The Seven Cardinals

Once again I was surprised to find it had rained again last night, but at least the cloud cover cleared and the sun returned which brightened mine, along with everyone else’s day.

For sure I had a full morning with all the phone calls and appointments to attend, as well as hurriedly getting docs prepared and emailed to a closing company which was being a little demanding in their email this morning.  I bristled after reading it because I’d been waiting for well over a week for their instructions.  Oh how familiar such ways are becoming where one has to wait, but when the powers that be finally get around to giving directions, they want immediate attention.  There’s no question that late hour requests are likely due to all the many being overly-busy with their personal issues instead of their actual jobs.

I had an interesting conversation with one of my associates today which somehow got on a most interesting subject, and likely started when he asked, “Do you remember all of your so-called great sins?”  I was puzzled for a moment and then asked, “You mean the seven cardinal sins?”  He acknowledged, so I started naming them one by one, but for some reason I couldn’t recall two of them.  He laughed and said, “I want you to find and email them to me because I want to know.”

Likely the reason he asked, was because I’d earlier in our conversation mentioned how just recently a colleague of my threw me under the bus with a particular transaction.  I reminded him how hard it is for me to understand such ways to the point of trying to make myself believe that people who do such things must have six or seven barefoot children at home who’re dressed in tattered clothes, and in their kitchens there are big boiling pots of water with small onions rolling around in them, and waiting for them to bring home a “chicken” so they’ll at least not go to bed hungry again.  This of course is a take-off of what oft times salespeople would say in past years when they’d made a sale. That old line goes, “It looks like there’ll be a chicken in the pot tonight.”

My associate often tries to justify the ways of the world, and his comment today was, “Well you know, there are all the more people out there who are allowing those seven cardinal sins of yours to over-take the good they have living within.”  Of course yours truly had to say, “You must now be referring to the seven cardinal virtues.”  I couldn’t help but laugh when he said, “Oh, so your people also have a list of virtues?, and if you do, I want a list of them as well.”   Believe it or not, I couldn’t think of only about four of them, so when I got back to my office, I looked them up and created the above lists which I’m naming, The Seven Cardinals” which I’ll be emailing to him in the morning.

I’m actually glad I looked them up because it’s been many years since anyone has brought the subject of them up with me.  I distinctly remember one of my lessons in grade school being one which our class was to memorize all seven of the cardinal sins.  I was a bit ashamed of myself today for not having remembered them all when asked.  Oh well, we can’t pull every bit of information out of our ancient archives at the drop of a hat.

My showing late this afternoon went very well to where my young buyers will be calling me to set a time on Friday where they can show it to their parents.  Yeah!  I think I finally found a match-up for them.  With this being the second time I was there, I was all the more impressed with its floor plan.  I soulfully announced the buyers, “I could move into this home in a New York second, and after living here for a year, I’d have it turned into a showplace.”

I did visit with the seller after my showing, and informed him I’ll likely be showing it again on Friday.  I think there was a bit of surprise when hearing it, which of course is normal when a seller has lived in the same house for decades.  I’m convinced that if we lived in a castle long enough, it would become just another roof over our heads that’s just a little bigger and nicer than our neighbor’s.  Keep in mind, we not only grow used to ugliness, but beauty as well.

When visiting with the seller at 415 – 1st St. SE today, we both agreed that it would be a good idea to have a public open house this coming Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.  That home is going to make someone a great family sanctuary which will work for them for years.  Of course I absolutely love its location being so close to the Downtown, the library, our museum, and certainly a great place to live for those who enjoy walking, because there are so many delightful sights in the neighborhood.

Tonight’s one-liner is:  All theory my dear friends, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.

Joe Chodur

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