An Inconvenient Convenience

An Inconvenient Convenience

Inconvenient Convenience

This may sound like a total oxymoron title and it is. What on earth am I talking about? We all know that being inconvenienced is typically something we like to avoid. Those little things that pop up in life that can turn our day from what we thought what would happen to something completely different.


A convenience on the other hand is something that makes like better, easier, or even less stressful. So how do these two terms go together? Let me explain.


Have you ever been delayed in leaving to go somewhere and were totally frustrated because you didn't leave when you planned to only to find out that a terrible wreck occurred just moments before you arrived. You thought, "Hmm, had I left at the proper time, I might have been involved in that wreck!"


Or, you visited your doctor for shoulder pain only to discover something more serious in the x-ray that might have been overlooked had you waited too long. This really did happen to me and actually ended up saving my life. It was one of those moments in life where you were completely blown away by a different outcome.


I write this today as we all encounter things that might seem completely off, inconvenient, or frustrating. Often, if we just give it a bit of time, we can see the big picture and perhaps understand that what we thought was inconvenient was actually a good thing. Time, patience, and perseverance are often the very best things to help us see past the right here and now which might appear to be quite bleak.


Real estate can be this same way. A problem can arise at the 11th hour. When cool heads prevail and all parties are seeking to find a win-win, most often a potential deal-killer can and will be avoided. Everyone walks away happy and you look like a hero.


If you are in an inconvenient or difficult situation this very moment, stop and assess the situation, seek alternative routes or solutions, and never give up. You might very well find out that a huge wreck was avoided and what seemed difficult is now a clear path to safety. Life is funny this way.


Now get out there and take on your day! Live it fully and seek the big picture. You might just find that inconvenience to be quite convenient!



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Comment balloon 29 commentsPaula McDonald, Ph.D. • January 25 2018 03:25PM


Oh Paula, I am totally on board with your post!!!   All things work for the good for those who allow it!  That's just a little twist on the Romans 8:28 Bible verse.  Have an awesome day, Paula.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) over 2 years ago

Hi Paula - some refer to the statement that everything happens for a purpose.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 2 years ago

Those moments to me should not be called coincidences but God incidences.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 2 years ago

My Mom always said things happen for a reason - and being delayed most likely saved us from some terrible mishap.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 2 years ago

i am a firm believer that finding a solution to any problem is better than just complaining or being angry about the problem.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) over 2 years ago

I have found that things like that happen for a reason. It may be frustrating, but sometimes it can save your life, as you said. Thank you for sharing!

Posted by Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group) over 2 years ago

Very timely example you used to my life.... Last Wednesday when it snowed I met a client to list a house at my office and had a closing I didn't attend (but my client had closed via mailaway from another state) and I waited for the attorney assistant to come by and bring me a check instead of heading home.  I missed a really bad crash that someone had to be life flighted from by minutes.  

Ironically that closing I didn't attend, there was a LOT of last minute problem solving and I was smelling pretty rosy to my seller in another state.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 2 years ago

Looking forward to the return of blooms and butterflies here!  And I know Life often doesn't go the way I'd hope for...still waiting for that Powerball win WITHOUT buying a ticket :)  ...but I figure for the most part things happen for the best.  Adjust, and keep on keepin' on.  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 2 years ago

Good evening Paula McDonald,

So glad to see your post featured..this was spot on. You are right "You might just find that inconvenience to be quite convenient!" It happens all the time.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 2 years ago

Great message!  We have experienced a lot of hurdles in our careers.  Cool heads and positive thinking always prevails.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 2 years ago

I say this all the time - things have a way of working out the way they are supposed to, not necessarily the way we intended.  It is sort of like praying for a specific outcome but then thinking we did not have our prayers answered.  Sometimes we are praying for the wrong thing.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 2 years ago

Paula, this is a very timely post for me! Thank you! This line really spoke to me: "You might very well find out that a huge wreck was avoided and what seemed difficult is now a clear path to safety."

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) over 2 years ago

Dear Paula,

Wow! Very poignant. I had to wait a couple hours behind a life flight once.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 2 years ago

Morning Paula.

Been there, seen that.  Congratulations on the feature.  I take it all is going well.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 2 years ago

Paula thanks for your solid featured post. Life happens...every moment. And real estate is often filled with "inconveniences" as you described. What I do is look for the gift in the "inconvenience" or adversity. In my experience, there is always a gift. 

Posted by Emily Medvec, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (eXp Realty LLC) over 2 years ago

We have to believe that the inconveniences that delay us, are there to protect us from harm or decisions.

Posted by faye schubert, Living the Branson Lake Life over 2 years ago

Coach Paula....

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 2 years ago

Good morning, Paula!

Everything happens for a reason.


Posted by Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around (Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.) over 2 years ago

Good morning Paula. I never thought of this and it is certainly worthy of thought.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

LOVE this!!!

I say it all the time when something is delaying us or frustrating us...."we are right where we are supposed to be".  My husband is still trying to get this. I have to remind him. LOL

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 2 years ago

Excellent topic & you always wonder later 'why' things turned out the way that they did. Congrats on the feature.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 2 years ago

I agree with this completely. There is a reason, we may not discover it for a bit, but we have to trust. Glad to see the star...

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 2 years ago

Paula, what a great post.

I have long held that delays and changes are often for my protection. I get less frustrated when I remind myself that I have a Great Guide over my life.


Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA over 2 years ago


Thanks to  Emily Medvec CRS CNE RSPS  I found your well deserved featured post. 

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 2 years ago

I have had clients who had a deal which did not work out and then they found a much better home which made them very happy the first didn't work.

I do think with any inconvenience, we need to take a deep breath, figure out how to move forward, and go!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 2 years ago

Paul, Congratulations on your well deserved featured post. We have to trust that there are reasons for delays, relax and let go 

Posted by Joyce Marsh, Regal Christie's International Real Estate (Regal | Christie's International Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Almost 30 years ago, had my husband not switched seats on a boat, I wouldn't be married to him. He and a couple other crew would've gone down in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted by Theresa Akin (CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP) over 2 years ago

Paula, I am glad this blog was featured. I always enjoy your posts.

Posted by Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work! (HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353) over 2 years ago

Great post Paula!  I know you have of all people now look at the big picture with a closer lense after your health experiences.  Great advice for anyone!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 2 years ago

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