Nate’s Monday Morning Message
Volume 1,046

Welcome to this week’s Monday Morning Message! This week I want to write about life – not life in general but life in the physical form; a human being living. I have come to realize that many of us, myself included we take for granted the unique and utterly amazing possibility of what it means to be alive. We take for granted the fact that to be alive is a rare, precious gift – a privilege that is denied to so many. We blow off the scientific proof that no one in our vast planet shares the same DNA, the same fingerprint, the same strand of hair.

Sadly, it is only when light that shines through our bodies is snuffed out, that we realize how little time there is – even if you live to be 93 like my sweet mother who recently left us. This week, I want to challenge you to stop for a moment and consider the possibilities of you existing in this great big world – how incredible it is to feel your lungs fill with air and to feel the beat of your heart as it pumps to keep you alive. Life is truly a gift and your bright light is proof of that – please don’t take it for granted. Let’s make it a great week!


Once an old man and a young man were sitting on the shore of a wild and stormy river.

“Master,” the student asked, “why does the time flow straight, but always ripples, either slowing down to a complete stop, or racing like a cow with a thistle under her tail?”

The teacher looked at the seething water and answered:

“You see there are a few large stones in the river and a lot of small pebbles. Imagine that the river is your life. If you will only rejoice over big occasions – like your wedding that will happen next month, or like a new baby that you will have after one year, or new business that you will start after five years…then you will cross your life in a few jumps, like jumping from one stone to another. Otherwise, if you will move in small paces over the pebbles, taking joy in small things: a sunny day, the beauty of autumn forest, a good conversation, then later looking back at your life you won’t see ten big stones, but lots of your own traces, and each of them you will be able to remember with a happy smile. And you will see that the road that you have crossed is much longer.”

“But teacher, when I love or when I do the work that I like or when I have a talk with friends – the time flies fast. But the time drags so long when I’m hurt, when I’m afraid or when I feel lonely.”

“You see,” the old man answered wistfully, “this is what it should be. When we are unhappy, we don’t live but we only exist, so the time lies still in our wallets. And only for our happiness we pay the ringing coin of time, that we still have left.”



“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” - William Wallace

“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” – Bob Marley

“Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.” – Jose Ortega y Gasset

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

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