Well, most of them anyway!
One of the great things about getting old is forming new habits. Habits like going to bed early only to find that you are not tired enough to sleep. And there you find yourself scrolling through the TV guide thingy looking for a good movie that you’ve already seen a hundred times.
That was the case with me the other night and the movie I chose to watch again was “The Bucket List” starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch your TV guide thingy and it will be shown again soon I am certain.
There is one scene when both of them were sitting on top of the Great Pyramids and Morgan Freeman shared this with Jack Nicholson:
“You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’”
WOW…This great comedy had just turned into a thought-provoking drama of self-reflection. But don’t get out the violins just yet.. Jack Nicholson’s smart-ass reply brought the movie back into the “comedy zone.”
If those really are the two questions we will one day be asked, then most all Realtors can count on going to heaven. After all, it is our vocation to bring joy into the life of others. We witness the joy and excitement of people buying their homes! That joy and excitement is taken to a whole different level when they purchase a brand new home, and an even higher level if that new home was built by Ole South in one of our Middle Tennessee neighborhoods!
We have the opportunity to bring joy into the lives of others every single day and everyone has the opportunity to participate. Even the guy cooking McRibs at McDonalds can take comfort and joy that the McRib promotion will soon be over so he can go back to making kids happy with “happy meals.” The only people that experience joy from a McRib are the makers of Tums.
(McD’s needs to read the definition of madness – the one that says “madness is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.” And they keep trying to resurrect the McRib…I don’t get it. McPizza would be better!)
We are now entering a time of year that can be difficult for many people. It is important to remember that we don’t have to give someone the newest “Wii” or “Xbox,” or jewelry big enough to choke a dog to bring joy into someone’s life. A can of King Leo candy sticks might do the trick. Or, a kind word and a simple gesture of happiness may be just the right thing. Especially for strangers too! In the “Bucket List,” the two men were complete strangers from two totally diffrerent walks of life, and their paths crossed to bring joy into each other’s lives, just when that joy was needed the most.
Just look around. An opportunity arises every day. Take it. You will then find more joy in your life.
And Realtors, with interest rates at historic lows for who knows how much longer, we have an even greater opportunity to bring joy into the lives of others…the joy of home ownership.
So, lets all go show some some homes this week! And make a note, all of our model homes will be open on “Black Friday” and anyone visiting before 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 28th will get a flat screen HDTV certificate, good with any new Ole South home purchased before June 11, 2011.
The “Bucket List” plays even better on a flat screen HDTV too!
Trey Lewis is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Tennessee with Ole South Realty, 615.896.0019 direct 615.593.6340. Specializing in new home sales in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Spring Hill, Tennessee.