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This Too Shall Morph (Things Change & Evolve)

I’ve been thinking about how things in life and society morph, evolve, and become something different. Here are some of my random morph thoughts:

Astronaut looking at butterfly of lights in space


1.      Memorial Day began as Decoration Day and was a way to honor those who lost their lives defending our country in the Civil War. Over time, it evolved into a remembrance of all those who have fallen in war times. Today, it seems to have morphed into something else entirely, which is somewhat frustrating. I often hear people say, “Happy Memorial Day,” and “Thank you for your service.” Neither of those apply to its original meaning. It’s a day to honor and remember those who sacrificed their lives for us rather than a celebration for summer’s beginning. Here’s what you need to remember: Armed Forces Day celebrates those currently in the military and their families. Veterans Day is to recognize those that served and are still living (like me). Memorial Day is a day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

2.     Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time at the VA dealing with severe back pain. I’m long past Army rigger days, but the experience is still right here. I used to feel a rush from soaring through the air. It was the good kind, this is not. Anyone who knows back pain, gets it. Chronic pain can be hard, but for me, it also brought positive change. I take better care of myself now. My core is stronger and overall, I’m in much better shape than I was 15 years ago. Now if only my back would morph back in time.

3.     I’m not the same guy I used to be –– and not just physically. My heart guides me more than it did before. I can’t change the past, but I have clarity about how I want to move forward. As the saying goes, with age comes wisdom. It also brings reflection, and hopefully, growth. All of my life experiences joined together have morphed me into a different guy. Now I have less to prove and more to give.

4.    The Buyback Principle (Dan Martell) continues to have a huge influence in shaping how I work. I highly recommend his book, “Buy Back Your Time.” I used to spend hours sorting through my emails which kept me from using my expertise to help people. Not anymore. Now I hire to complete that work (that’s someone else’s expertise), which leaves me time and frees my mind to concentrate on moving Commercial Equities Group forward. It’s a win, win.

Jeff wearing a Commercial Equities hoodie in front of industrial park. Astronaut with logo flying in space above

5.     Last week in my short, I talked about how different showings used to be when I started. The commercial real estate business today is very different than it was back then. Innovation, technology, and how people communicate now has transformed how we do business. We used to call on a pay phone and leave a message on an answering machine. Now it's more acceptable to text or email. Put it in writing and send it off. According to today’s digital etiquette, it’s rude to leave a voice mail especially if it’s long. There’s a whole new way of doing things. Some of it I’ve caught on to, and with others I admit, I’m still evolving. 😀



This weekend, May morphs into June. It’s natural for humans –– and how we do things –– to change over time. "This too shall morph" or "things change and evolve" can apply to anything. At the same time, we’re also wired to resist change. However, reflection, deep thinking, and encouraging change benefits our overall cognitive health. And that’s a good thing.


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Smiling Jeff Salzbrun

Jeff Salzbrun is the owner/broker of Commercial Equities Group (CEG). As a veteran-owned real estate brokerage, CEG has been involved in thousands of sale and lease transactions, ranging from single offices to 250,000+ square foot buildings. At CEG, we get your deal done. We know space, and we know the CRE business.


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