Forrest Gump - A Metaphor for Realtors

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Real Estate Agent with Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Well I just finished watching Forrest Gump -again!...And couldn't help thinking about what kind of lessons we as Realtors could learn from Forrest!

 

  *On Life and Clients?  I think my favorite line of all was "My Mama used to say...'Life is like a Box of Chocolates'...you never know which one you're gonna get!"

Some are your tried and true favorites; some are 'one bite only tasters'.. some just make you break out in the morning :-( and some are just plain del-ici-ous!

 

*On  Shoes - My mama always used to say "you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes - where they've been ...where they're gonna go.."(You gotta love them shoes, always did think they said a lot about a person - AND - Realtor..:-)              

*On  Identity:  Jenny: "Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you're gonna be?" Forrest Gump:  "Who I'm gonna be?"  Jenny: Yeah.  Forrest Gump: Aren't,  I going to be me?(Who are you trying to be?  Try being yourself!)

 

*On Running & Taking it One Day at A Time:  Run Forrest Run

That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going. When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go... you know... (You just start! Then you take one step, then the next)

*On going through Crap & Coming up with Slogans:  [running after Forrest]" Hey man! Hey listen, I was wondering if you might help me. 'Cause I'm in the bumper sticker business and I've been trying to think of a good slogan, and since you've been such a big inspiration to the people around here I thought you might be able to help me jump into - WOAH! Man, you just ran through a big pile of dog shit!
Forrest Gump: It happens.
Bumper Sticker guy: What, shit?
Forrest Gump: Sometimes.   

 

 *It's Not Always Fair:  Jenny throws several rocks at her former home and then collapses in tears.  Forrest Gump:  "Sometimes I guess there just aren't enough rocks".

 

*What will we remember? "You know it's funny what a young man recollects? 'Cause I don't remember bein' born. I don't recall what I got for my first Christmas and I don't know when I went on my first outdoor picnic. But I do remember the first time I heard the sweetest voice in the wide world."(Oh the thing we get caught up with and cause us grief....after all is said and done, what really counts?)

 

 *Forrest Gump: [Forrest narrating] Jenny taught me how to climb. And I taught her how to dangle. (Like the Group here at Active Rain :-)

                                                                                        

 *On FaithLieutenant Daniel Taylor: "Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?
Forrest Gump: I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for Him, sir."

 

*"Stupid is as stupid does" - Need I say more? 

*Bus bench Conversations -

(Not that many of us take buses anymore - but starting conversations just about anywhere - people love to talk about real estate!)  

*On Getting on with it:  Forrest Gump: "My mama always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on. "(What happened yesterday is over.......unless you Choose to put it in your future!) 

*On Perspective:  Jenny : "Were you scared in Vietnam?" Forrest Gump: "Yes. Well, I-I don't know. Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out... and then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. There was always a million sparkles on the water... like that mountain lake. It was so clear, Jenny, it looked like there were two skies one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up, I couldn't tell where heaven stopped and the earth began. It's so beautiful."  (It doesn't matter what the circumstances - perspective can change everything!)

 

*On the Meaning of Life:   Forrest Gump:  I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floatin' around accidental-like on a breeze.

 But I, I think maybe it's both, maybe both happening at the same time.

  

 Forrest Gump: That's all I have to say about that...:-)

 

 

  

                                             

 

If you or someone you know is thinking of Buying or Selling property in Chilliwack, Hope, Abbotsford, Langley or anywhere in the Fraser Valley Area of B.C. - or if you would like more information please give Liz  Moras of Landmark Realty Chilliwack a call at- 604-799-0459 or e-mail at lizmoras@gmail.com.     

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Virginia - I'm already taking it on!  grin - thanks fo the encouragement

May 21, 2008 01:15 PM
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Gary Woltal
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Liz, all right one more tidbit and I'll leave your post alone. Can you tell, I kinda like this movie? The beginning of the movie with the floating feather and the end of the movie with the floating feather and the great theme music, that to me is the moral of the whole story, other than be an unconditional love friend in life. It was what Forrest concluded about life either being a destiny or accidental, kinda floating around - maybe it is both. This is my conclusion too. Some things you can control, others you can't. You can definitely decide which kind of toothpaste to brush your teeth with in the morning. But figuring out your destiny? As Mama says, you're just going to have to figure that one out yourself. I'm glad my feather in life Liz blew over to your little place in the world there in British Columbia. My world is better for it. If you do a part II and you don't see any comments from me, email me that it has been published and I'll get right over and read it. Don't think that people don't appreciate what you do. Cause I sure do.

May 21, 2008 02:19 PM
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Gary...:-)  You made my day! What a sweet sweet comment.  And I was feeling a little bluesy...I get that way too often sometimes.....I have these moments of awakening and then at other times I lose my focus.........I spend way to much time in the past and future and let the 'now' so often passme by.  Thats what I love so much about YOUR posts Gary....they always help me refocus....bring me to the 'present' 'presence' and 'presents'....You're one of those special 'presents'......Thank you....

ps I love the feather ......and all that represents...

May 21, 2008 08:02 PM
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Liz - Thanks for sharing Forrest's simple wisdoms on life.  He sure gets right to the heart of things.

May 21, 2008 10:51 PM
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Lynn:  They are simple wisdoms aren't they....I'm thinking I might post this on my bulletin board - to remind me...I have to say the movie had more of an impact on me this time then all the other times.........right frame of mind I guess....sometimes we're more receptive to the lessons then other times!

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