My boys currently have a couple of friends over. They are out on the trampoline and enjoying the (finally) spring weather in Idaho. As I sit at my home office desk, I have a perfect view to their world and I glance out occasionally to enjoy their playing and laughter. A few minutes ago, they were wrestling and my youngest (8) got hurt. A scream was emitted and he immediately hit the tarp covering his face. As his father, my immediate reaction was to bolt from my chair and run out to comfort him. But I didn’t.
About a week ago, my office sent me a message. An AMC had contacted us about an unusual property located in limited market. It was nothing I had not encountered before, but I knew it would take at least twice as long as a standard appraisal service. Though I give my office full autonomy to bid jobs, they were a little unsure of this one. Since we were slow at the time and they did not want to lose a potential income source, they were especially leery.
I gave them my fee (more than twice our standard fee) and hung up the line. Almost immediately, I started to have second thoughts. “What if they think my bid was too high,” I thought? “What if I don’t get the job? What if we remain slow because I was too selfish? Perhaps I should call them back.” But I didn’t.
Within seconds, my son was done crying and up playing again. Dad hadn’t come to save the day and he had brushed it off. I can imagine his embarrassment if I had jumped to my feet and ran to cuddle him in my arms in front of his peers. Boy am I glad I did not react.
Within minutes, I got the message that our fee had been approved. Now instead of questioning whether or not I had bidded low enough, I was wondering if I had bid high enough. The assignment turned out to be even easier than I thought. Boy am I glad I did not react.