Tick Tock – Time is of the Essence

Home work. Dead lines. Appointments. Time. Pickup the kids/deliver the kids. Be on time. “Will that report be finished on time?” All of these things create stress. The too often result is frustration, temper, rage, anger, irritation, and despair. We have a feeling of no fulfillment, emptiness, stress, and depression. Is there no end? And you scream, “What about me, is there no time for me”?

There is not one of you reading this who has not felt one or all of these emotions at some time, or even most of the time. “Time” is the operative word. Where does the time go – If I only had more time.

Is this “time” thing something new? Is it the time in which we live? Probably every civilization and culture wrestled with the time issue. When was Ecclesiastes written? Circa 300 BC? And was this the first time someone lamented about time? We would likely use different phrases and examples, but this is part of what the writer of Ecclesiastes states:

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

And the writer goes on with other expressions of time. Actually, that sounds like a pretty stress free life compared to what we put ourselves through. John Rea has a “time system” that obviously works pretty well for him and others who incorporate it. It is the “DIN: Do It Now” system. Wow, what a concept!

“Why is a realtor talking so much about time?” Built right into our agreements is a statement, “Time is of the essence”. Everything that we do is driven by a date and time. We experience all the pressures as you do when it comes to time: underwriting is taking too long, the appraiser can’t get his report to us in “our” time frame, the buyer/seller does not respond immediately, and on and on. But we must meet the dead lines of the contract. If we are lucky, we have several scenarios in play at one time.

What is the solution to the time issue? Wait a minute; I only have room for 500 words. Actually, the time issue is for each of us to work out in our own way. My sons did not know the value of the plaques that each had on their personal bulletin boards: “Plan your work, work your plan”, and “To fail to plan is to plan to fail”. They as adults now know their value.

Whether you are planning to buy or sell, timing is important. Spring is here, time to take action. Call a Realtor.

Al Peterson, Realtor
Mobile: 318-237-1178
Office: 318-388-0941

Al’s article was originally printed in the April 2012 edition of Delta Style Magazine
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