san francisco real estate agent teamThe Peace of Wild Things
by Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

This blog post is a version of my recent holiday letter sent to clients and friends. My annual letter is rarely about real estate. Last year, I wrote about happiness, inspired by Tony Hsieh’s book, “Delivering Happiness.” This year, it is has gone to the dogs. After all, St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and our city’s namesake! This is also the name of my Pomeranian (but she was really named for Franny and Zooey…)

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Over the past four years, I have fostered and adopted 3 senior dogs – Mr. Mouse, Gigi, and Miss Em – through Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

What is it about these old dogs that brightens my spirit?

At the top of the list: spending time with animals brings me peace. They encourage me to live in the moment. I look at my dogs and can see that they “do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.” They bring me out into Nature – the great heron of Pine Lake Park near Stern Grove is there waiting for my visit, the ducks in Stow Lake will swim along side us as we stroll through the wooded island, and the buffalo will greet us kindly from their field in Golden Gate Park as long as Frances doesn’t bark too loudly.

In our modern world, the challenges keep coming. Certainly, this past year has continued to bring its share of stress and complexity as we live through global economic uncertainty and a stricter flow of credit. Real estate is a tough business, and there were many days in which I really needed to “come into the peace of wild things.”

And yet, I am extremely grateful.

First, the San Francisco Bay Area is a unique place.

As Ken Rosen of the Fisher Center at the Haas Business School noted at the First Republic Bank luncheon I attended last week, SF & Silicon Valley are enjoying the best job recovery in the country. He predicts continued, moderate price appreciation in the SF real estate market next year.

Second, I am building the best real estate team! I am very proud of our 2011 accomplishments:

Being able to sell real estate and provide a caring, peaceful client experience would not be possible without our wonderful team. Thank you, Tanya and Kristen! And it would not be possible without your continued support and advocacy. Thank you, too!

Peace comes in many forms. It is a job well-done. It is time with friends and family. It is time alone to rest. And it is a walk in the park with the wild things.

Happy holidays and new year,


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