Real Estate of the Heart
Every day, I work with people facing significant challenges. All the biggies - death, marriage, divorce, the birth of twins, old age, coming of age, illness, job loss, financial stress. Things that will always be a part of real estate because home is the place that holds us both physically and psychically through the ongoing passages of our journey.
Being a Realtor is sometimes a sobering experience. It is sometimes a joyful and inspiring one. Those, who are mindful in our profession, bear daily witness to the good, the bad and the ugly of human nature. We watch people stare down their fears. We see them conjure an incredible litany of what-ifs. We note when they succumb to their greed. And we applaud as they rise in triumph and speak eloquently through their actions.
This work propels us right to the head of the class in the school of life. Those Realtors who ignore the opportunity to glean lessons from helping their clients through times of change, unfortunately miss the most important part of their own experiencepeople.
Seeing so many people wrestle with their inner questions at the same time they try to navigate the outer complexities of real estate often makes Realtors either more cynical and jaded about the world or more heart-centered and appreciative of its blessings.
Me? I’ve chosen the latter. I’ve made a commitment to walk the walk with my waking self while spending eight or more hours a day talking the talk. That’s why I set up the SANCTUARY FUND. I wanted it to serve as a constant reminder to myself and others that at least some of the money earned from helping clients find their way home should also be returned in spirit and in kind to others who don’t have roofs over their heads.
If you are in the process of buying a home or selling a home, take some time out to ponder the larger meaning of “homeness” as it relates to you and your life. Reflect on your own good luck. Your own choices – past and present. Try to put yourself in the shoes of someone less fortunate. Take a mental tour of Santa Cruz through the eyes of someone pushing a shopping cart around.
Here are a few of my own meditations on the nature of home and its role as sanctuary.
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