WOW - I thought this was worthy of sharing

Real Estate Sales Representative with Realty Executives Gulf Coast


Last spring I was walking in a park. A short distance ahead of me was a mom and her three-year-old daughter. The little girl was holding on to a string that was attached to a helium balloon.

All of a sudden, a sharp gust of wind took the balloon from the little girl. I braced myself for some screaming and crying.

But, no! As the little girl turned to watch her balloon go skyward, she gleefully shouted out, "Wow!

I didn't realize it at that moment, but that little girl taught me something.

Later that day, I received a phone call from a person with news of an unexpected problem. I felt like responding with "Oh no, what should we do?" But remembering that little girl, I found myself saying, "Wow, that's interesting! How can I help you?"

One thing's for sure - life's always going to keep us off balance with its unexpected problems. That's a given. What's not preordained is our response. We can choose to be frustrated or fascinated.

No matter what the situation, a fascinated "Wow!" will always beat a frustrated "Oh, no."

So the next time you experience one of life's unexpected gusts, remember that little girl and make it a "Wow!" experience. The "Wow!" response always works.

Rob Gilbert
Editor of "Bits & Pieces"


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Pam Lorange
Windermere Van Vleet - Ashland, OR
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Wow! I love that story! I am the managing broker of my office and I have been working very hard at keeping my agents "positive".  If you don't mind, I am going to share this story with my agents. When I first made the rule of "nothing negative" in our office meetings I got som nay sayers.  They said "we need to be able to discuss problems with each other". So, I made the rule that they could ask for advice from other agents on an issue they faced as long as they presented it as an "opportunity" and could phrase it in a positive tone.  Thanks for the new word! "Wow!"

Oct 21, 2008 08:33 AM #1
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hi, Lacie

   We invite you back to ActiveRain.  Log in, leave some comments, write a blog post!

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