I was watching one of those DIY (Do It Yourself) shows the other day and saw a man “antique-ing” a piece of furniture. He was taking a new piece of furniture and making it look old. He scraped on it, scratched on it and even beat it with a chain. Later in the show, he took a solution he had created with vinegar and steel wool and wiped it on a new piece of wood to make it look old. This man did these things in order to increase the value of the piece he was working on.
Some of you are probably smiling about now. Maybe you are even thinking that, at your age, you must be worth a fortune. Well, you are. You see, the things that are often characteristic of an antique are the very things that come with age. How many of us have had a few scrapes and scratches in life? Have you ever felt like you were beaten with a chain? Hopefully, those scrapes, scratches and scars uncover the fruits of wisdom and patience. In many ways they made you the man or woman you are today.
You see, you have the choice to decide if you are going to be a priceless antique or an old piece of furniture. It all depends on what you do with the marks that life left on you. One of the great treasures of age is the ability to take the lessons learned from the pitfalls and pains of life and use them to help another avoid them. Someone once said that the trials and troubles of life can make you bitter or make you better. What have they done for you?
The most prized antiques come with a story. The owner wants to trace the life of that piece from the carpenter’s workbench to the present day. Think today about your story. To be an antique, instead of just an old piece of furniture, you need to be able to see the events of your life connected to bring you to this point in life. Good or bad – they made you what you are. Now make the best of them.
The next time you look in the mirror and see a wrinkle or two and feel the ache of old bones – just smile and say, “I am a priceless antique”.
ABR CDPE SFR SRES
Broker, Owner, REALTOR®
210-B Seville Street.
Florence, AL 35630
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