Friday, October 14, 2011

Follow Your Gut

You know that little niggiling voice within. I like to take time making decisions and make sure I let that inner voice have its say. A few days ago however I let someone talk me out of listening to my gut.

It all began with the messed up tangled web of drama surrounding the new house. What, nothing in my life can be simple, nothing can be easy, my life when staring at the Y in the path would rather dive down the dark cliff than meander through the bright meadows. So dealing with drama on the new house we had to change banks for the loan, and then we had to change the escrow company that was managing the house transaction because of some legal crap. Loan debacle meet legal tragedy, I am sure you can get married and live happily ever after with all your drama babies.

In all the mess a ton of money had to get moved around. The old bank wrote me a check, the old escrow company wrote me a check and I deposited both. However any check over the amount of 1000.00 is held for seven days. Fast forward a few days later and the new bank and the new escrow company wanted their good faith checks. Disaster and mayhem entered and I ended up on a call with my now frazzled and beaten down real estate agent. He wanted me to write a check to the escrow company. The problem was that I didn’t have enough in my account until those other two deposits cleared to cover the amount he wanted me to write a check for. Enter into this tragedy his crazy plot.

He would personally drive down the check to the new escrow company and put it into their hands at 6pm. Therefore the banks would be closed; they wouldn’t be able to cash the check until the following day and by then my held deposits were scheduled to be released. The voice started screaming no. If you don’t have enough money in your account, you don’t write a check... PERIOD. Sounds logical right? Yet somehow in the end I ignored it my little screaming voice, I let him reassure me everything would be ok, I bought into the crazy scheme and I did as he suggested.

Lets get something clear... I REALLY hate making mistakes. It drives me nuts. HOWEVER nothing is so aggravating to me than making a mistake that I knew I COULD have avoided. That I knew I SHOULD have avoided. That I had the right answer, that I knew door number 1 was the right door to choose but instead of walking through it I, like an idiot, opened door number 2.

Ding, ding, ding... I am the winner of the idiot award.

Needless to say, the check bounced and I was so angry. Not at my real estate agent, but at myself, because I made the worst mistake. I didn’t listen to the voice, I didn’t follow my gut.

Makes me madder than a mosquito in a mannequin factory.


Sonja said...

Ugh. I have so been there. Not with anything so major as real estate purchase, but I have a bit of a reputation for not factoring pending transactions into the math of my "available balance." Blargh.

lilmansworld said...

argh to the nth degree!

paul peggy zeus said...

You are right, follow your own gut, as for the realtor, his advice SUCKS! He should have just waited another day.

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