Are you used to your day in day out routine going flawlessly, without a hitch and if it does not, your crank factor meter pegs out? You may not be cut out for living on a Maine farm.
Surviving the low points. Squirreling away money during high times and investing in what is the highest priority on that farm. Being resourceful, creative. That is the spirit of every Mainer.
On that farm like an athelete in a championship do or die game series, that is injured, you play thru the pain. As Carly Simon sang bird like, you “Haven’t Got Time For The Pain.” When the calendar in the farm house kitchen reminds you a storm called planting and harvest seasons have hit, you pick it up a notch. To get the process started, the seeds in the ground because there is a climate growing season clock ticking. And that mature crop of plants put away for the winter, or sold as field run out of the back end of your harvest operation.
I blog a lot on a 180,000 +/- member real estate industry platform called Activerain. My job to promote the properties in Maine I list but also point out why I like living here. Why the potential real estate buyer looking for Maine property, liking the low low prices will be happy here too. The new servers of Activerain are not dialed in, performing like a spinning top. Yet. And as the glitch causes an interruption in service, it is interesting to see the reaction of the AR natives. Some take it in stride, work around the burps, hitches, cyber potholes. Other take it personal and want the world to know how frustrated they are. I am glad I don’t feel the need to vent and stay patient. Do the best I can and keep moving.
For starters, the Activerain site should not be the end all marketing device for real estate.
Like the long scull boats, some that have many pairs of rowers, you need to be using, feeding lots of blogs, video, social media, website platforms to get the message out.
Fall back to another member of the team. Lean on other avenues that convey the message, broadcast in a slightly different nuance, approach, signal. Tiger Woods has more than a putter in his bag to get around the course, to win the golf competition.
I think the Activerain server seizure, fits and starts as the server gets replaced may not bother me so much because of being raised on a Maine potato farm. I know what lean years feel like, how dependent on the weather a farmer’s family is. Making equipment do, last, extend with duct tape, bailing twine, haywire and a spot weld way way beyond the wear and tear it was designed for is how we kept that family farm. Thru thick and thin. Be tough skinned, tender hearted and roll with it. Deal with it. Never lose sight of the target, the mission, the day to day path thru the woods. Remembering lots of miles to cover before you sleep tonight. Getting bogged down, having a melt down takes too much out of your, hurts production, loses the championship game and makes you not fun to be around.