Pearl of Wisdom #16: “Rule with your head and not with your heart”. Mary S.

February 25, 2011

Lesson learned:  Mary moved from her Northeast Philadelphia home into a retirement community just before Christmas.  She was, as so many others are, reluctant to leave her warm and welcoming home of 50+ years with all its memories for an apartment.  While Mary knew she would have to ultimately sell her house, she was reluctant to proceed with the listing. But last week’s nightmare drastically altered her thinking. 

Sometime during a few days of extremely cold temperatures, Mary’s heater malfunctioned.  With the heater inoperable, several pipes froze and ruptured.  The house and some of the contents sustained extensive water damage.  After the mess was cleaned up, an insurance claim was filed and repairs were made.  It was through this upsetting ordeal and the stress it caused her and members of her family, that Mary realized it was time to sell her beloved house. 

Speaking with conviction, even though traces of sadness could be detected in her eyes, Mary concluded that you have to “rule with your head and not with your heart.”  It was time to leave that part of her life behind and to focus on a new phase of her life in new surroundings.  She seemed content with the decision she made and relieved that the trials and tribulations of home ownership will soon a be thing of the past.  She was ready to move on.