mgbinspect Posted December 15, 2009 Report Share Posted December 15, 2009 "If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another." ~Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama When I was a young boy, my folks were the leaders of our Lutheran church youth group. Many times we had young seminarians and missionaries, from all over the nation and world, stay in our home. They came from all walks of life, and it was an experience that I've never forgotten. I also remember going into downtown Washington, DC to bring Christmas presents to orphans. It was an exceptionally cold Winter evening, and I remember, along the way, noticing a row house that had a blanket for a front door. One house guest, 46 years later, I still remember by name, Aaron Mouton. I don't recall what inner city he was from, but I do remember, based upon things that he said and did, that our modest little three bedroom and one bath house might as well have been a castle. This afternoon I had the absolute pleasure of seeing the movie, Blind Side. It is the best movies I've seen in years and it greatly affected me. I couldn't even speak without tearing up until I was out of the theater and can't possibly say enough about this movie. Sandra Bullock outdid herself this time. It's a must see and be blessed movie. It reminded me of those days when I was young, and I found myself asking, "When's the last time that you really helped someone" - not just giving to the United Way, The Salvation Army, tipping your waiter or bringing cans of food to a center, but really doing something significant for someone because they needed help? When I lived in Purcellville, VA there was a very poor family that I used to leave grocery store gift cards or bags of food on their porch, when no one was around. They never knew who left them, but it felt grand to do it. I have to admit to myself it's now been 24 years since I've done anything quite like that. This economy has many of us backed in a corner, but we still have a lot to be thankful for - there's always room for worse. As Bill Cosby jokingly said in regards to the phrase, 'it can't get no worse' - "...but what about that last man, the one that no one has it worse than?" Maybe we can't afford to reach in our pockets and give at this moment, but we can always give of our time and talents. With that in mind, I'm starting a new program: I'm adding a "911" page to my business web site for those who may otherwise not be able to afford a home inspection. If a home buyer can't afford a home inspection, they DEFINITELY can't afford to be without one! So, if an agent has a client that is thinking of foregoing a home inspection because they lack the funds, or if a home buyer is in that predicament, they can navigate to the 911 page and call. I will make it happen. They merely need to tell me their situation and we come to a fee that works - no matter how small. My promise: No home buyer will purchase a home without a home inspection because they could not afford an inspection - period! The only thing I ask in return is that each time an agent and/or home buyer uses this program, they resolve to count their blessings, take an inventory of the ways they can change someone's life through a similar act of charity, and pass it on. One thing I know for certain, when you give the rewards are varied and countless. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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