“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” – Hippocrates
For the last few days I’ve had time to do a lot of thinking. Ever since the serpentine belt on my car broke, I have had trouble getting around because I sprained or jammed my ankle when I was getting into the tow-truck. I’m not tall, 5′-2″, and need assistance getting into trucks. My husband knows this and will either already be in the truck to grab my wrist, or give me a boost in via my tush. Well it was raining and the man was hooking up my vehicle to the tow mechanism. I was getting wet and it was cold. So I decided to get in the truck on my own. I was almost there when my foot slipped off the floorboard. There was no step and no handle to grab, so I went down hard on both my feet. Luckily I didn’t fall, but I either jammed my ankle when it hit the ground or twisted it as I slipped off the floorboard. In any event, today has been one week and I am still in pain. No I didn’t make a stink – that is just not my way and besides it didn’t seem serious enough at the time.
The day after my car was fixed, I returned with a cane to complete the presentation and CMA I was on my way to do when my car died. The man was nice enough and showed me around his home. It was difficult getting around but I managed. We talked for a good hour and a half, I finished my presentation and took a few pictures of the exterior. I went home in much pain, did the CMA and sent it to him the same day. I thought I gave him a good price range to sell his home albeit an honest one. One year ago he took out a small loan against his home, had an appraisal done on his property and it appraised for “X” amount of dollars. The CMA I prepared for him was between 5-10K less than the appraisal value he received one year ago. Not bad considering the market is still trying to level off.
I received an email from his wife the following day, telling me they decided not to sell at this moment.
What is the lesson to be learned here? Sometimes you need to put yourself first and just say no. The outcome would have been the same had I not gone back to do the presentation and CMA – but I could have rested my ankle and maybe today it would be feeling better. Here’s another thought – if I hadn’t gone out there in the first place, I would have been in my town when my serpentine belt broke and could have called for help and maybe not have sprained my ankle at all! If only we could see in the future, would we change what we are about to do? This is probably a question that has plagued mankind for centuries and still, there is no answer.
What would you would have done?