Real estate agent vehicle parked outside a cemetery

The Most Valuable Pieces Of Real Estate In The World

After five people he knew died in two months’ time, John Trombley reflects on the impact he’s having on those he knows and the world around him … 

Recently someone posted a picture of a real estate agent’s vehicle parked at the entrance to a cemetery and asked what the Realtor was trying to sell there. While it seemed to me to be a poor attempt at humor on this person’s part, other readers contributed their own comments and brands of wisdom to the post further trivializing and marginalizing the reason for the agent’s visit to the cemetery. All joking aside, I felt compelled to add my own thoughts to the stream, writing that cemeteries are, in fact, the most valuable pieces of real estate the world over.

Buried within them are countless numbers of unfulfilled dreams, unwritten books, ideas and inventions that never saw the light of day, cures to diseases, love letters never written, songs never sung, forgiveness neither offered nor received, and lives whose potential was never realized.

As John thought about those he knew who had passed, he wondered what he will be remembered for, and what he wants to be remembered for … 

With what I believe to be another 20 “good” years ahead of me, I still find myself asking what I am going to do when I grow up. This might seem to be an unnecessary or inappropriate question for someone in their mid-60s to ask, but it reminds me that I still have something to accomplish and something to contribute. I can’t imagine sitting around my living room doing nothing when I stop coming to work every day …

Read the rest of John’s post here.


John TrombleyJohn Trombley is The Village Business Institute’s Consulting & Training Manager and also serves as an Organization Development Consultant and Trainer. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and a Master of Management degree from the University of Mary, Fargo where he serves as an adjunct faculty member. He is a motivational speaker with over 18 years of experience in providing training programs and consulting services in a wide variety of organization development scenarios. John is registered with the Supreme Court of the State of Minnesota as a Qualified Neutral mediator under ADR Rule 114, and is also certified in Internal Investigations by the Council on Education in Management.

Previously, John served as a Command Pilot, Squadron Commander and senior staff officer in the USAF and Air National Guard, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with over 6,200 flying hours.

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