It seems every day this week, my first duty after arriving at my office has been to remove the snow from the front sidewalks. One of my customers happened to drive by this morning while I was out there with my broom yelling, “You’re there already!”. Many may believe me to be somewhat of a fanatic about keeping that snow removed, but I have my excuses.
There are several reasons for my being quick to get it removed as soon as possible. Firstly, I certainly wouldn’t want anyone slipping and falling out there from packed snow having turned into slippery ice. Secondly, I do all I can to keep snow from being tracked into my office where my precious original wooden floors are contained. Don’t get me wrong, I’m exceptionally happy to have those beautiful floors for people to admire, but melting snow that has salt in it, does dry to white powdery spots that are very noticeable. My office floors are due for another good scrubbing, so to be presentable for another week or two before needing another.
One of my office listings did get sold today, and if the other transaction I’ve been working on for days gets put together, there’ll be two for this week. Yeah! If it does get sold, I’ll for sure have to get back out and beat the bushes for new listings. A new batch is always fun.
I’ve scheduled a public open house for this Saturday at 122 – 11th St. SW here in Mason City. I’m still a bit surprised it hasn’t yet sold, but I must continue to remember it was listed around our slow period during the Holidays. It’s beautiful new kitchen, main floor laundry, and double garage brings it in strong competition with other homes in its price range. It would make a perfect first home for a young family with it being located across the street from a charming neighborhood park. Tell everyone you know about it.
This afternoon I somehow found myself in debate with two great minds in our community regarding the core of evil. After about a half hour of back and forth challenges, I’m pretty convinced they’re in agreement with me that the essence, or core of evil is FEAR. As I said to both of them, “Just think about all the evils in this world, and from which “mother” root they’ve sprouted. No matter how much you try to convince yourselves otherwise, fear is the mother.”
The first and foremost, is fear of failure, then fear of the unknown, fear of not having enough money, fear of growing old, fear of not being the center of attention, fear of not having control, fear of death, fear of being controlled, fear of not being talented, fear of starvation, fear of no longer being physically attractive, and the list goes on. Now think about all the evil things people do to mollify or should I say “suppress” those fears.
Just from the types of fears I’ve listed above, you’ll certainly recognize them to be those belonging to our seven deadly sins. With the stock market being in a crash mode these past days, I can assure you there’ve been some evil decisions created out of fear. There’s one segment of our stock market which I greatly despise, and that’s the options market. Who in the world could justify making money on the failures or losses of others? As far as I’m concerned, it’s dirty money which I hope I’ll never receive as change back at one of our check-out counters.
I just now remembered something I read long ago which goes, “Those who live in fear, walk in darkness.” I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be walking in the light than stumbling a’round in the darkness. And of course, I think it was Roosevelt who said something like, “The greatest of our fears, is fear itself.” So now I say to all of you, “Go forth, and fear no more!”
Be ready for more shoveling tomorrow, because it’s now started to snow.