What I'm Seeing Now

head_left_image

The Mighty Oak Or The Lowly Grass. Which Are You?

The mighty oak.

Iconic symbol of strength.

Its spreading branches will never get so large as to tip its balance to one side or the other.

Its roots are said to be twice as large below ground as the branches we see above ground.

It is stable.

It gets stronger with time.

Even in this juvenile state, only about 10 years old.

It will live a long time, said to be centuries.

It will grow tall.

All manner of animals love its spreading branches for their homes.

It is a giver.

It asks little in return.

It grows without much care.

And its beauty changes season to season.

Its poetry is evident, and its symbolism is utilized in so many different types of literature.

Its susceptibilities?

Fire, fungus, drought, lightning, wind, ice and a hollow trunk.

 

The lowly grass.

It is humble.

It is small.

It needs regular trimming to prevent its ugly growth.

It is considered a weed by some, albeit an attractive one.

It does dress differently from season to season, but its winter dress is not very attractive.

It grows fast.

It sustains itself during drought.

It comes back after mistreatment.

Its resiliency is legendary.

It has many cousins, of different colors, stripes, sizes and abilities.

It is used to decorate, to rim, as a border and as a spreading carpet.

It is lovely when maintained by a loving caretaker.

It too provides a home for all manner of animal life.

Its susceptibilities?

Not much.

Fire, fungus and a lack of proper mineral content in the soil.

Which is stronger - the mighty oak or the lowly grass?

Which could survive a year-long drought?  Or crushing weight?  Or a severe fire?  Or being cut to its root?  Or a 200 mile-an-hour wind?

THE MIGHTY OAK OR THE LOWLY GRASS.  WHICH IS STRONGER?

THE MIGHTY OAK OR THE LOWLY GRASS.  WHICH ARE YOU?

In business we need to prepare for a variety of things.  Things that buffet us.  Things that want to destroy us.  Drought.  High winds.  Competition.  The constant supply of the "air," "water," "food," and "vitamins" that all business needs.  Can we survive being cut down to size, virtually to the root?  Are we resilient or are we too stiff to bend?  Are we balanced enough to roll with the punches?  Can we grow freely or do we (or should we) need to be pruned from time to time by a loving caretaker or mentor?  Are we gathering information to improve our state?  Do we change with the times?

Analogies abound.  We could go on forever.  We could consider this in all aspects of our lives, not simply in our businesses.  How resilient are we?

But, consider these two creations -- which are you?

OR ARE YOU A COMBINATION OF EACH?

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 27 commentsJay Markanich • May 30 2011 08:34AM

Comments

Neat post Jay. I enjoyed it.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 7 years ago

Wow, Sheila, that was up 10 seconds and you responded!  Thanks!  Glad you enjoyed it.  So, which are you?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay ~  So much to ponder and so very appropriate given the challenges of our industry for the last several years.  Thank you.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 7 years ago

Don't you think we are all a little of both..it just changes by degrees?

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) over 7 years ago

You're welcome Tish.  Consider it!

I asked you Anne!  But I cannot speak for others...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Feeling a little philosophical today? While the oak is monumentally large and sturdy, grass is more resilient and able to "go with the flow". I would say I'm grassy.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

And grassyass for your response Jim!

That's a Boy Scout word, you should know...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Super post.  My you are philosophical today.  Not sure which one i am - maybe a combo.  What is interesting is that they both do better when they co-exist.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Oooh, philosophical in return Debbie!  Love it.  Pretty deep for a guy, huh?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, the older I get, the less I think in absolutes and the more "gray" I see, I am a combination of many many things, what I have been taught, the influential people in my life, my experiences and my interpretation of all of them.  I would like to think I have some qualities of each...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago

I would consider that to be mature thinking Chris.  But, I cannot speak for others!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Mr Jay,

I am the squirrel on his way to go up the mighty oak.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

I would have to put myself in the oak category since you mentioned it is a giver.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 7 years ago

But, Nutsy, don't you eat grass?

Chris Ann - grass can be a giver to spiders and ants!  You aren't discriminating between different kinds of animalia are you?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

There are as many kinds of strength as there are jobs to do.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 7 years ago

Are you suggesting mix and match Charlie?  Dip into the bag of strengths and pull out what you need for the job?

Would that be grassy or oaky?    ;>)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Pretty deep for this late in the day. I would like to think I am a combination of the two. Either way we have to play on our strengths and progressively improve on our weaknesses. Good thought provoking post Jay.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) over 7 years ago

Hmmmmoh mighty southern Philosopher...they both have a place in our eco system...and we in our profession if we learn to grow and thrive where we are planted or transplant ourselves  in an  environment that utilizes our skills.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

Thanks Randy.  You probably are a combination.  Maybe all of us are!  But I don't know...

S&D - this isn't about eco systems but people!  And business!  I'm just putting some thinking out there and wondering what others think of themselves.  Really, the thinking is not really western at all.  Very zen!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

JAy,

Good thoughts there. Like many here I feel I have a bit of both. But I think am more of the grasses than the oaks. Sometimes the grassroots are the one that handle change the best.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I agree with that Donald.  Both kinds of people have strengths and weaknesses.  We are all probably a combination of both, to some degree or other.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I really think I am a bit of both too.  If you ask my kids though you'll get, unbending oak everytime.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 7 years ago

And that philosophy will probably change on their parts Jack, as it has probably evolved with you.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay,

You need another photo. You look like you went 3 rounds with Ali back in his championship years.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

It was much worse a couple of days later Steve.  Should I go with the Mr. Jay avatar?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay,

We are, up here, kind of offended that you did not comment on the beauty of Nutsy's tail. He seldom poses in such a revealing manner.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Rather than an oak, I guess the tail would have required a grassyass (Spanish for thank you) Mason?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

This blog does not allow anonymous comments