Don't be IMPAIRED by imperfect PEAR-INGS!

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I was over at my family's home, and my stepfather was running to the grocery store and asked if I wanted anything.  I thought that making a lunch with light feta cheese, 2 bartlett pairs and spot of honey would be divine.  So, listing light feta and the 2 bartletts (honey in house), he went on his way.  He started feeling ill from a new medicine he is taking, so he shortened his trip at the store.  I got the pear pair, but no feta!  Well, now this couture lunch had become cockamamy.  I decided to see what cheese was in the fridge.  My mother had bags with crude names like "Taco Cheese," and "Mexican Cheese."  Perfect for an easy addition to fajitas, but not a good match for my pear.  Then I found a bag of shredded aged parmesan.  Oui oui!  It wasn't the norm, but why not try heating some parmesan over the well-chopped pear?  What a delightful surprise!  Yes, I'd still prefer the feta, but the parmesan added a different kick and was really enjoyable.  I'd make it again!  

 

What does this have to do with anything, you ask?  Sometimes we clamor for the perfect accompaniment.  In business, perhaps you think, "If I could add this person to my team, sales would soar," or "Getting XYZ Brand to Co-sponsor my fundraiser would add the right level of cache to escalate how consumers' view our company."  With community it may read, "Sara knows so many people in our area, she would be so influential of ABC Charity's board of directors," or "Mitch is so handsome and charismatic, if we could convince him to speak at our fundraiser meeting, I know more people would be on board."  With family our thoughts may say, "I know Angie wants to study violin but her chances for getting a scholarship are better if she sticks with volleyball," or "My husband has lost his mind!  Why does he think it's a good idea to invite those neighbors over for dinner?  Do you know what Mrs. Cravitz said she saw them doing last week?"  

 

Does it sound silly or ring true?  Come on, at some point or another you fancied something as one way and it turned out completely different.  My pastor has shared stories about applying for law school but changing his mind and pursuing further education to go into ministry.  The skill set he he saw fit for persuading jurors, is now used to disciple.  What if that top candidate doesn't accept the job offer?  Maybe your B-pick has two years less experience but desires to prove themselves capable and thus excels.  

Sound like apples to oranges?  Nah.  There's relevance.  We all envision something as "just right" and sometimes it just doesn't happen.  Maybe your date cancelled last minute but while you were at home, you get a phone call from the person who later is your spouse.  What if so-and-so couldn't care less about your fundraiser but you learn that your co-chairs' aunt is a local reporter and would love to help.  Perhaps your daughter does insist on taking violin, and later a college review board finds her to be the kind of well-rounded student they need and offer her a merit scholarship.  Things don't always happen as our "perfect pairing," but turn out to be just right.  Is there something you had your sights on that turned out differently?  Put aside your initial disappointment and consider the possibilities.  

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Lori Isaacson
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I love this piece. It is soooo important to be flexible. Most people are so fast to Judge or criticize. I think this really makes one think about how change and flexibility helps in all aspects of life. I love the way you wrote this. Thanks for the great read.

Happy Monday!!

Lori

Oct 20, 2008 07:51 AM #1
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Audrey Hoffman
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Lori--Thanks so much for the kind words!  Always good to hear something I wrote impacted another :)

Oct 20, 2008 08:23 AM #2
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Wendy Timmons
Move Home Realty - Temecula, CA
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Audrey- That was a great post! Thanks for sharing :)

Oct 20, 2008 11:30 AM #3
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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
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Audrey,There are just those times where we think one thing and God has another plan; isn't there.

Good to see you back.  So you must still be in South Carolina.  Our daughter is kind of moving back she is going to be commuting; so home one week out of the month.

Oct 20, 2008 02:27 PM #4
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Lanette Branch
RE/MAX Components - Fallston, MD
Bel Air, MD REALTOR

Hi Audrey!

So someone's been moving your cheese, huh?  I always look forward to reading your posts; welcome back, again!

Oct 20, 2008 03:40 PM #5
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA
I've missed you! Nice post!! So glad you're back playing in the rain.
Oct 20, 2008 03:43 PM #6
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Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

Nice post on how Gods mysterious ways can be a source of hidden blessings.....

=-)

Keep them coming...... I like your style!!

Oct 22, 2008 03:34 AM #7
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Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
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So glad to hear from the "real" Stager Girl!!! LOVE your posts!

Oct 22, 2008 03:41 AM #8
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Emma Vargas
Simply Staging - Cameron Park, CA
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Your post fits my motto perfectly "things happen for a reason" so when they don't go your way, its because it wasn't part of the master plan. When I look back at some of the things that I really wanted to happen and didn't happen, it turns out they were really little blessings in disguise. So, yes, don't take it too hard when things don't go your way. Great post! It should inspire a lot of us out there to make the best of what you've got.
Oct 22, 2008 04:50 AM #9
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Audrey Hoffman
VoteAudrey blog - Columbia, SC
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Wendy - Thanks for reading!

Marchel - Glad ya'll will get more quality time :)

Lanette - Clever :) I am but I'll be back up there soon!

 

Oct 22, 2008 12:13 PM #10
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Audrey Hoffman
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Cathy - Thank you --always fun here with my fellow stagers!

Alexander - So true and many thanks, always good to get a pat on the back

Elaine - One and only! 

Oct 22, 2008 12:24 PM #11
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Kym Hough
www.Staged-to-Sell - Danville, CA
Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA

hi Audrey I am with you. I really love mixing up different pillows on a bed or a sofa. I don't keep my accessories in buckets together they actually go back on shelves each time they return to our warehouse so we can pick and choose for every staging. Takes more time but our houses are always fresh and new that way. We are the same with our bedding. We dont always use the same pillows bedskirts accessories. We mix it up, turn it up and do something different almost everytime. It keeps it fun and interesting to us and our Realtors are never bored. Kym

PS our signature is PEARS!!!

Oct 22, 2008 03:42 PM #12
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Audrey Hoffman
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Emma - Absolutely!  Sometimes we are far better off when things don't go how we think they should

Kym - How PEAR-FECT!

Oct 23, 2008 01:54 AM #13
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