Deborah Y. Allen
VLTA President 2013-2014
BridgeTrust Title Group - Virginia Beach
Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays. It does not matter what you celebrate during this holiday season, the majority of us will be celebrating something even if it is nothing more than a few extra days off
work. As we take the time to celebrate and enjoy our holiday libations, gourmet foods and quality time with friends and family, let’s stop to take a close look at what is really the reason for the season.
There are a few common denominators we all share as we celebrate.
Love - We all have someone we genuinely care about; someone who holds a warm and tender spot in our hearts. It may be someone we are related to by blood or marriage or it could simply be a dear friend. Our love for that special person or persons is part of what makes us who we are. Take the time his holiday season to focus a little bit more on whom you love.
Hope – It is very easy to become jaded at times as we navigate through life. It is the nature of life itself to be full of peaks and valleys. Yet regardless of war, famine, disease and disaster, large scale or personal, we somehow manage to propel ourselves forward with the core belief that our valley experiences will one day rise and convert to a higher point or peak in our lives. The upbeat nature of the holiday season helps us to sustain ourselves regardless of our circumstances through hope.
Peace – Even the greatest warmongers among us, those who greedily grab for power without regard for the life of others long for a day when we can all live together harmoniously, free from civil disturbance of any kind. A mere extra day off from a stressful day at work can render great peace; immerse yourself in the peace afforded to you this holiday season.
Joy – We all derive great pleasure from something. Joy is anything that is a source of delight in our lives. Whether is comes from a baby’s smile, a beautiful sunset or just the pleasure of sharing company with a loved one. Don’t take your joy for granted this holiday season.
Goodwill – Offering your support for another, the intangible asset of feeling good when you have done something to benefit someone or something else. It could be something as simple as uttering a heartfelt prayer. Actively practice some form of goodwill this holiday season.
What is the true reason for the season? It is the one time of year that no matter who you are, or your belief system, we all pause even if it is just for a minute to collectively give some thought to love, hope, peace, joy and goodwill and that my friends is the real reason for the season.
The month of December is crazy busy for land title professionals so by the time you are able to sit down to relax and enjoy your holiday time off, know you have earned that brief reprieve ten times over. So lavish in love for those special to you. Harness yourself with hope. Ply yourself with peace. Be jubilant in your joy and remember goodwill always renders a good result.
As an industry we have been suffering from collective anxiety over the CFPB, its new rules and how they are going to impact our livelihood. Every season brings forth a change. We know we have until August 1, 2015 to prepare ourselves for the new era of closings and settlements. We are diligently adapting to new mortgage rules and guidelines. We are re-defining our day to day business practices. As painful and costly as it is, these changes are forcing us to become even better land title professionals who will provide an even higher level of service to real estate consumers.
Enjoy your holidays and remember the reasons for the season.
Can you believe we are barreling in on the end of 2013? This year has gone by so fast. It seems the older we get the more time flies and those old clichés we heard our parents, grandparents and other adults say that sounded so crazy make more and more sense.
Americans love to celebrate and November affords us the opportunity to celebrate many things. November 6th is Stress Awareness Day. No one knows stress better than us “title folk” so make a deliberate choice on this day to change something in your life that minimizes stress. On November 11th we pause to honor the men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces. Their service has made us proud to be American citizens and enabled us to live in peace as we work daily to advance the American dream of home ownership and its security.
November 13th is Kindness Day, practicing small gestures of kindness, one little act at a time is the perfect precursor to Thanksgiving. It is really phenomenal that the most powerful nation in the world takes time out every year to stop and say thanks and has done so for 150 years. We look forward to Thanksgiving, a time to slow down, spend quality time with family and friends, eat special dishes reserved for special occasions while we gear up for all of the excitement and busyness associated with the launch of the holiday season. In spite of our dysfunctional congress and other problems that face our nation, American citizens have a lot to be thankful for.
The Virginia Land Title Association also has a lot to be thankful for. Virginia is a considered leader among land title associations across the country. We consistently add to the value of association membership. We have multiple resources to help our members develop into the best title professionals they can be. We have built solid partnerships with other stakeholders in the real estate industry. We are respected by our state regulators and we can be thankful we had the service of Karenlee Oreo, our outgoing Executive Director for ten years.