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Plan for the Future by Looking Ahead


Don't limit yourself to where you're at.

Have you ever ridden a bicycle? If you have, where are you looking? If you look down at your feet, trying to work the pedals, you most surely will fall off. The only way to keep your equilibrium is to hold your head high and look ahead. (I learned how to ride a bike in a cemetery -- lots of hard obstacles to avoid, so I was a quick study.)

Do you drive a car? If so, you probably don't focus all of your attention on the rear-view mirror. You don't spend a lot of time looking at the hood ornament on your car, either. You look ahead at where you're going. You have to be aware of everything going on around you, but the main focus is up ahead.

I preface this edition because you may be surprised by what I'm going to tell you next: what I did today. I went looking for a new house. Of course, I had in mind my price range, where I wanted to be, what I was looking for, etc. You know, all the usual stuff.

I had a couple of appointments today that fit my requirements, but in between them, something magical happened. I got lost. I was talking to a Realtor on the phone and I got all turned around, and I ended up on this one-way street by the beach. It wasn't completely an accident though. I have a dream that I'll one day own a home on the beach.

This is where it gets weird. I stopped my car in front of a house (in order to get my bearings and finish the call with the Realtor) that happened to have a "for sale" sign in front. Never mind that I'm not looking to buy. Funny enough though, there were two men in the gigantic picture window waving at me. I waved back. They were motioning me to come to the house. Before I could even get out of my car, one of the guys was outside asking me if I wanted to come in and see it.

Who was I to say no? The house was gorgeous!

Turns out, the owner was showing the house to Guy #2 -- he doesn't even live there. It's a summer home for him and his family. In short, the house was nothing less than breathtaking. He started in the cabana (which I was, of course, visualizing as my office). Then we went into the main house, and the panoramic ocean view from the living room became emblazoned in my mind. I don't think I'll ever get that picture out of my memory (nor would I want to).

The tour of the house led from one mesmerizing room (and view) to another -- the crescendo being the deck from the master bedroom directly above the living room. Not only could I picture myself being there, but I had a few ideas for me and the-yet-unnamed Mr. Right as well. I was in heaven.

I told the owner, sadly, I was looking for a rental at the moment, and if he and his wife were interested in that to please let me know (although I gather it would be out of my budget -- I didn't care at that moment.)

With a smile, and a knowing look, he told me all of this could be mine for a cool $1.3 million. The reality is that was a bargain price -- for someone else. But I had found my dream home. That, with an apartment in the city, would be heaven.
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