Discernment, (according to Wikipedia) is defined as “the ability to obtain sharp perceptions or to judge well (or the activity of so doing).” Furthermore “considered as a virtue, a discerning individual is considered to possess wisdom, and be of good judgement; especially so with regard to subject matter often overlooked by others.”
A byproduct of our technologically-accelerated times is the pressure to form and share opinions rapidly. Facebook posts must be reacted to, comments are written on the fly, and tweets get launched in response to issues even as they are just breaking into the news cycle. It is as if there is some unspoken fear that silence is the same as acquiescence. Silence is inaction.
Of course this is an absurd way to live one’s life. Silence is the space in which we practice discernment. More often than not, a pressured response will lead to misrepresentation or simplification of our views. Why be handcuffed by knee-jerk reactions? We must learn to admit we may not know how we feel about a subject, or what we believe is the best course of action.
As a real estate professional, my judgment is central to my effectiveness, reputation, and ability to best serve my clients. Among buyers and sellers, no small portion of my value lies in my ability to be steady, see clearly, and instill confidence while I help you navigate complex property issues.
The next time you feel the pressure to react to an issue or commit to a stance, remember that a rash declaration or decision may ultimately work against you. More than ever we need people who place emphasis on discernment. If you ever feel the need to have someone on your side to help you practice discernment in the sale or purchase of a home, I would be honored to represent your interests.