When I picture GRACE, I picture my mother who, when facing dying of cancer and leaving her husband and four young children, managed to maintain her strong faith in God, and never let us doubt her love or God's love for us. When I picture GRACE, I picture my Aunt who took on the role mothering of her sister's four children helping us not only to survive, but to thrive in the face of pretty terrible circumstances. When I picture GRACE, I see my sister, who after 18 years found out her relationship was based on lies, and has come out the other side a more beautiful, and a truly amazing woman in her own right.
When I picture GRACE, I picture mom's who lose their children to a horrific disease who continue the fight to make sure other mom's don't have to go through what they went through. When I picture GRACE, I see the severly wounded soldier's family taking on the horror's of war in their day to day existence and still manage to believe in God and share his love. When I picture GRACE, I see the spouse who after decades of marriage becomes caretaker to their loved one with Alzheimer's or Dementia, and manages to survive on glimpses of the person they once knew.
When I look in the mirror, do I see GRACE? Do I handle my every day challenges be they big or small with GRACE? Sometimes I do. Sometimes I fall short. I continue to try.
According to the Results of the What Animal Am I? QUIZ in Surviving Your Serengeti I am a Giraffe. The funny thing is that whenever I have visited the zoo, the Giraffes have always been one of my favorite animals to watch. I love to watch them gently nuzzle their young, chew the leaves and walk across the yard on their long legs as if on air. Who knew that I identified so closely to them?
This is an excerpt from the results:
- They seek to make others feel like they're the most important person with whom they can spend time, and always put the needs of others first.
- They live according to personal standards that are higher than any given code of conduct, and incorporate dignity, honor, and respect in extending grace to others-even when things have not gone their way.
In this very challenging time in the mortgage business, changes are coming fast and furious. I get calls almost daily from clients and friends who are concerned about the state of Real Estate, of our Country, of the World. I do my best to help, sometimes only if by listening. I do my best to go above and beyond the expectations of others. I do my best to live up to the writing in my mother's own hand on a piece of paper found among my mom's things not long after her death:
Treat others so that when they walk away from you, they feel better about themselves.
I truly believe that if we use the GRACE that has been given to us, or instilled in us, or demonstrated to us in the quiet acts of others, we will not only SURVIVE in our own Serengeti, but, like the animals of the Serengeti, we will THRIVE in business and in life.
If you are considering purchasing a home in Maryland and want to be sure you are mortgage ready, my brother Tony and I will be happy to help! We help to make the mortgage process a pleasure!
If you already own your home, we are happy to provide a no-cost mortgage review to help you to determine if refinancing may be in your best interest. Please contact me at 410-960-2061.