No rants, no facts, just a bit of heart.

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina

Nostalgia can be timely.

Being your own worst enemy is never easy.  Tilting your head to your shoulder in obscurity rarely beckons greatness or allows ourselves and others to understand the world in which we live.

At an early age, I wanted to be able to write something that explained everything.  Call it an egotistical way of looking at things and thinking I may know more than the next guy or gal... yet I watched the others for years and found them ridiculous.  Shortly thereafter, I looked in the mirror and found much of the same.

I believe in a higher power and know it's not me. 

Tired am I of settling for an imperfect world.  Tired am I of settling for anything.  Each day I see and hear folks who are hurting.  Some I can help, some I can't.  If you are still seeing reading, in case you are still following these words I type... I work in the Mortgage Industry.  It's funny, some people used to get dates by saying that.  Me, I always garnered a gal's attention by professing my astute knowledge of molecular biology and generational physics.  None the less, you tell someone you work in Real Estate these days... they tend to gasp and hand you a token for a local Arcade.

My favorite piece of curriculum when I went to College was 'Humanity'.  Imagine that.  Heck, I think we need more of it.  While I personally love making money and paying my bills and being able to afford luxury expenses... all that seems to miss the major point of this gig called life.  I'll drop tears for those who are less fortunate in a 'Capitalistic sort of way'... and I'll drop a bomb on those who are so self-centered that they don't give a rat's beady ass about anything other than their portfolio of power.  At the same time, we make our beds and should sleep in them.

Yes, we live in interesting times.  Yes, it is difficult for a lot of folks.  And yes, it comes down to money... follow it and you will know the drill.  But I assure you that the drill isn't you or us.  We are more than that.  When we figure that out, we'll probably be dead and in another place.  Sorry for the morbid thought, but I think it may reign true.

We live life one moment at a time, one second of a minute, and one day of our calender year.  You want answers to the economical turmoil going on right now... it's probably in your heart!?!  Hire folks that care.  Hire folks that consider you more than a paycheck.  Hire Real Estate Professionals that not only know their chosen craft, but know your human goals. 

My worst enemy has been myself.  Despite letting few in, I let so much out.  Trust is hard to come by these days, especially when desperation seems rampant.  I will tell you what, to any and every consumer still reading... there are good folks around here who are making an honest living.  The trepidation doesn't surprise me, it actually resonates quite well.  I'll do best for you and I expect nothing less than for you to return the favor.  In the end, when we bask in our own humanity, we trust what is right.  Beauty is in the eyes of the bolder... we'll be fine as long as we remain true to us.

When I die, I want one thing and one thing only.  I want to leave whatever part of the world I affected... a better place.  Screw perception though, I just want the truth.

To one of the greatest poems in popular music, I jest... read and think.  More than that, relax.   

'Cold hearted orb that rules the night
Removes the colors from our sight.
Red is grey and yellow white,
But we decide which is right.
And which is an illusion?
Pinprick holes in a colorless sky,
Let insipid figures of light pass by,
The mighty light of ten thousand suns,
Challenges infinity and is soon gone.
Night time, to some a brief interlude,
To others the fear of solitude.
Brave helios wake up your steeds,
Bring the warmth the countryside needs.

Breathe deep the gathering gloom,
Watch lights fade from every room.
Bedsitter people look back and lament,
Another day's useless energy spent.
Impassioned lovers wrestle as one,
Lonely man cries for love and has none.
New mother picks up and suckles her son,
Senior citizens wish they were young.

'Cold hearted orb that rules the night
Removes the colors from our sight.
Red is grey and yellow white,
But we decide which is right.
And which is an illusion?

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Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

Yep! Fwa! I'm parked and I'm not moving until I get it ;-)

Seriously, this is very heartfelt and it reflects the angst we all feel about the publics misunderstanding of the good people (US!) who serve our industry. You want humanity? Just take a look at those still standing. So many of us are truly suffering and while we know we can go back to previous professions or simply throw in the towel - we continue to churn out another days futility work because we genuinely want to help people make their dreams a reality. THAT is humanity. And I wish the freaking media would shut the hell up about gloom and doom and tell that story.

p.s. I don't make my bed and neither do you. Besides, who wants to sleep anyway?

Oct 03, 2008 10:13 PM #4
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
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Only you could discuss "higher power" and end with some Moody Blues...I am impressed and we are always more than "the drill!

Oct 04, 2008 04:33 AM #5
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Tom Burris
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Jennifer, I think you will need as much wine as Jason had to 'get it'

 

Oct 04, 2008 05:24 AM #6
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Neal Bloom
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Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Don't worry...be happy!

