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Angels Broken. Foreclosure. Compassion. ReInvention. Resurrection.

Bright Black Press Shot By Gary BirnieAngels Broken

Sometimes angels wings get broken. Foreclosure, bankruptcy, job loss, dinged health, divorce —  it hurts.  We don’t like it and we can’t control it, but we can learn from it.

Thankfully, broken wings can heal and angels can reinvent and resurrect.  If they want too.

Do you believe we’re all angels?

Me-Ether Immersion

I’m into me.  That’s fine sometimes, and normal, I suppose.  But, I don’t think “normal” is valuable.

Hour by hour, day by day, we all fly our race.  I flap Away-From and I fly frantic In-Chase-Of.  How often do you and I simply “ground” ourselves?  How often do we peacefully unflutter our feathers…pause, breathe, consider, appreciate…?

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Mostly, I focus on me.  My goals.  My agenda.  My fears. My should’s and should not’s.  My if-only’s and what-if’s.

Me, Myself and I, telling myself, “it’s not about me, it’s about others.”  Really Ken?

I fly, immersed in me-ether.

Wake Up

Does it really matter what wakes you?

Matt’s FORECLOSURE CONFESSION woke me. More accurately, Matt’s FORECLOSURE story is a hardship chapter in his unfinished epic of confession and compassion, passion and reinvention, resurrection and shared triumph.  If you haven’t, please take a moment and read it now.

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Similar stories are being lived out all across the country. Because hardship is common, slipping into “business as usual mode” is a danger to be guarded against.

We Immersion

Moving from Me-Ether Immersion to We Immersion is what Matt’s story moves me to pursue.

Hardship. Tragedy.  Triumph.

Everyone experiences hardship, tragedy and triumph, how it’s expressed varies.  How I respond should not. Matt’s story reminds me of this.


“How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” ~ George Washington Carver

Compassion is a powerful force.  It soothes, it supports, it comforts.  Compassion is an X-Factor.  Compassion is appreciated and correct. Compassion is valuable.  Matt’s story reminds me of this.


Passion will get you into and out of trouble.  A Passion for service and listening and understanding and sharing and compassion is an X-Factor, and never leads to trouble.  Matt’s story reminds me of this.

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Resolve, ReInvention and Resurrection.

Life.  It’s no cake walk.  We wrestle and dance with good and bad, ourselves and others.  How can we best help ourselves and others?

I resolve to pause, listen, ponder and consider.  What is really being said and felt and expressed?  How can I respond with Compassion and Passion? How can I glide from Me-Ether Immersion to We Immersion?

Compassion, passion and resolve, it’s not fool proof.  But for me, Matt’s story is a welcome wake up call.  It’s not all about Me and business, it’s about We and Us. If I can remember it and live it, broken wings will heal, reinvention is possible and resurrection is inevitable.

Thanks Matt for sharing your story.  God bless America and Planet Earth.


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Ken Brand - Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors. I’ve proudly worn a Realtor tattoo for over 10,957+ days, practicing our craft in San Diego, Austin, Aspen and now, The Woodlands, TX. As a life long learner, I’ve studied, read, written, taught, observed and participated in spectacular face plant failures and giddy inducing triumphs. I invite you to read my blog posts here at Agent Genius and On the lighter side, you can follow my folly on Twitter and Facebook. Of course, you’re always to welcome to take the shortcut and call: 832-797-1779.



  1. Norman Frenk

    January 18, 2010 at 8:16 am

    you’re a great writer & leader. How long have you worn the “writer” badge? I love copying your work and calling it my own. I still can’t imagine you moving from Aspen to Houston – but glad you did. Too many people suffer from “me-immersion”. If we can only redirect them towards Norman. Dang, I just did it there too.

    • Ken Brand

      January 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

      Norman, thanks for the support and I think, the compliment. If you’re using my “wild style” on line and your real life persona in person, I must caution you, people will be bumfuzzeled and think you’re bi-polar. Ha, ha. Hey, you going to Convention? Austin super cool and if you are, you can pay me my royalties in beer. Cheers Norman.

  2. MIssy Caulk

    January 18, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Compassion, empathy, all connect us to one another. Over the years I have gone on appointments pre-judging ie…I don’t want to list this….too far away…yada, yada, yada.

    But, if I listen to them, really listen I end up doing it.

