MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS!
MAY ALL THE GOOD TIDINGS OF THE SEASON BE YOURS!
WHETHER YOU HAVE TRAVELED NEAR OR FAR, WE HOPE YOUR HOLIDAYS
ARE FILLED WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
I’ve had a touch of the flu, leading into a head/chest cold for the better part of the past week. Pretty much kept me in bed, or on the couch, without much energy or desire to do anything except sleep. And watch TV. And I don’t watch much TV.
I did manage to get out on Friday and help my last buyer of the year close on her new condominium at 1010 Midtown! She’s excited, and we have postponed out celebration until after the holidays! I felt so bad I could not give her a big congratulation hug, but we agreed distance was the best policy!
When you are not feeling, 100%, it just sucks. At least for someone like me that works 7 days a week. Needless to say, I’m behind on everything as Christmas looms a couple days away. But, I know there are many others that are far worse off than I am, and so I really don’t have anything to complain about!
But, when you are feeling on top of the world, and someone around you is not, take a moment to check on them. Do they need anything from the grocery? Pick up something for them? Walk the dog? That gesture will be much appreciated.
Happy Holidays From MyMidtownMojo.com! I’ll be back in the saddle in a day or two with lots of work to get done and information to share!
I saw this on Facebook this morning. You know you see and read all kinds of stories and never know where they come from. If they are about a current event, you want to know the facts are correct. But if it is one of those “feel good” stories, it doesn’t really matter where it came from, it just makes you feel good. Or think.
That is why I thought I would share….
A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.
Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?”
“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.
She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.She then asked her to take an egg and break it.
After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. “What’s the point,grandmother?”
Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity–boiling water–but each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.
“Which are you?” she asked her granddaughter.
“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”
Think of this: Which am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?
Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.
When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?
I was out of town this past week, visiting my partner’s parents in Tampa! We had a great time, and they came back to Atlanta with us to spend the New Year here. (I mean New Year’s Eve..not the ENTIRE New Year!)
So I’m not really on track today with blogs about buying or selling real estate. I’ve skipped yet another month of Market Reports for the condominiums in Midtown Atlanta. I’m just surfing before I head out for an early cocktail with a good friend. (Well, and escape the arrival of more relatives…..!)
I found a video about Facebook – The Things That Connect Us. And it made me think. That’s what I do as a real estate agent. I connect people. Those that want to buy and those that want to sell.
And who knows, maybe I can connect you with your next Midtown Atlanta Condominium…whether you are looking for the Buyer, or the Seller.
Note: I’m not all about real estate, although it seems it’s all I do 24/7 anymore. But there are times when I find just really cool stuff that I want to share. I hope it makes your visit to MyMidtownMojo.com a bit more interesting.
Of course, if you are just here for the real estate, you might want to jump over this post. And then again, maybe not.
Before you’re sprawled on your deathbed, there are some things you really have to say. They’re not complicated. They’re not poetry. They’re just short sentences with big meaning.
See on www.forbes.com
We’re now in Livingston, Montana, staying at Nelson’s Spring Creek Cattle Ranch, which is a working cattle ranch AND a fly-fishing lodge! They are a fully functional cattle ranch with a thriving fly-fishing lodging business.
See on psbananas.com
NOTE: If you happen to follow me on Facebook, you’ll know that I was born and raised on a ranch in Montana, about 3 miles from THIS one! I went to school with the son that now owns the ranch. I think some of the pictures almost look like there is a smoke haze in the air from the fires. I’ve posted about them on my FacebookPage.
As you can see, there really IS a reason they call it the Big Sky Country! If you ever want a totally different kind of vacation, fly into Bozeman (you can actually now fly NON-STOP from Atlanta to BZN) rent a car and drive South from Bozeman through the Gallatin Canyon, stop at Big Sky Montana (the Vail of Montana) then continue on to West Yellowstone and into Yellowstone National Park. Tour the park, with a Southern exit/detour to see the Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Come back to Yellowstone, complete the circle and exit out the Northern entrance at Gardiner and head North through Paradise Valley (where Nelson Spring Creek Ranch is located) and into Livingston. Then West back to Bozeman. I promise, you’ll have hundreds of pictures and just as many memories!
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