Pat Starnes Snippets: Life is Short. Unplug!

Life is Short. Unplug!

Clock by Pat StarnesSitting quietly this morning before church, all that can be heard is the tick-tock-tick of the persistent wall clock, and the peculiar creaks and groans of this old house, with the occasional car passing by.

 

I'm visiting Mom this Thanksgiving weekend, and there is no Internet connection or nearby cell phone tower. The television is powered off. The quiet allows for a few moments of introspection.

 

With outside forces constantly pushing and pulling us in opposite directions, this "electronic break" gives the brain and body a change to recharge. Silently I listen to my inner voice.

 

Quiet reflection, meditation, peaceful enjoyment . . . a break from the hectic pace of our personal and professional lives and all the noise, clutter, and chaos; it is refreshing, no it is ESSENTIAL, to let ones mind rest.

 

Life is short. Unplug!

 

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Comment balloon 68 commentsPat Starnes-Front Gate Realty • November 29 2015 04:58PM

Comments

Sounds wonderful!  It's nice to disconnect sometimes and get back to what's really important!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 3 years ago

Good advice Pat Starnes and like you said, it's essential to unplug once in awhile.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 3 years ago

Very true, life is too short and we frequently forget that it's not all the electronic and social media that is important.  We need to disconnect from time to time and contribute to what is really important.

Have a Wonderful blessed Day!!!

Posted by IRMA Beltran, Your Real Estate Agent 4 Life Always there 4 You! (Century 21 M & M and Associates-Turlock homes Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Sharon Tara - it was a great unplugged weekend.

Bob "RealMan" Timm - it was relaxing, and a much needed break.

IRMA Beltran - Thanks. So true. I feel refreshed and ready for the week ahead!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

For you it will be a technological power failure, but it will be good for all.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 3 years ago

There have been several times in recent years when I was in places where no internet connection existed.  At times they presented a little anxiety, and others tranquility.  It is good to occasionally unplug from the matrix, simply to prove we can!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

Pat Starnes Sorry, but for me to unplug is like a bird trying to fly with no wings. We are tied to our business and the technology that connects us. Sure, we take a few moments off throughout the day, but if I were to take the time off that you did would be distressing to me and time would stop.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) over 3 years ago

Pat Starnes ~ hi Pat... we all do need to unplug from time to time. It's hard to do so but I have found that when I did, it paid off big!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 3 years ago

I am taking the family on a 1 week UNPLUGGED vacation soon. There is cell an wifi but our devices are NOT  invited along.  As far as a shorter unplug, turn your phones off or leave them in the car while in church!!!!  How did people get to this point? We were NOT living like this 20 years ago.

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker GRI, SRES (Windermere/lane county) over 3 years ago

Good morning, Pat Starnes great advice here.... and I've been doing this... weaning myself off by starting my day at the gym rather than online.... and I was void of it completely on Thanksgiving Day.... until that evening!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 3 years ago

Good morning Pat. You are so right about unplugging and stopping to just be. Beautifully written too.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Good morning Pat Starnes ,

Excellent post! I like your sentiment..it is important to unplug and reconnect with the important things in life! Thanks for the reminder!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 3 years ago

Ed Silva - Admittedly, it was an accidental unplugging. :)

Myrl Jeffcoat - a daily drive to town and a reboot of the phone would bring the latest news to my devices. It's ironic that the service has been better in the past; not sure why the change, but it forced me to be "in the present" more this weekend.

 Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI - it was unnerving to be disconnected at first, but at least it forced me to step away from social media for a large chunk of time.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Nina Hollander - my compulsion with being connected means the phone goes with me everywhere. Nothing makes the phone ring quicker than leaving it in another room or stepping outside without it. 

Rob D. Shepherd - I read about your unplugged vacation. That's going to be a challenge! Best of luck. (and I don't know how we did it, but wasn't life simpler without them?)

 Barbara Todaro - working out first is a great idea. Unfortunately I grab the laptop and get to work first thing, with coffee. I'm glad you could put the devices down on Thanksgiving and be blessed by the day.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Pat, I get it... I always say put me 24 hours before a long-planned trip and offers start coming in on listings, buyers I haven't heard from since the year dot, start calling.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 3 years ago

Pat Starnes I was happy to have a short break and turn my phone off Sunday afternoon, it was a nice rest

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 3 years ago

Hi Pat, Thanks for sharing your quiet moments. I need more of them in my life too.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 3 years ago

I unplugged on Thanksgiving. I wasn't on my phone or the computer all day long. Contrary to popular belief the world did not come to an end. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) over 3 years ago

Amen Sista.  We need to be more present with those around us and less chained to our electronic devices.  Amazing things happen when we look up from our phones.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 3 years ago

Pat, this is just wonderful advice to a group of uber Type-A's.  It's like our electronics become limbs!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 3 years ago

I love it when I can do this.  We all need to remember to unplug every once in awhile.

