Time and Life


You might wonder what do these thoughts have to do with real estate.  When you think about how buying a home is one of the biggest investments, thus commitments, you will ever make, it is wise to consider how this commitment will affect you and your family’s life.

Following are some deep, meaningful and thought provoking quotes from a book by John Ortberg:  “When The Game Is Over, It All Goes Back In The Box.”  I think this author provides some very striking ideas for us all to consider, before making any major commitments in our life.  I highly recommend this book because it really makes you stop and think about what really matters in your life.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Life doesn’t have a rewind button, so we should seek to get it right the first time.  Time is our one indisputable, non-renewable resource.  All of our moments can either be celebrated or regretted, but can never be retrieved. Life is one of those games in which you can only move forward.

Part of the pleasure of reading a novel lies in not knowing how it will turn out, until we get to the last page, then thinking back about how the characters might have lived differently had they known what the end would be like.  But real life has an urgency so different from fiction.  At the end, it cannot be changed.  The meaning of life on this earth is that at the end it stops.  We will never figure out how we should live our life, unless we fully understand the significance of the fact that it will end.”

Do Your Commitments Match Your Convictions?

“There is often a gap between what we value and the way we spend our time, money and energy.  Often we drift into other commitments that keep us from living out our deepest values.  Regret prevention requires we take an honest look at what commitments are shaping our lives.”

After all these deep thought provoking comments, John gives an example that I can totally relate with:

Buying a home close to work or on the outskirts of Columbus

He goes on to talk about various dramatic commitments people make in life like:  marriage, having kids, changing jobs or career or buying a home.  He says one advantage of dramatic commitments is that they are easy to recognize.  But we don’t always think about their hidden cost. He points out that sometimes people buy a home that requires commuting an hour or more each way to work.  They can see the increased square footage, but they don’t see the cost of the time they’ll be losing with they’re family.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people seek to buy a home on the outskirts of the Columbus area because they can get more home and more land for the money.  I usually remind people about the costs they’ll incur for gasoline and wear and tear on the car, which then becomes a consideration for them.  But another, more important consideration, is the time lost with family and friends, as a result of living so far away from work.  I hope you’ll consider the value of your time spent with loved ones, when making commitments in your life, including when buying your next home.

The older I get, the more I realize how precious and valuable time is.

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