Above is Vincenzo delBirdio, the prominent Laguna Beach real estate mogul well known in the inner circle circle for his cutthroat business deals and take-no-prisoner's approach to beach front land development.
Below is Mr. delBirdio's New Year's Resolution.
I look out from my patio (which is, by itself, 500 square feet) and I see an endless ocean. I walk through my condominium (one of seven properties to my delBirdio name) to my other patio (which is a mere 300 square feet). From it, I see my empire. I see the many houses I've built and sold. I think of all of my profits. Millions of dollars for hundreds of thousands of square feet.
Then I turn and look inside my own "home." I see emptiness. I see marble floors. Shiny. I see my very impressive collection of mirrors, mirrors I am afraid to look into and ask "Whose a pretty bird?." I see my Subzero fridge stocked with worms and caviar. Full, but empty.
Most of all, I see no one else. Even my assistant has the holiday week off to spend with her family. I have nothing but space. I have nothing but emptiness. Many square feet of personal defeat.
But this shall be no more! In the coming year, I shall work less. It won't always be about the sale. It will be about filling my life with more than closings and yet another four figure dangly bell.
I hope to be able to look in a mirror and see perhaps a wife standing beside me. Maybe one of my many empty rooms can be a nursery?
2017, I entweet you to be a better year. For if such is true, I will be a better bird. I will be a pretty bird with a pretty life, who won't be afraid to look into my many mirrors anymore.