Chris' Corner: I'm Thankful for the free time I have and would love more free time

I'm Thankful for the free time I have and would love more free time

I have been extremely busy this month... and unfortunately sometimes what we have to make a choice to give up, is what we value most.

For me, this has been the case.

My Family time is so important to me.  I have been alone for long periods of my life, and for almost twelve and one half years now, I have been with the person that I want to be with and spend time with more than anything else in the world... my wife.

We had a mini-vacation about a month ago and re-discovered the fun we regularly had playing board games... We could lock ourselves up for a weekend, make a pot of tea and settle down for some serious Scrabble, Upwords, Blokus, Yahtzee (full card, of course), and Cribbage, to name just a few of the many games we love to play.

Seven and a half year ago, we adopted our son, Alec, and that changed our lives... Spending quality family time is also very dear to me.  We were supposed to go and see Puss 'n Boots (the cat from Shrek) in IMAX 3D last weekend, and I had to postpone, and now it looks like we will not be able to see the movie this week also...

If I could have an extra 3+ hours a week, they would be spent alone... with my wife, and/or, with my wife and son... I would be deliriously happy if I could manage 1/2 day alone with my wife a week and 1/2 day alone with my wife and son each week.

My fondest memories of growing up were those very moments spent with my family, and the fondest memories of my marriage are those very moments spent alone with Helen.

 

This post is a submission to the DocuSign/ActiveRain Thankful Contest. It's possible I will win a prize for writing this post. You could win a prize too by going to the Contest Announcement and sharing your own story.  Interested in participating?  http://actvra.in/mmK

I am thankful that Active Rain and Docusign sponsored this contest, and I read an entry that spurred me on to writing this blog... because it has reminded me that since I do not have these "extra" hours, I must make the time to enjoy my wife, and enjoy my wife and son... our time is not guaranteed, a sad fact that again has been made very clear to me recently... and we must make the time to do the things that should be important in our lives...

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Comment balloon 10 commentsChris Smith • November 09 2011 11:43PM

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Hi, Chris!

My kids are 25 and 26 and I would love to have a half-day each week with my kids.  Enjoy your young son....they grow so quickly.

Posted by Christine Hooks, Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate! (Pino Agency) almost 9 years ago

Hi Chris,

the challenges of family, business and all the balancing in between, it does make us appreciate any time saver you can find that much more.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) almost 9 years ago

Chris, the truth is he is growing up so fast... thank you

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Peter and Linda, you know how real estate is... it is very hard to plan on 5 days on and 2 days off... and when it does come, it is very hard to turn it down...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Good morning, Chris. Although I do not have a dog in the hunt when it comes to this contest, I can see where it can be beneficial to the real estate industry...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) almost 9 years ago

Hi Chris.  It sounds like you definitely have your priorities straight.  Yes, I would love some time like that too.  (w/ my family, of course).

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 9 years ago

Chris, huge lump in my throat.....do yourself a favour Chris, block that half day in your calendar, take it.....you said it right we never know what time we have......Helen is a very lucky lady!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Good Afternoon Michael, it seems a common concern with the people I know, whether they are in Real Estate or not... we just don't seem to have the time for family we did in past generations...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Debbie, Alec was a baby five weeks old just a blink of an eye ago... this time is important for you and for me

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Al and Peggy, I just love spending time with Helen, even if it is doing nothing... and I love spending time with my family also... you are right, of course, I should just book it... but sometimes business happens, and you have to make a choice.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

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