May the sun always shine in your face and wind always be at your back. May the sun never set on an unhappy event in your life and may it never rain on your parade.
Wouldn't this be a wonderful way to live our lives? Always sunny weather. Never any hardship or stife.
I know I would love it. Or would I? Would I then never appreciate the good times? Would they become so mundane that they would be second nature to me and go unnoticed?
I remember several years back, while visiting a very good friend of mine. She and her husband lived in Sarasota, FL. And on an island no less. Wonderful memories of our visits with them. Any way, my wife and I were jogging one beautiful winter morning. The reason that I mention winter is for those who have not visited Florida in the Winter, you don't know what you are missing. Warm, dry, sunny weather. Love it.
Anyway, back to the rest of the story. We were passing an old man and as is our MO we always say good morning to everyone we meet. He looked at us and didn't say a word. We said a few more words to him. They were, "isn't this a beautiful place? The ocean here to our left, the causeway here to our right. Beautiful sunshine above. What could be better?" His response was somewhat surprising. He said to us, "That ocean looks no more like water to me than a plowed farmers field in fall. I see it everyday and I am so used to it that I don't notice it anymore."
How sad. Living in paradise and he thinks it's not better than a farmers plowed field.
This story has so many valuable lessons for me and if you think about the story, for you as well.
For those of us who have been in the Real Estate Profession for many years, you have experienced the sun shine. You have experienced the good times. Now, times, they are a changin. We need to change with them. But, I promise each and everyone of you who make the commitment to change with our times, that the sun will shine again. That the wind will once again be at your back and that the rain will never fall upon your face. And I promise, you will appreciate those times much more than in the past.
We all need reality to set in from time to time. This is that reality check.
Take care and A HAPPY ST. PATTY'S DAY TO ALL OF YOU.