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The Upside Down Creative Plan and Avoiding Foreclosure- Part 1

The Upside Down Creative Plan and  Avoiding Foreclosure  upside down on home mortgage?

Dateline Asheville, North Carolina, July, 2009
News and Views from Asheville's Greenolina, Real Estate Eco-Steward  

I'm working on a plan to help people who are updside down in their homes, facing foreclosure and possibly feeling "trapped".

Getting stuck in the short sale and foreclosure quicksand need not be the absolute rule  if we can enroll the genius of the real estate muse.

But,  I've been wondering,  how does one get in touch with that particular creative intelligence.. . .??

 

 I know that many home owners see themselves as  trapped by today's housing market. Many are wanting to move on, but instead feel disoriented in an upside down world, or as if they are suffocating-- victims of the miasma of the current economic atmosphere.

To these people, I say there are remedies- IF we/they can access the creative intelligence that happens when  whimsy, the toss of a coin, and chance become our/their allies.

Take for example the work of  the great choreographer Merce Cunningham ,  who died at the age of 90 earlier this week, as an example.   His biographer revealed that , " Injecting an element of chance into his work, expanded his choreographic choices that might otherwise be limited by habit. Zen philosophy, with its emphasis on the present moment, and a keen sensitivity to nature also informed his work," the biographer wrote.

Getting to WHAT IF 

WHAT IF  home owners (and their real estate professionals) gave Cunningham's notion of whimsy credence?  What if  we/they came upon  unexpected solutions to the real estate conundrum by making connections with the nonsensical, the preposterous, the unreasonable outpourings of balderdash, bah-low-nee, drivel, poppycock, tripe and so forth?  Truth is found in Strangeness, I've been told-  "Strangeness AKA Blessings in Disguise. 

In the arena of "Blessings in Disguise" realizing the difference between The Truth as Facts and The Truth of Emotion seems important to meas I search for a plan to help people who are upside down in their homes, and possibly facing foreclosure. So I am willing to search for truth in the unexpected. In my search for creative solutions, here's a multiple choice question I considered: : 

Hummingbirds sip
•a)     nectar
•b)     sunbeams
•c)      beer

 Yes. There is a "correct" answer (a) -the very first answer on the list. But also there is whimsy-  the humorous, the metaphorical. Here there is the delightful, the strange, the improbable, and the amazing-   There are possibilities and connections just by letting phrases and/or /words stand next to each other. 

One of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver wrote: 

It doesn't have to be the blue iris,
it could be weeds in a vacant lot,
or a few small stones;
just pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don't try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest, but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
 
                        Mary Oliver
 

Both Oliver and Cunningham are handing out clues about how to get beyond , how to let go of a need to feel totally situated-secure- all set.   AND, that could be a good-thing. Because, let's face it,  this real estate market is NOT all set---in fact it is UNsettled.

So, possibly in this UNsettled and unsettling environment, NOT grasping on to logic, but instead exploring what comes up is the secretWe can see this situation for what it is-without judgment-and embrace it-with all the compassion we can muster. I'm ready to give it a good try! That's my jumping off point for the plan to help people who are upside down in their homes, and possibly facing foreclosure.

Check back next week for updates. 

AND....Let me know what you think. . .

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