The topic for today's post comes to mind due to an accomplished goal I achieved this week: I am now a licensed real estate broker in the state of Indiana after passing the reciprocity requirements. While I am excited to pursue the goals of my clients in an expanded role, the purpose of this post is not to pat myself on the back. I thought it would be a nice metaphor to examine today - crossing bridges.
There's much talk in today's politics about building walls to keep borders separated or retorts of building bridges to bring people together. To avoid any political argument, since we all have our own convictions on a wide range of issues, let's look at this from a different angle. I think most of us would agree that there are times in life where we can "cross a bridge" or "extend a hand" to our neighbors in need. There are times where inclusion is the best solution, not isolation. Some folks, however, prefer to be left alone - in which case, their bridge is peace and quiet! I am talking in terms of helping out people when they are down, giving them a hand up to a better tomorrow. Sometimes the simplest things can be crossing a bridge. Perhaps your neighbor's day could be made when you simply smile at them, or say hello and ask them how they are doing. Maybe your neighbor wants to be left alone and enjoy their privacy. The key here is that we all have something that will improve our daily lives from interaction with others, and we should be mindful of how our actions affect others.
We are all so different and have so many unique challenges to face in our own lives. By offering to cross a bridge, or to provide a relief to our neighbor in their own preferred way, we are doing a great service to society. I challenge myself to focus on the unique needs of my clients and construct solutions that can act as bridges towards reaching their real estate goals. I hope you will join me today in crossing bridges for your neighbors and making the world a better place, one hand up at a time.