Yesterday, I was driving through the city, wondering if a potential buyer was going to show up to look at some Santa Cruz condos I’m showing. I’d had a bad day; the car didn’t want to start, what I’d planned to wear was dirty, I’d run out of milk and so on, and so on. Needless to say, I wasn’t in the best of moods.
As I stopped at a light, grouching because the light would make me late, I happened to look over and see a woman with her daughter. The little girl had holes in her coat, a ragged hat, torn up shoes and a teddy bear missing an eye that she clutched as she smiled up at her worried mother – who had a “Please help” sign in her hands. As I drove on to show the Santa Cruz condos, and further throughout the day, that little girl’s smile stuck with me.
Last night, I came across a news broadcast about a family of five living in a one-room apartment after losing their house and I remembered that little girl. All of this comes down to one thing…
It’s coming up on Thanksgiving, people are searching turkey recipes, decorations are being pulled out… and the current problems in the world make it hard to find something to be grateful for. However, they’re there if you only look.
If you have a home and you’re trying to sell it, it’s understandable that you might be upset if it’s not moving. As hard as it may be, however, remember that at least you have a home to sell.
If you’re looking for a home to buy and you can’t afford the fancy one you wanted but you can afford a slightly smaller one, remember – at least you can afford something.
If you’re upset that your job isn’t paying enough, you’re working long hours or not enough, remember the millions that no longer have a job.
Whatever your problem that may be weighing you down when Thanksgiving rolls around, remember that it truly could be worse. It is worse, for so many people.
I’ll even start the list: I’m grateful for all of my clients. I’m grateful that I have Santa Cruz condos and homes to show and potential buyers that want to see them. For my readers, my friends, my family and my own home... Happy Thanksgiving, and may you always have something to be grateful for!