Why "A View" Matters

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Today I had the priveledge of having a transaction go South. I usually am a glass half full kind of girl but today my glass seemed especially full.

I live in CT and drove up to Massachusetts to drive my mom to Dana Farber Cancer Institute for her monthly chemo treatment for ovarian cancer. This is because she fell and broker her hip 12 days ago and can't drive herself. As we entered the waiting area, she wanted me to look across the street at the new building that will house more space for DFCI (Dana Farber Cancer Institute) docs and patients. As I looked across (I am always interested in new construction...aren't all REALTORs?) the street I could see the huge steel beams that will eventually become the foundation, structure and integrity of that building of hope. On each beam...there are names of boys and girls that are undergoing treatment for childhood cancers. They are all in neon green, pink, yello and orange...the really bright colors. My mom told me the kids get to watch as a lift heads up to write the name...so they can see it while they are getting their treatment.

As we were driving home, our attorney called to tell me contracts weren't going to be coming back for one of the condos in a development I represent. The buyer is too nervous to be "first" and is "concerned about the builder in this market" etc. etc. etc. I thanked her and said, obviously it wasn't meant to be. I'll just have to go find another buyer! If I had received that call yesterday, my "view" might not have been as neon colored as it should be every single day! So make it great, make it yours and be accountable for every minute...whether it is with family, clients, colleagues or friends.


Comments (4)

Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

You are right....some times those neon messages help us put things in perspective!

Mar 12, 2009 02:00 PM
Bob Foster
Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario - Belleville, ON

Hi Mary. I wish we could have that kind of perspective all the time. We would enjoy life far more if we could stay focused on the things that really matter.

Mar 12, 2009 02:04 PM
Marlene Bridges
Village Real Estate Services, Inc. - Laguna Hills, CA
Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate

Hi Mary Beth - It's an honor to meet you here on AR.  After reading your poignant post, I had to subscribe to your blog before I could comment.  Thanks for the great reminder of how perspective is everything.  May the God of all hope be with you and your Mom as you journey together in this new and different chapter of your lives.

Mar 12, 2009 02:04 PM
Gary McNinch
Better Properties Real Estate - Renton, WA
Broker, Renton WA Real Estate

Thanks Mary Beth  -  We'll be praying for your mom and for the kids too.  We are fighting cancer at our house and it puts lots of other things in perspective.  Some things matter more than others, thanks for pointing that out for all of us.

List and Sell (and work to kick cancer's butt)   Gary @ RentonHomeFinder.com

Mar 12, 2009 06:23 PM