Lisa and Jim's Northern Nevada Real Estate Blog: I Choose Hopeful!

I Choose Hopeful!

It's 3:45 AM and here I sit ... thinking, thinking, thinking!   Thinking too much no doubt!  Yesterday I got a call from a friend, another agent, she called to tell me that a mutual customer of ours shot himself ... dead ... couldn't take the stress anymore.  He left behind a wife of many years, grown children, and grandchildren. 

This gentleman and his wife were two weeks away from completing their dream home.  Apparently they lost money in the stock market, probably retirement accounts, and lost equity in their real estate, (like everyone else in the whole nation) and he couldn't take it any more so he decided to check out.  Why? 

In our small community there is a young boy who suffered an extreme head trauma from a wood cutting accident a couple of days ago.  He's lying in the hospital fighting for his life and the whole community is rallying to support him with the slogan "We Believe" being plastered all over car windows, homes and the internet.  

Both of these situations are very tragic ... my heart goes out to each family and my prayers are that the both find comfort. 

 The lesson I've gleaned from the last 24 hours is that, "I Choose Hopeful!" 

Faced with the reality of making the decision, "Hopeful" is better! 

As we enter this Holiday Season ... Let's All Choose "Hopeful"! 

Let's all "Believe"! 

Let's direct our thoughts toward "Renewal and Recovery"! 

Let's make a conscious decision to change our collective course toward the brighter and higher path.

Let's decide to make a change for the better!    

Comment balloon 11 commentsLisa Wetzel • November 27 2008 05:54AM


Such tragedy! I dont think I could ever be at that point where I could face down death with such ease. God dint put us here for a easy way out.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

Two sad stories and my heart goes out to both families - but it is always good for us to look around and see that we have so much to be thankful for - Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) over 11 years ago

Lisa~ wow!

I too would have been sleepless regarding a customer having done that! I just read another post by Richard Iarossi in regards to a young man who hit his truck late last night.

I am touched by how life is so preciouse but yet until something like these events happen.... it seems to go unoticed. Blessings to all thoes affected by this traget event.

Posted by Charlene Hammontree, Meeting the needs of Buyers and Sellers in MICH (616 Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Charlene - Amen! 

I'm still miffed.  Whats up? 

Why are these things happening?  I read Richard's Post.  I agree, why are these things popping up?

I say aain - "I choose hopeful!"



Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 11 years ago

We focus on the stress and the problems and forget about the things we have to be thankful for.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago



Let us consciously not forget the things we are thankful for!  Maybe that is the key!

Posted by Jim Valentine (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 11 years ago

Let's REMEMBER all the blessings in our life that we are thankful for!

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 11 years ago

Lisa...  I faced a similar experience this year with a client who had just divorced and had his home listed with me, he shot himself in front of 2 IRS agents... It took me months to get over it and his family he left behind never will...  They would have loved him rich or poor.  We all have a lot to be thankful for...

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) over 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing Debbie ... I appreciate your insight.  In our case I wonder, could I have been  stronger with them as my sellers?  I just coiuldn't get them to reduce their price - they followed the market down down down!  Of course - they made their own decissions - but with hindsight could I have done a better job?

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 11 years ago

No matter what life hands me, the love I feel for my family far outweighs the thought of checking out.  I may loose everything, (I am after all a realtor in Michigan) the horses, the house but when it comes down to it I would rather have nothing but love than be dead and love nothing.

Posted by Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Tami - Thanks for the comments and the thought. 

I heard this yesterday and it really struck a cord in me, these are words from Louise Hay.  She said, "Out Present Thoughts Create Our Future." 

This made me very happy because I realized that the most important job I have right now is to control my thoughts so that my "laters" are better.  That makes the task seem pretty simple and very attainable!


Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 11 years ago