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Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message! This quote is one of my favorites, and reminds me every day that even the small actions I take, can impact tomorrow. It’s a new week, with new possibilities – what steps can you take, that will improve your future? What goals can you work towards? What preparation can you do today that will help you become the best version of yourself? Let’s make it a great week!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER

One day a small gap appeared in the cocoon, through which the butterfly had to appear. A boy who accidentally passed by, stopped to watched how the butterfly was trying to get out of the cocoon. It took a lot of time, the butterfly was trying very hard, and the gap was as little as before. It seemed that the power would leave the butterfly soon.

The boy decided to help the butterfly. He took a penknife and cut the cocoon. The butterfly immediately got out, but its body was weak and feeble, and the wings were barely moving. The boy continued to watch the butterfly, thinking that now its wings would spread and it would fly. However, that did not happen.

The rest of its life the butterfly had to drag its weak body and wings that weren’t spread. It was unable to fly, because the boy did not realize that an effort to enter through the narrow gap of the cocoon was necessary for the butterfly, so that the life-giving fluid would move from the body to the butterfly’s wings and that the butterfly could fly. Life forced the butterfly to leave its shell hardly, so that it would become stronger and would be able to grow and develop.

If we were allowed to live without meeting difficulties, we would not be viable. Life gives us challenges to make us stronger.

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WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” - Steve Jobs

“Even though the future seems far away, it is actually beginning right now.” - Mattie Stepanek

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.” - Jean de La Fontaine

“Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.” - Bob Marley

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Nate’s Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message! It’s hard to believe that Halloween is just around the corner, especially with the temperatures still in the high 90s – it definitely doesn’t feel like fall! In some parts of the world, this time of year is the final harvest in preparation for the winter. Although here in Arizona we don’t have to worry about colder temperatures, we can apply the metaphor to our lives, and our businesses. It is the perfect time of year to reflect on what you have accomplished throughout the past ten months, and begin to plan for the New Year. What did you do that you are proud of this year? What changes did you make? What goals did you achieve? I challenge you to take some time this week to count your blessings and your achievements. Let’s make it a great week!

HALLOWEEN FUN

The Raven, by Edgar Allen Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door—

"‘Tis some visitor," I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—

               Only this and nothing more.”

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;

And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.

Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow

From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—

For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore—

               Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain

Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;

So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,

"‘Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door—

Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;—

               This it is and nothing more.”

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,

“Sir," said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;

But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,

And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,

That I scarce was sure I heard you”—here I opened wide the door;—

               Darkness there and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,

Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;

But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,

And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?”

This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!”—

               Merely this and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,

Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.

“Surely," said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice;

Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore—

Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;—

               ‘Tis the wind and nothing more!”

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,

In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore;

Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;

But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door—

Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door—

                Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,

By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,

“Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, “art sure no craven,

Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore—

Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”

               Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,

Though its answer little meaning—little relevancy bore;

For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being

Ever yet was blest with seeing bird above his chamber door—

Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,

               With such name as “Nevermore.”

But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only

That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.

Nothing further then he uttered—not a feather then he fluttered—

Till I scarcely more than muttered “Other friends have flown before—

On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.”

               Then the bird said “Nevermore.”

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,

“Doubtless," said I, “what it utters is its only stock and store

Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster

Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore—

Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore

               Of ‘Never—nevermore.'"

But the Raven still beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,

Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;

Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking

Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore—

What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore

               Meant in croaking “Nevermore.”

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing

To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core;

This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining

On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o’er,

But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o’er,

               She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer

Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.

“Wretch," I cried, “thy God hath lent thee—by these angels he hath sent thee

Respite—respite and nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore;

Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!”

               Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!—

Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,

Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted—

On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore—

Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!”

               Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil—prophet still, if bird or devil!

By that Heaven that bends above us—by that God we both adore—

Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,

It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore—

Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.”

                Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

“Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend!” I shrieked, upstarting—

“Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!

Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!

Leave my loneliness unbroken!—quit the bust above my door!

Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”

               Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting

On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;

And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,

And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor

               Shall be lifted—nevermore!

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“If human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween.” - Douglas Coupland

“Acting is like a Halloween mask that you put on.” - River Phoenix

“I only eat candy on Halloween. No lie.” - Michael Trevino

“Being in a band you can wear whatever you want - it's like an excuse for Halloween every day.” - Gwen Stefani

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Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message! Throughout history we have been given countless examples of courageous men and women who dare to try, who dare to explore and who relentlessly go after what they want in life. They do not sit on the sidelines fearful that they may fail…and sure, some do fail, some ideas do not work out, but those who dare to dream bigger, do not see failure as failure. In order for failure to exist, would mean that nothing good came of the experience, and I think you would agree that even in the bleakest moments, there is always something we can learn from the experience. So this week I challenge you to dust yourself off, get up and go after what is it that keeps you awake at night. Let’s make it a great week!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER

Letting Go

There's nothing to fear --- you're as good as the best,
As strong as the mightiest, too.
You can win in every battle or test;
For there's no one just like you.
There's only one you in the world today;
So nobody else, you see,
Can do your work in as fine a way:
You're the only you there'll be !

So face the world, and all life is yours
To conquer and love and live:
And you'll find the happiness that endures
In just the measure you give;
There's nothing too good for you to possess,
Nor heights where you cannot go:
Your power is more than belief or guess --- 
It is something you have to know.

There is nothing to fear --- you can and you will.
For you are the invincible you.
Set your foot on the highest hill --- 
There's nothing you cannot do.

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WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” - John C. Maxwell

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” - William Shakespeare

“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” - W. Clement Stone

“I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” - Rosa Parks

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” Robert H. Schuller

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Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate's Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message! In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…and today, we make history here in Arizona as we celebrate the first Indigenous People’s Day. Phoenix is the now the largest U.S. city to rename Columbus Day, and was passed by a unanimous vote.

The purpose of the day is to promote Native American culture and history. As we know, Phoenix was built on what was the Hohokam civilization, and there is evidence of other groups of Indigenous People throughout the state. Whether you are working today or enjoying the day off, I hope you will take a moment to remember those who came before us, and the rich history we share with them in our beautiful state. Let’s make it a great week!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER

A Short Course in Human Relations:

The six most important words: I admit that I was wrong. 
The five most important words: You did a great job.
The four most important words: What do you think?
The three most important words: Could you please...
The two most important words: Thank you.
The most important word: We.
The least important word: I.

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WORDS OF INSPIRATION

"In an eagle there is all the wisdom of the world." - Lame Deer, Minnicoujou

"When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home." - Tecumseh, Shawnee

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. We are more than the sum of our knowledge, we are the products of our imagination.” - Ancient Proverb

“There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. The wolf that wins? The one you feed.” - Cherokee Proverb

"The death of fear is in doing what you fear to do." - Sequichie Comingdeer

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals
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Nate’s Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message! I read this quote the other day and wanted to share it with you this morning, because I think it is a good reminder that we have a choice. Every day, we have a choice, and especially right now when many of us may be feeling like we don’t.

“You either get bitter, or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you all it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.” Josh Shipp

As you move throughout your day and your week ahead consider the choices you have, even if they seem small and insignificant. Are you going to choose to be bitter or better? Are you going to rise up or fall down? The choice is yours. Let’s make it a great week!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.”  - Aldous Huxley

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” -  Robert H. Schuller

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” - Thomas A. Edison

“Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.” - Bradley Whitford

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” - Ralph Marston

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals
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