sep 29, 2008 01:48 AM #9
Kimberly Luna
Panama City Beach, FL

Thanks Everyone for the support! What a Great Community! I love AR!

Sep 30, 2008 10:53 PM #10
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