By Nancy Hankin
- The Dalai Lama once said “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
I moved to the Palm Springs Desert Area from Wisconsin in 1992 and I LOVE it here….but I would not have moved here if things had gone my way! I was living in a beautiful 2700 square foot townhouse, a block from Lake Michigan, in a very nice area called Shorewood. I had sold my home and I was leasing the lower level of a spacious townhouse. After living there for two years, my landlord decided to sell. He asked me and the neighbors above to put in an offer on the townhouse if we were interested. We both put in a full-price offer, but I did not get it. Instead he sold it to the couple living upstairs. I was so disappointed.
Approximately six months later I was visiting California because I was doing a “needs assessment” for a book I was thinking of writing. While in California I also visited my daughter and granddaughter in Los Angeles and my aunt and uncle in the desert. It was there, standing in the desert on a quiet afternoon, looking towards the majestic San Jacinto mountain, that I “listened to the voice within” telling me this is where I needed to move to. I remember that moment like it happened yesterday.
It was only after I took the plunge and packed up heading west, did I realize that had I purchased that beautiful town house in Shorewood, I never would have moved to this wonderful desert, or met my husband who I spent many wonderful years with until his recent passing. It suddenly hit me that not getting what I wanted was a wonderful stroke of luck!
So the next time you feel disappointed that someone else bought the home you had your heart set on, just remember it might be a blessing, because a better home might be just around the corner!
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