By Becky Huebner, Nebraska Home Sales REALTOR®
Tolstoy sternly reminds us “In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.” I agree, and less sternly add, notice and take note, of the lessons and the gifts, when you do.
Lately I’ve looked around and noticed:
The Purchase Agreement: Prior to close we are accustomed to reviewing that part of the contract that speaks to repairs. But recently I was reminded-again-that it pays to look at the entire contract including what stays and what goes: appliances, lawn ornaments, window treatments, or even a hutch. I failed to notice so I got to step up and remedy. Lesson: notice the fine print, not just the highlights.
Neighbors: Two moved away recently and I got to help. They are good people, who were good neighbors and I miss them. I got to know them best through our time working together as they were leaving. I’m sorry I didn’t take the time to get to know them better when they were, quite literally, in my back yard. Now with their absence I notice and miss their simple courtesies, the comfortable rhythms of their lives, and the cheer of their familiar greetings. Lesson: see the little things and seize little moments.
Storms: We’ve had a few recently and each time I lose sleep, but not for the obvious noisy reasons. I worry, mostly, about my clients’ homes, especially the ones under contract. What damage may be occurring? How will it affect their closing? Lesson: good people, agents and clients pulling together can solve about anything, and we did. Lesson: the worry did not change the solution much. It only made my hair even whiter.
Memorial Day: Why were some flags half-mast and some full (and why had I not noticed this before)? Google provided the answer but while pondering this I pondered the day. I’m most grateful for the “Some who gave all” but also for the “all who give some;” neighbors, clients, colleagues and even politicians. I get to live here, with them, and you, because of the ones who gave all. Tolstoy was right. Stop worrying and look around. I hope your view is as good as mine.