One Day’s Journey

My morning started out a little earlier than normal when knowing I had arrive at my office before the phones started ringing to get some much needed desk work done.  It always takes so much longer during regular hours due to the number of interruptions I have over the course of a day.

One of my past customers called asking about what the market is doing right now because he’s thinking about making a job change.  The biggest concern for him is if he’ll be able to recoup the amount of money he’s dumped into his home since buying it about three years ago.  Those improvements were upgrades and not maintenance items, so I assured him he’ll likely get his money back and then some considering how nearly all of our younger buyers are expecting “move-in” condition homes when buying.  I went thru all the normal seller’s costs with him, so now he’s left to make the big decision regarding his new job offer.

One of my dear clients mentioned that we’re supposed to be getting some heat starting on Friday.  I only hope it’s nothing like what they’re getting in Europe.  Would you believe Paris France is enduring over 100 degree temperatures right now?  And to think they’re so much farther north on the globe than we are.  It’s just one more example of how climate change is affecting everyone.

Just this past week I read a scholarly article regarding the insulation against being caught up in climate change that’s being created by the “monied” companies along with the top 1% of our society that is in possession of such gross amounts of wealth.  It was mentioned that if all “yell” breaks loose within areas of our country and the globe, they’ll just move on and buy out sections of our earth that are more environmentally tolerable.  That may sound well and good, but when you think about it, corporate greed and the very rich have helped to create the problems we’re now having with today’s environmental issues.  I’ve always been of the belief that if you give a dance, you have to pay the fiddler.

Now that three of Prairie Place on 1st condos have sold and closed, I met with the CEO today and listed the last three that had not yet been listed, so tomorrow, the general public will be able to see online all seven of the remaining unsold units.

While I was over at Prairie Place taking photos of those three units, I ran into the most recent buyers who were busy moving in with the help of Two Men and a Truck moving company.  One of the owners was trying to find something to hold the outside door open for them, so I ran up and told her I knew where there was a doorstop they could use.  She smiled and said, “You’re always there when I need you.”  Such a nice compliment coming from yet another fabulous addition to their community.

The seller of a home that just closed, stopped by the office this afternoon to pick up his proceeds check.  It took a little longer to sell, but after everything was said and done, I believe he was happy about getting it sold so he could move on with his life.  For sure the buyer will have worry-free living for many years to come considering the amount of work that was performed on that rock-solid home.  If I would ever have a home built, part of its floor plan would contain a solarium the size of the one that just closed.  What a wonderful place to be during our winter months where the daylight hours are short and the sun so low in the sky.  That particular solarium is on the south side of that home with windows on all three sides except the north.

I happened to run into a woman I’ve known for years, and when I stopped to ask how her summer has been, she proceeded to tell me about a recent happening with her husband.  Not but a few weeks ago, while he was at work, he had a weird feeling in his hand, and when he started to leave the room, he collapsed.

The scariest part about it was that his heart stopped and if he were not already in the hospital and two doctors close-by, they never would’ve been able to resuscitate him.  I was becoming teary-eyed and goose-bumpy while she continued to tell me how it must’ve been some sort of divine intervention for him to be exactly where he was when it happened.  It sounds like he’s on a fast track to recovery, but to think about such a happenstance taking place right here in North Iowa, gives me the chills just thinking about it.

I couldn’t help but share with her how whenever I have beyond coincidence things happening to myself or others, I believe we must be all the more grateful instead of thankful because every waking moment of our lives, remains nothing more than a one day’s journey of consciousness.  I was personally grateful he survived and well on his way to a full recovery.  They’re both exceptionally nice people who’re very much in love with each other.  While driving back to the office I remembered a saying that goes something like, “Forget about the past because it’s dead, but if you take good care of today, tomorrow will take care of itself.”

Tonight’s one-liner is:  I think being able to age gracefully is a very important talent, but unfortunately it’s too late for many.

Joe Chodur

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