Just after midnight on Thanksgiving morning... Fryer is ready to go, about half of the food is ready or ready to be popped into the oven, the dogs are sleepin, and I'm headed that way too. Just wanted to talk a minute to reflect and share...
I am thankful for a really great year, and a strong couple of quarters to close out the year. In my market we are still lagging behind last year, but my year has been about a gazillion% better than last.
I am really thankfulthat no one I've sold to has had to sell short or ended up in a foreclosure. There are several that we have rented out, and that is working for those clients. I have sold other agents short sales and foreclosures, but not one I put someone into.
When I first got out of the Marine Corps, many moons ago, I did collections and repossesions for about a year... horrid work. I know, I know, someone has to do it.. but it doesn't have to be me. Standing in some of those foreclosures it's too easy to imagine the heartbreak that is such a sharp contrast to closing day joy. That's why I haven't really pursued the listing of foreclosures, although I have had a couple.
I am grateful that we are frying turkeys for a couple other families this year, and that my family and I were able to deliver a couple dinners tonight to others that don't have anything. We might do the same in the morning depending on how many drivers are already lined up at church. I am grateful that my kids get to see that although we aren't in the most tony neighborhood, don't have the new cars, and don't have bottomless pockets for video games and clothes, we have a pretty comfortable home and lifestyle that a lot of people, people that were financially way ahead of us a couple years ago, don't have. I am heartened that this doesn't puff my kids up with pride, but seems to sober them and give them an appreciation for the grace given us and for what we have.
I'm also thankful that we live in a country that still passes the Gates test... when gates are dropped, more people come here than leave here. As a matter of fact, I have yet to see a rickety boat loaded with refugees leaving our shores for a better life somewhere else.
I am really really thankfulthat my kids are healthy, achieving, and good; and that I am still married to the girl that just made me shiver and shake 27 years ago. Not even a whole lot of drama... I'm down with that!
Most of all, I am grateful and thankful for a God that has sought me out, redeemed me, and made all the above possible. In spite of all my faults, He adopted me into His family, and continues to build me and use me as He sees fit. That is truly as awesome circumstance, one in which I can claim no credit, only the benefit.
Thank all of you for the help you have given me in whatever form you have.
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