Posted by Paula McDonald, Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury) over 3 years ago

Scott Godzyk - Yes, it is nice to take a breather.

Debbie Reynolds - It was very relaxing; I could hear myself think!

Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert - No lost sales, either.

Belinda Spillman - the brain needs those breaks from electronics, and we need to connect with people so much more.

 

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Patricia Kennedy - I glance at my phone entirely too often during a 24-hour period.

Paula McDonald - we do. Maybe we should schedule it more often.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

I remain available most times, but I always remember to take time to unplug, too.  We all need a break.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 3 years ago

Sheila Anderson - It was a brief respite from an otherwise hectic weekend, but immensely satisfying.

Dorie Dillard - Our devices become too much an attachment of ourselves. Take a look around and you'll see families not talking to each other, but connected to others via SM, texting, etc.

 John Meussner - it's ironic that I would write this post. Earlier in the week I was frantic because I couldn't reach my lender! Of course, that was Monday before the holiday weekend. :)

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

I was off the internet for about 4 days. I didn't find I was anxious in the least, but enjoyed the time off online. I'm going to schedule time to unplug regularly. 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 3 years ago

Pamela Seley - it's amazing how peaceful we can be when unplugged. I enjoyed my time away from devices. 

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Pat Starnes -- Downtime did not happen for me. I do not know how to make it happen.

Posted by John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) over 3 years ago

That sounds like a great way to recharge. I enjoy sitting on the beach with the waves crashing and sand between my toes. I purposely dont bring my phone or a radio. I unwind. It is my therapy and I look forward to it. 

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 3 years ago

Pat I try to find a little time each day to simply reflect and be quiet. It feels so good to think of all that I am grateful for. Life is good!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 3 years ago

I was off the net for about four days as well while visiting my son's family.  Kind of nice for a change!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Pat, sounds very introspective. Hope you enjoyed your special moment with mom.

Posted by Olga Simoncelli, CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management (Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate) over 3 years ago

It is nice to be able to get away like that.  Seems like we get so glued to the phones and email.  With technology it is hard to get completely unplugged.  

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) over 3 years ago

John Mosier - you have to travel to a remote location where cell phones are rendered useless. Then and only then can you get much needed R&R. Or, have someone swipe the phone for a few hours. :)

Michele Connors - are you close enough to the beach to go frequently? That used to be my favorite way to get away from it all.

 Anna Banana Kruchten - a daily approach should be good for the soul. I should try to apply that principle. 

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Ahhh! Wonderful.

Olga Simoncelli - the calm blissful quiet of morning celebrated over coffee - priceless! Rob Arnold - it is very difficult. My respite was kind of forced, since mom's house is waaaay out in the sticks!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

I love the perfect silence you described!

We all need that time away from disturbances (electronics/phones) during our breaks. It's easier to accomplish this (as an agent or landlord), if I have someone looking after my business while away.

Posted by Athina Boukas, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) (Virginia Capital Realty) over 3 years ago

I remember when there was a phone booth here and there...it cost a dime to make a call and computers were just being discussed as learning tools. Life was a lot simpler then. Thanks Pat for the reminder!

Posted by Keith Kenner, Real Estate Lake Chatuge Realtor Northeast Georgia (Chatuge Land Co.) over 3 years ago

Good for you! I think we all need our quiet time. For me it's on Sunday with the paper and  a good crossword!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) over 3 years ago

Oh yes, you are so right.  I did some of that this weekend, and it felt good.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 3 years ago

Athina Boukas - having back-up so you can take a few days off is so helpful.

Keith Kenner - remember the bag phones with the curly cords? LOL

Paul McFadden - that works, too! Just quiet solitude without any interruptions. I used to love my peaceful Sunday mornings and need to get back to that.

 Women of Westchester Working Together - we need to schedule a little downtime each week, if only for 30 minutes.

 

 

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

And unfortunately once the time is past, your right back here with us (and for that I'm grateful) yet back in to our reality, the constant fast past life with ALL PLUGGED in lifestyle.  Hopefully you, and me as well, and rest of rainers, remmember how to get away to recharge.

Posted by David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor, Your local Expert (Keller Williams Realty Phoenix) over 3 years ago

Going off grid occasionally is a great thing, Pat.  Glad you enjoyed the quiet time for reflection.  

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) over 3 years ago

Being in "the dark" is stressful but I remember when we lost power for several days - once I got over the anxiety of not being able to charge my cell phone, the peace and quiet became very welcomed!

