What if?

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What if your life was on autopilot? You were raising your children, going to work, watching the days fly past you? Life hadn’t turned out exactly as you hoped, but it could be worse.

A note arrives. An anonymous gift of a house needing fixing is waiting for you. Would you take it? Why or why not?


12 thoughts on “What if?

  1. Yes. Maybe it was left to me by someone I knew, someone who thought I would bring the neglected structure back to its former glory. As busy as I might be, there is a sense of satisfaction in making something beautiful.
    I would hope in this scenario, that I had enough money to do it.:-)

    1. Awesome. Let’s pretend you do have enough money to fix it up. Or they left you that too. There is a great sense of accomplishment when you can sit back and witness your hard work spring to life.

  2. Absolutely! Then I would hire the “Property Brothers” and watch them turn a shack into a palace.
    It would be a fun project amidst the everyday hum-drum routine especially if there was no cost to me!

    1. Ah, yes. The Property Brothers. Well, I think you’d only need Jonathan. He does the hard work. LOL! I also like Chip and Joanna Gaines. Or Nate Burkus! This could be a lot of fun.

  3. Setting aside for a moment some of the more pragmatic concerns (like back taxes on the property, etc.), I can say for certain at this point in my life/career I would be very much open to taking on a new opportunity, a new adventure, like the one you describe, Stacey. Why not? We let so many opportunities slip through our fingers in this life, and to be given the gift of restoring a home — of setting an achievable goal and reaching it — is too delicious to turn down! Anyone who’s ever written a novel can tell you that hard work and long-term commitments are nothing to be afraid of; just because a task is difficult doesn’t mean it can’t be fun, too. And certainly rewarding.

    1. Since we’re fiction writers, we can suspend disbelief and not worry about the practical. Ha ha. What an adventure it would be if someone gave us a house to fix up and budget wasn’t an issue. Or less of an issue anyway. (yeah, my practical side snuck in too.)

      Why do you suppose we do let so many opportunities slip through our fingers? I’d say fear. But if we’re passionate about our goals whether it be to renovate a home, write a book, learn an instrument, we should stare fear in the face and tell it to take a hike.

      1. There’s just always a reason to say no to new opportunities — and they’re not even always bad reasons. We all feel overwhelmed by the rat race of life, and, besides which, anyone who’s tried and failed at anything is always a little gun-shy, I guess. But it’s worth trying and failing sometimes. Some of our best experiences come to us not because we sought them, merely because we were open to them when they presented themselves.

      2. I have to agree with being open to opportunities in order to move forward in work, life, and love. When our minds are closed, and we don’t hear the quiet voice in our heads, whether it be intuition, God or the chair at the kitchen table talking to us, we miss the chance for great things to happen to us. Even though new experiences can be scary, they are often worth the try. And you never really fail if you try. Like Thomas Edison said, you just learn how not to do something.

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