For those of you who have followed my column over the years, you know that I never write about business during the week of Christmas. It’s always a special month and a special week for my family and me. After all, there are 51 other weeks of the year to write about Real Estate.
Since today is Christmas Eve, I want to share with you a story that I recently heard. This woman called KLOVE Radio and told the DJs that her father had died of a rare heart disease at the age of 36. She found out that she has the same rare heart disease at age 26, that the doctors can’t do anything to help her, and that she has about 10 years to live. She has a young child at home.
Taken aback by what they just heard, the DJs asked her the question we all were thinking in our cars: “How do you live day-to-day, knowing when you will die?”
She said that she lives a happy and peaceful life, which was not what I was expecting to hear. She went on to say that she still goes to work everyday because she loves her job and knows that she only has a few years left to do it. Not much bothers her anymore. She doesn’t have petty arguments; she doesn’t hold grudges against family members and friends. There are NO MORE LITTLE annoyances. Everything just washes off her back. She’s made a realistic bucket list of the things she wants to do before she dies and she’s at peace.
What if you knew the day you were going to die? Would you live the last days like her? Not letting the little things bother you, avoiding petty arguments, and appreciating the things you have in life instead of being angry about what you don’t have? It all seems to be common sense. Yet, all of us, including myself, have a difficult time managing the right perspective. Maybe we all need to know the day we are going to die. Then, maybe we would appreciate today and have an outlook like this woman.
That’s my wish for you this Christmas Eve. Not that you would know the day you die, but that you would live each day like it was your last. I tell my team here at Keller Williams Realty DTC all the time… “Real Estate is just what you do, not who you are. At the end of the day, real estate will not really mean very much in the grand scheme of things and what’s important in life.” We have a philosophy here at the Colorado Dream House team that we are more interested in the individual rather than what the individual can do. We regularly tell our staff to make sure that they are always focusing on their family first and everything else second.
I love Christmas and I love Christmas Eve. I hope that this may have given you something to think about tonight as we celebrate the Holiday. Enjoy the next two days; enjoy the people you are with, and live like it’s your last day.
Merry Christmas! – Dan