    • Ken Brand

      January 18, 2010 at 11:44 am

      Good point Missy, I do the same thing and you’re right – if I LISTEN to them, instead of myself, better things happen. Cheers.

  3. Lani Rosales

    January 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    For those that don’t know Ken, he really does practice what he preaches and Ken, you are the LAST person I would accuse of floating in a me-ether, you are one of the kindest, most selfless people I know in this world. Thank you for writing such a wonderful piece and for reminding people to keep their nose to the grind but to remember to look up at those around you.

    Karma or whatever you choose to call it is real.

    • Ken Brand

      January 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks Lani. I believe Karma IS real and the first thing that popped into my head when reading your comment was how sometimes I feel if Karma is real, why does life sometimes pimp-slap me, poke me in the eye and swift-kick me in the balls? Then I realize, intellectually, as long as the slapping, kicking and poking don’t kill me, I keep my head up and I help others, then my lessons are learned and my curiously bizarre and sometimes painful experiences help me grow and understand what it’s like for others. The same goes for appreciating all the beautiful things we can be grateful for.

      Cheers Lani, thanks for you kind words.

  4. Susie Blackmon

    January 19, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Ken, if you want to get involved in something else, you should check out all the #RTB discussions. I know you would add (in a big way) to the discussions.

    I’m passionate and compassionate, but feel free to spank me if and when I need a wake-up call. 😉

  5. Matt Stigliano

    January 19, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Ken – Wake up my friend, wake up. I don’t think you’re someone who needs some great wake up calls, but I’ll take the compliment and move on. Your article expresses in the grand-Brand style what I could only hint at with the need to explain the back story. We all have stories, we all have things that aren’t so pretty – call ’em skeletons if you wish, but they’re not the things we want to trumpet across the world wide web.

    You can ask Lani and Benn about my inner-debate on what to do with this post. I have another post that I once debated and didn’t post. I plan on using it this summer (a year after I wrote it). Opening yourself to the prying eyes of internet users everywhere is a weird feeling, but as I said, I promised myself an openness to my readers. I was paid back a million fold in stories from friends, strangers, and agents all over the map. Hearing those stories made me more hopefully than I may have been on my own, only to reinforce the idea that opening up is never a bad idea.

    Mr. Brand, I wish you the best at being you. I know you are one of those people that is consistently reinventing themselves in the slightest of ways – tweaking and perfected everyday. That attitude is one I look up to.

    • Ken Brand

      January 21, 2010 at 8:50 am

      Matt, I wish it was true, but, from time to time, I slip into myself, and like yourself, the stories I could tell, and the stories that others could tell. Loved your latest. I believe that sharing your story was cathartic, I think writing can be that. It is for me.

      In my mind, I picture you two fun flying in a plane, flying across a choppy sea. A sudden wicked storm kicks up, you’re low on fuel and overweight, you’re losing altitude and you think you’re going to crash into the deep sea. The situation has nothing to do with you the pilot or the plane, it’s the weather. Naturally you’re concerned and tight and almost frozen with fear. Then you realize, you can lighten your load and regain altitude if you throw all the things you thought were important, but really don’t need, out the door. You do. Your plane skims the white caps and suddenly rips skyward. You glide home. You’re safe again, you replace your jettisoned stuff later.

      No regrets, and now, when stories are told and challenges present, you’re not a tourist, you’re a veteran. People turn to and are attracted to veterans. You just upped your value.

      Cheers Matt – Rock ON.

      • Matt Stigliano

        January 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm

        Ken – No doubt it was cathartic. I think that’s part of why I wrote it – for myself. I didn’t write with that focus, but when I hit the “publish” button and went and checked the post to make sure it was fine, I read it back to myself and realized that in some ways, I was writing a letter to myself. Buck up camper – you’ll be ok.

        Love your visual and think it’s appropriate. I’ll load that one into the memory banks and call on it when I need it.

        Thanks Ken.

  6. Brandie Young

    January 20, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Oh, my God. Thanks for the slap in the face. Great reminder. Shame on me, that it takes earthquakes and more to get me out of me … I don’t want my footprint to be the work I did. You rock. And, I’m borrowing the quote. Most apt.

    GIANT hugs!!!

    • Ken Brand

      January 21, 2010 at 8:52 am

      Life is awesome, I slap you and you, being you, HUG me. Brandie, I’m thinking next time I see you, I’m gonna slug you, what will that get me? Ha, ha, thanks;-)

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