Posted by Francine Viola, REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) over 3 years ago

Pat, I felt more calm just reading your post.  Thank you for the reminder.

Posted by Monte Wall, Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, Texas (Keller Williams Premier Realty) over 3 years ago

I couldn't agree more. Unplug and live your life...the real one. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 3 years ago

Wonderful, wonderful post.  So glad you got to spend time with your Mom and were unplugged.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 3 years ago

The bill was as crazy as the phone was Pat! I think it was .36 cents a minute.

Posted by Keith Kenner, Real Estate Lake Chatuge Realtor Northeast Georgia (Chatuge Land Co.) over 3 years ago

Hi Pat,

What a wonderful reminder.

I agree with Monte, just reading this blog  calm is experienced.

This is the first blog, that I've  ever read and wanted more!

It's almost like, I didn't want the serenity to end. 

Posted by What Not To Renovate, We provide tips & trends on home renos & designs (What Not To Renovate) over 3 years ago

When growing up we all sat in living room listened to the radio news and a program or two or just read...These are the good old days. To this date, I do not watch TV.

Sam

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 3 years ago

Definitely not enough hours in some days. Taking time is important.

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) over 3 years ago

I unplugged on Thanksgiving and it was great. I didn't miss a thing.

Posted by Sandra Graves, Realtor (Keller Williams Realty) over 3 years ago

Profound:

"Electronic break" gives the brain and body a change to recharge!

It is refreshing, no it is ESSENTIAL, to let ones mind rest.

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) over 3 years ago

Congrats on the feature! This is just too important of a subject to skip over.

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker GRI, SRES (Windermere/lane county) over 3 years ago

Pat,

We all should take at least 30 minutes of quiet time each day to meditate and enjoy the world around us.  My time is when I am at the barn with the horses.  It is so soothing to listen to the horses munching hay and watching them grazing or playing.  Feels so good to connect with God's creatures.

Brigita

Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) over 3 years ago

You are a very wise person, Pat Starnes. There is no greater payoff than not overwhelming yourself. Every day I disconnect, even for a short time. Many of us need to build our lives around our well being. 

Posted by James (Jim) Lawson, DBA, Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE (DomainRealty.com LLC) over 3 years ago

Pat: Go for it! You can do it!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) over 3 years ago

Keith Kenner, I saw a phone booth this past weekend and laughed at the memories of using one! Pat, thank you for the reminder of need to slow down and take time for our life, our family and friends.  Take care!

Posted by Cynthia Grimes, "With You Every Step Home!" (eXp Realty, LLC) over 3 years ago

Pat Starnes ~ my smile doesn't get any bigger! I am so happy you were able to visit with your mom and unplug. And I can't agree more- a true blessing is being able to relax and unplug 

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 3 years ago

I could not agree more -- unplugging from time to time is truly important to our well being. I don't do it often enough.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 3 years ago

The best part of Thanksgiving is the annual trip to my brother-in-law's in Vermont.  That helps to unplug.

Friday was a hike up the mountain outside Middlebury, which was even more of an unplug.

It was the perfect chance to reconnect with myself & with the family.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) over 3 years ago

Pat Starnes - so difficult to 'unplug' however, it certainly is a great idea to do so.

(And this is what we should do while on vacation, too.)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 3 years ago

Claude Labbe - I bet Vermont is beautiful this time of year, and your hike up the mountain was a great way to unplug! Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 3 years ago

It is so hard to do but necessary to unplug sometimes and listen to ones heart and soul Pat Starnes .   I hope you can find some inner peace that will sooth your mind.

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) over 3 years ago

Being a person born in the late 40's I have come to realize that one must take time to stop and smell the roses. 

Posted by Raul Rodriguez, Looking out for the client's interest and not my p (Covenant Partners Realty) over 3 years ago

This is a great reminder that we can all take to heart. Real estate has a way of seeping into every nook and cranny of an agents life. Unplugging is critical and it's OK!! Great post. Thank you.

Posted by Karen Sewell, Real Estate expert the in NE suburbs of St Paul MN (Keller Williams Premier Realty) over 3 years ago

Great to take a break.  Real estate and AR are addictive.

Posted by Linda Guess, Branson area real estate sales. (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO) over 3 years ago

I'm glad I came across your post Pat. That's what I'm doing today! I'm Refreshing!

Posted by Paul Roesch CDPE 618-233-1000, Real Estate Auctioneer CAI St Louis MO Auctions (Palatium Auction and Appraisal Service, Real Estate Auctions, Estate, Moving, Downsizing Auctions 618-233-1000 USPAP Appraisals) over 3 years ago

I wonder how long I would last...unplugged. I'd like to try it and find out!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 2 years ago

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