Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How to Dance in the Rain

Received an email I wanted to share:

How to Dance in the Rain

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.

He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.

As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, 'She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is.'

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought,

'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is neither physical, nor romantic.

True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails, sometimes there is one that comes along that has an important message. This one I thought I could share with you.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

'Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

Sunset at North Pole

Don't you just love this picture? It is the sunset at the North Pole. There are so many fantastic things to see in this world. Someday......

Monday, July 14, 2008

It's official - I'm certified!

Well this ends a very long training period. I have been taking classes and just passed my final!!!I have decided I really don't like to study anymore and the more I have to memorize the crazier I get. But I must if I want to continue making money; which I do since I am a long way from retirement. I just completed special courses to add the credentials to my resume. I am now certified in loan modification and short sales. Basically I can now help people stay in their houses if they choose by getting the bank to renegotiate their loans or if they can't do that help them with a short sale so they won't have a foreclosure. Now, realize I have been doing this for quite a while, but it is so much more impressive to say "certified", are you impressed? It is sad this is what the real estate market has come to. It doesn't look like the market is going to turn around for several years. This is good news for the buyers, but very difficult if you have to sell your house. A lot of people are getting hurt. I hope by being the best in these niches I will generate some new business. I know I will be helping some people who will not be paying me, but I think the referrals will more than make up for it.