Living Through January

Did you know— the ancient Vikings measured age in how many winters someone lived through? I just love that idea, like we aren’t merely surviving the winter months with extra-thick socks while clutching a warm mug, but we are living through them and truly taking in all they have to offer, and thriving in response.

I think we can all agree that 2020 was challenging and we are all likely to anticipate 2021 with a sense that there is a fresh start on the horizon. However, if we channel our inner Viking (skipping the horned hats), we are obligated to bring vivid life into this typically bleak month, rather than seeing it as something to survive until warmer times. There is living to be done in January, my friend!

Those ancient Vikings were masters of the sea and had an innate understanding of navigation by natural elements. Like many ancient cultures, they noted landmarks for reference points and used the stars to navigate their way while out at sea, however they also kept track of their route through storytelling. Reciting the route they took in a poetic tale was not only entertaining, but it was also a way to hand down trade routes through generations.

I’m sharing this with you because I think there is value in giving voice to the course you plan to take as you begin the journey through 2021, whether you plan to redo your kitchen or embark on an adventure later this year.

What will you commit to your melodic plan this month? What will you leave as guideposts for those who want to follow your path? How will you live this year?

Gino Pezzani,
Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

Do You Have 2020 Vision?

A mentor of mine once said, “Never evaluate your life looking forward, instead turn around and examine your progress from where you’ve come from.” As we reach the end of the year, our natural tendency is to evaluate progress, results, goals and dreams based on outcomes achieved during the calendar year.

The ups and downs of this year give us the opportunity to evaluate our year and set future goals based on new measures. This year has been a great teacher and here are some important lessons I’ve learned:

  • Instead of judging success on outcomes, measure accomplishments in adaptability.
  • Instead of evaluating progress in distance, measure the journey by turns on the path.
  • Instead of planning based on an imagined future, be guided by the next few steps.

When measuring the successes and failures of this year, remember to include the flexibility, adjustments and loving care you’ve also provided along the way.

If you’ve ever heard the quote, “A setback is a setup for a comeback,” then 2021 may become a year to remember!

Thanksgiving Is Not About Change

In a year when everything around us has changed, most of us have become pretty good at adapting. This Thanksgiving will not be like any other holiday we have shared together. I say this because we have all been stretched to adapt and do nearly everything differently. We visit each other differently; we eat differently; and we even shop for groceries differently. But the thing is, Thanksgiving is about doing the same thing, the same way… every year. Can you remember the last time a friend or family member tried to put a new spin on a traditional dish? There was at least one person who didn’t respond well to this!

No matter what changes this year, the one thing that shouldn’t change is the reason we celebrate this day together. We break bread together because we are thankful. We are thankful that we are friends; we are thankful we are family; and we are thankful that no matter what, we come together in the spirit of gratitude. Because no matter what we may do differently, we will do it differently together and that should never change.

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Gino Pezzani

Can We Say “Thank You” Enough?

This year we have a better deeper understanding about the value of work. Work is precious and doing what you love is even more valuable. Not everybody gets recognized for the value of their work, but thankfully most people continue to provide value for selfless reasons.

And right now, we have a lot of people who are compelled to continue their work, even without proper recognition.

Over the past few months, we have truly discovered that not all hero’s wear capes. This Labour Day we have a new class of hero called “Essential Workers” to celebrate, acknowledge and thank from the deepest part of our hearts.

Healthcare professionals – on the front lines of treating COVID-19 and other medical needs.

Retail, grocery and food service workers – providing us with food and supplies.
Custodians and janitorial staff – working hard to keep our community clean and resistant to germs.
First responders – who continually tend to the urgent needs of the community.
Transportation workers – who drive us, deliver mail, and stock our stores.
Maintenance workers – who are keeping our utilities running.
Community leaders and volunteers – who help people get through this crisis.
Teachers and school staff – who have worked through the summer to re-design educational plans.

What is important about Labour Day is not counting trophies and cheers, but evaluating how your work makes you feel and the contribution you make to the people you care about – even if it is not recognized in the moment.

A sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who continues to provide the value we didn’t even know we needed.

When is Gold not Measured in Karats?

Many years ago a young couple with three sons bought a house in the country. The previous owner, who spoke only French, said something that made the couple think that gold could be found on the property. They told their sons, who began digging up the ground looking for wealth.

After a few weeks much of the ground around the house had been turned over, and with no gold found, the father decided to plant some seeds: corn, tomatoes, potatoes, and onions. With his sons’ help, he grew so much that he went on to open a roadside stand to sell the extra produce for a little additional money.

The boys kept digging, turning over the soil as they went deeper and deeper, allowing the couple to plant even more crops.

This went on for several years. The vegetable stand prospered, and soon the couple had enough money to send all of their children to university.

One day the original owner came by for a visit. He’d learned English, and he asked the couple how they’d gotten started in the vegetable business. When the husband reminded him about the gold, the first owner laughed.

“I didn’t say there was gold in the soil,” he explained. “I said the soil was very rich.”

And as things turned out, it was.

It’s interesting how a misunderstanding can lead to good fortune, when hard work enters the equation.