Against The River

Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

There are times in our day where we feel like we are swimming up stream. The task at hand looks daunting, the end seems so far away. But if you push the finish from your mind and focus only on the beginning, your outlook should become more optimistic. Just as the salmon begin their long journey at the mouth of the river or the baby begins to crawl before walking, beginning a task brings you closer to your goal.

Rushing river



James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
2010 - 2011 SNEC-ASHI President
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JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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Michael Thornton
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297

Good morning, James. I could dig having a kayak on that river. Cool!!!

May 11, 2011 06:48 AM #1
Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Great outlook James. The first step truly is the hardest. Love your analogy.

May 11, 2011 06:48 AM #2
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Jim, for what we are trying to do in today's market, that water seems like a little trickle in a stream. Perseverance is a must.

May 11, 2011 07:12 AM #3
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

I appreciate your post. You are right, failing to begin a task will NOT get you closer to the goal. - David

May 11, 2011 07:16 AM #4
Peter Schattenfield
Turning Point Estate Services LLC - Wilton, CT
Estate Dissolution and Preparation (203)388-8092 CT.

James, This shot reminds of Great Falls. I grew up walking distance from the park on the Maryland side.

May 11, 2011 07:25 AM #5
Bob Jakowinicz
National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz - Livonia, MI
734-578-6561 - Michigan Real Estate Agent

Just getting back from a whitewater rafting and kayaking trip that looks all to familiar.  One step/stroke at a time

May 11, 2011 07:59 AM #6
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Wow, here you are taking pictures of Great Falls in Virginia and you don't even stop by.

What am I to think?

May 11, 2011 08:12 AM #7
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Very prophetic my friend. And a heck of a good photo too. Keep 'em coming!

May 11, 2011 09:39 AM #8
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

You must have made too much noise, all the salmon are hiding.

May 11, 2011 10:05 AM #9
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC


That looks like it could be over here. I have salmon spawning grounds on my place up on the Entiat River. To think those creatures have traveled so far against the odds and the gauntlet is really amazing. It is all about perseverance. Without the first step the end can never be acheived.

May 11, 2011 11:00 AM #10
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mr James,

That is so deep and philosophical that I am swooning.


May 11, 2011 11:17 AM #11
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jim, hey---I know that place :)

@Michael, they actually do not allow rafting and kayaking through those falls---somebody gets killed there almost every year.  It is actually even more awesome than the picture shows.

May 11, 2011 11:37 AM #12
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Michael, That looks like some rough water for boating :)

Randy, Thanks.

Ed, Perseverance is always important.

David, You can't finish without first beginning.

Peter, Never been, but if it looks like this shot, it must be beautiful.

Bob, Sounds like fun.

Jay, Sorry :( Actually this way further west.

Craig, I will do my best.

Robert, I was hoping to see some, but did not.

Don, That shot is from out your way.

Nutsy, You shouldn't be drinking early in the morning.

Charlie, I thought you would :)

May 13, 2011 07:56 AM #13
Karen Pierce
Karen Pierce | Housing Counselor |Oregon - Medford, OR

Well said and depicted, Jim. Very applicable analogy to my work as a housing counselor, and appropos here in the Pacific Northwest! :-)

May 14, 2011 11:52 AM #14
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Karen, Thanks, the shot is from your side of the country.

May 15, 2011 10:28 AM #15
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