Oct 04, 2008 08:47 AM #7
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Jason Sardi
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Jennifer - Well put and I will be writing about the closing I had yesterday and the upcoming one next week.  People need to be informed and educated, no lousy sales pitch or empty promises... it seems trust is something our industry has to earn back.  And about the media, just give me a talk show;-)

Russell - Yes we are.  I've been a staunch fan of the Moody Blues since I first read their lyrics.  Prose is muy importante to me.

Tom - Wine?  I'm a beer guy.  Though, I suppose the 'buzz' is different.  Listen smart alleck, do you 'get it'?:-)

Neal - Thank you Mr. Mcferrin

Oct 04, 2008 11:30 AM #8
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I had a lady come to my office the other day who yelled at me for causing "the mortgage meltdown". Wow..I had no idea I was so powerful. Good blog..as usual.

Melissa

Oct 04, 2008 01:36 PM #9
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Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate
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It is great to have perception and insight... and a deeper understanding... or think we do sometimes :  )  Thanks for your insight !

Oct 04, 2008 02:09 PM #10
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Jason Sardi
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Melissa - There is much angst in our Country right now, we need to remember that.  If you are the cause of all this, you better be living in a mansion William Randolph Hearst would envy;-)

Christopher and Stephanie - And thanks for stopping by to share in its brilliance uniqueness levity me being me.

Oct 04, 2008 05:55 PM #11
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Sandra Cummings
William Raveis Real Estate - Guilford, CT
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"I want to leave whatever part of the world I affected... a better place" Haven't you done that already?

Oct 04, 2008 07:13 PM #12
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Jason Sardi
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No, not yet.

Oct 04, 2008 07:42 PM #13
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Sarah Eubanks
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Hey Jason,  Sad to say that we can only undo what others have done one person at a time.  Sucks how the media can demolish an entire industry with the same recirculated crud of "the sky is falling" in one fell swoop.  But...we cannot fix it as fast.  Good post.

Oct 04, 2008 09:15 PM #14
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Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

Hi baby :)

Oct 04, 2008 11:24 PM #15
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Alexsandra Stewart
Remax equity group - Portland, OR
Broker - Portland Oregon Real Estate

Jason -- I've always liked the thought that when I die there'll be one more child to carry on. . . I'm convinced that we do make a diference - by the way each of us lives and by the things - stuff -- we fight for. Believe that I've influenced a few people positively -- believe you have too.  Think there is much humanity in our fields - and frustrated by the media, and crap out there too.  Am currently enjoying this -- hope you do too.

 

Oct 05, 2008 02:48 AM #16
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Sarah - I'm more than ready to do what needs to be done.  I understand the angst, I don't blame them.  We need to step up to the proverbial plate and take one for the home team.

Hi Sweetheart!

Alexsandra - I love how you spell your name by the way:-)  A 'Killers' reference... WOW!  I'm very impressed, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.  Very relevant, very damn good.

Oct 05, 2008 04:43 AM #17
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John MacArthur
Century 21 New Millennium - Washington, DC
Licensed Maryland/DC Realtor, Metro DC Homes

Jason - we are mere farmers, tilling different fields. the day workers have come and gone. the fruit remains on the vine. at season's end, the harvest will occur. we do not pick because hungry mouths wait. we pick because we are mere farmers. it is what we do.

Oct 05, 2008 10:51 PM #18
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Jason, as I have always said, talent exist in you. BTW, when I started reading this, I got a sense of Yoda.

Oct 06, 2008 09:51 AM #19
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Danny Thornton
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Jason, as I have always said, talent exist in you. BTW, when I started reading this, I got a sense of Yoda.

Oct 06, 2008 09:52 AM #20
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Jim Frimmer
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Nights in White Satin has always been one of my favorite songs, but there are equally good Moody Blues songs out there, too. You should join the Inspired by Song group and post this over there.

My Partner's wise old grandmother often told him, "Know thine enemy for he is you."

Oct 06, 2008 03:05 PM #21
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You know - I love this. I think it's why you were the first person I subscribed to.  We all have to remember that the game is played in the comfort zone for most - the real estate from the 20 yard line to the 20 yard line... but that is not where you will score any points.  You have to get out of that comfort zone to score.

Oct 07, 2008 08:29 AM #22
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Jason Sardi
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John - Poetically put J-Mac, poetically put.

Danny - Thankful I am of your compliments;-)

Jim - Me too.  As far as joining the group, I'm buried up to my eyeballs in groups already.  Couple that with me not being very active in most of the groups, I think I will stay put.  Your Partner's Grandmother was certainly a wise soul.

Eleanor - It still resonates as a high honor that I was the first you subscribed too.  That means a lot. 

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