Recently, I started a blog post series on my website CambridgeRealEstate.com about positive experiences in my work life. I titled this series Grateful 24/7/365, and you can see the posts in the ongoing series at Grateful247365.com. My inspiration for these posts was two-fold: Shawn Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage, which I recently read while traveling, and Gary Vaynerchuk, who showed up in my life in 2017. The phrase Grateful 24/7/365 is something I got from Gary.
I am a Realtor working with buyers and sellers in Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts. I work at Compass real estate in Harvard Square.
It’s interesting to think about being grateful all the time. FOR SURE, it’s easy for me to be grateful when I land a million dollar listing, or when I find out that my buyer client has the winning bid in a multiple offer situation with seven offers in.
But how about being grateful when I back my new car into a tree? I did back my new car into a tree one Sunday morning, a big tree located just in front of one of my listings for sale. I had just arrived to host an open house. Turns out I did $5,000 worth of damage to my car (tree was fine), and I had to give up my car for two weeks to the garage for body work. No surprise, my car insurance rate went up as well.
I remember sitting in my car after backing into the tree. I was listening to the news. It was the morning after the Orlando nightclub massacre. WOW, did that put my new-found problem in perspective.
Then I got out of my car and looked at the damage, and I was grateful that it was the car that was damaged and not me. And then I looked — really looked — at this big tree that I had backed into. The trunk of the tree is easily five week wide.
I stepped back and took it in.
A real beauty.
It took my backing into this tree to SEE it, but once I did, I could only marvel at its branches and broad reach.
No, I did not sell the house that day. But I was grateful to be alive, and grateful to have made a majestic friend.