State of Grace: To Be Nimble
By Wendy Maitland
The world has changed and will continue to change, ever-so-fast. As humans, we instinctively crave "normal", meaning that which we know. Yet what if, despite our instincts, "new" is what propels us to better lives, to do better, to strive, to learn, to evolve? Even as we resist, change is upon us, like it or not. We either retreat from it, or we embrace it and allow ourselves to grow. Either way, change is here to stay. Remember the term "growing pains"? As children, many scary things happen that looking back aren't so frightening, but are necessities of growing up. Milestones like the first day of school, or the first time being home alone, or the first day of a new job, are markers of growing up. Some aspects of growing up aren't so rosy. The chaos, pain and suffering that have happened this year and will be left it the wake of the pandemic are certainly real. But out of chaos, however overwhelming, comes opportunity. Some lessons are tough, even excruciatingly painful, but once learned, these lessons can never be unlearned. It's time to be nimble of mind and spirit, and to recognize that these milestones, for better or worse, are part of our human evolution. The sooner we accept this fact, the better. It's time for us to stop pining for the old "normal" and recognize that through all of the pain, and it is real pain, we are all growing up. It's time to be nimble.
What exactly does nimble mean?
quick and light in movement or action; agile.
lithe; sprightly; acrobatic; flexible; light on one's feet.
To be nimble is also to be graceful. A "state of grace" is theological term meaning the divine influence that operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial. Being nimble makes the pain of letting go of the past much less sharp because the focus is on finding new paths to pave the way for the future, to inspire virtuous impulses, to impart strength. If I could imbue you with any single asset, it would be the ability to be nimble. If I could conjure any state to lay upon the world of human beings, it would be the state of grace.
Luxury, to me, means living to thrive, not just to survive. The sad reality is that this luxury isn't always within reach for many, many people, nor is it feasible for most of us at certain times in our lives, but we can adopt a luxury mindset. Even in extreme times of challenge, a luxury mindset creates a vast universe of possibility. This is achieved through being nimble. It's time to stretch and flex those muscles of our minds and hearts.
In real estate matters, this means turning outdated perspectives on their heads. A very wise man and a successful client of mine named Jeff whom I'm fortunate to be working closely with, often reminds me of a simple truth. Jeff says "price is what you pay, value is what you get." We've all paid a high price for any number of things, including real estate, mistakes we've made, and perceived or real injustices that have been foisted upon us. If we acquire quality real estate at the right time, value is what we get. If we learn the lessons of hard times, self-inflicted or otherwise, priceless value is what we get. This is how we grow into better human beings, and make the world a better place going forward. It's not solely up to the esoteric "them", whether that be government, health experts, and "others" to "fix it". It's up to each and every one of us to find our own creative way to improve our lives and do our part to make the world a better place. Each action on behalf of each one of us has a ripple effect. There are more of "us" than there are of "them". whoever "they" may be. We can only achieve a better world by together becoming the tidal wave of nimble people striving to make the world a more graceful place.
The chaos of the past year has been painful. We have lost people we loved. We have endured, and endured, and endured, through hardships and sadness and anger. Yet we're still standing. Our ability to create not only recovery from the injuries of 2020 but to make a better world begins here, now, and is ever-present, every moment of every day. It takes a nimble mind to be a part of leading the next phase of our evolution, which promises to be big, bold and beautiful. Look at what you've been through, and look at how strong you have become! It's not all blue skies smiling at us yet, and there's a lot still to endure, but the light at the end of the tunnel is brightly shining. Let's all be a part of the exciting evolution that's ready to transform our world with our help. What lessons are you ready to learn, and what lessons are you ready to teach? How will you implement change with your nimble mind and spirit? Each of our attitudes and actions is meaningful in the our next phase of evolution. It isn't about returning to a past "normal" who's ship has sailed.
I wish you safe and luxurious holidays, whether you're alone or with loved ones. Here's to an exciting and wonder filled 2021! See you around the bend...
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