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Updated on Jul 9, 2013

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Looking for Austin homes with beautiful stone work? Well look no further!

How would you like a gorgeous stone work house with wood flooring, and vaulted ceilings? We've got them! We have a great Austin houses with stone work on the outside of the house, as well as the inside! And lets not forget about the fire place. Stone-laid with a hardwood mantle makes our homes in Austin comfy and cozy.

And of course lets not forget that our houses in Austin provide beautiful granite topped kitchen counter, sure to make any home feel cozy and warm. Vaulted ceilings and big bay windows allow plenty of open space atmosphere.

So if you are look for lovely Austin real estate with beautiful stone works, don't keep looking give us a call today!

Please call Rose Castro at 512-656-3281.

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NOTE: As a thank you for reading this blog post, we are providing you with a free excerpt from Dan Castro’s book CRITICAL CHOICES THAT CHANGE LIVES.

Once there was a wise old prophet known far and wide for his ability to solve any puzzle. A brazen youth came up with a strategy to stump the prophet. He decided to bring the man a bird held behind his back. He would ask the prophet whether the bird was dead or alive. Then depending on the prophet’s answer, he would either squeeze the bird’s neck to kill it or let it live. One day, the young man approached the prophet and with his hands behind his back said, “Old man, tell me whether the bird I hold in my hand is alive or dead.” The prophet paused for a long moment and stared into the young man’s eyes. The young man smiled, thinking he had gotten the best of the old man. After a long silence, the prophet declared, “It is as you would have it.”

So it is in life. Many times, we are faced with difficult choices that seem to have no right answer—crises that demand an answer now, with little time to study the options. But the outcome always depends not on the circumstances but on our reaction to the circumstances. In the words of the prophet, “It is as we would have it.” Few things in life are truly beyond our control. No matter what comes our way, we can always influence the outcome, even if ever so slightly. Even during those times when circumstances and events take place in our lives that seem to turn our whole world upside down, the final impact it has on our lives is still largely up to us. The decisions we make determine the final impact.

By now, the story of Nazi death camp survivor Viktor Frankl is well known. Many behavioral scientists, psychiatrists, motivational speakers and preachers have analyzed how Frankl was able to survive and prosper in the midst of great sorrow and extreme difficulty. I will only briefly discuss the story here for those who may not have heard it.

While Viktor Frankl was in a Nazi death camp, a Nazi soldier noticed that he was wearing a wedding band. He forced Frankl to stand naked in the cold and stretch out his arms. Then the soldier pulled the ring off of Frankl’s weak, frail finger and threw it in the mud and stomped on it. It was the last remaining possession Frankl owned.

But as he stood there naked, Frankl realized he still had one thing left that the Nazis could not take from him: the power to choose his outlook on life; the power to determine how he would react to his captors; the power to keep believing and to keep going. The undying belief that he would one day be free was the source of energy that kept him alive until the Allied Forces defeated Germany and he was ultimately freed. There was no reason for Frankl to believe except his choice to believe. This was more important to his survival than food and warmth.

We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we react to it. For example, if your car starts to skid out of control on a wet road, experts tell us you have two options. You could either slam on the brakes, which would exaggerate the skid and cause you to lose control completely, or you could slowly release your foot from the gas pedal and turn in the direction of the skid, which would bring you out of the skid. You have a split second to make a decision. Which action you take could determine whether you live or die. It is your decision, therefore, not the wet road, that determines the final outcome. If you could practice the proper maneuver over and over in a controlled setting, it could save your life one day. But, unfortunately, most of the crises we face in life don’t come with a dress rehearsal. There are, however, some crises that are predictable and for which you can and should prepare.

Commercial airplane pilots, as part of their training, are exposed to predictable emergencies in flight simulators so that they can learn how to react in a real crisis. This training teaches them which decisions to make quickly when time is critical. Usually the answers to every flying emergency are readily available, but untrained pilots tend to panic and not think of the options they have in time to prevent tragedy. Private pilots are not required to go through this simulated decision-making process. As a result, private pilots have accidents 200 times more frequently than do commercial airline pilots. You see, it’s not whether your plane stalls that determines whether you live or die; it’s how you react when your plane stalls that determines your fate. How a pilot reacts is dependent on the split-second decisions he or she makes.

In the U.S. Army, the Rangers, an elite fighting force, are required as part of their training to go through rigorous survival training in which they must eat bugs and leaves and suffer extreme physical conditions. This training teaches them that they can do anything they need to do in order to live. This training builds confidence, layer by layer, and leaves well-worn paths and patterns in their brains that they can follow instinctively if they ever encounter a similar situation in real life. They come to believe that even when they are in grave danger, there might be alternatives to death, if they choose to exercise them. This belief allows them to see potential sources of food, shelter and weapons that others might not see.

On June 2, 1995, Captain Scott O’Grady’s F-16 was shot down by a Bosnian Serb surface-to-air missile while trying to enforce the NATO no-fly zone over Bosnia. He was hunted and shot at by the Serbs, but he escaped and survived for six days behind enemy lines by eating grass, leaves, and ants and collecting rainwater to drink. He was ultimately rescued in a harrowing rescue mission. In his book Return With Honor, Captain O’Grady relates two stories that were constantly on his mind while he was evading capture and trying to survive.

The first story was about a man who was stranded eight days in the Arizona desert without food or water. He lost 25 percent of his body weight from lack of water. This is normally fatal. His blood was so thick that his lacerations could not bleed. The man had made every mistake in the book. He survived not because of his training or survival skills, but because of his will to live. He simply refused to die.

The second story was about a civilian pilot who was forced to land on a frozen lake in Canada when his engine failed. He was not hurt. He saw a wooded shoreline approximately two hundred yards away, which was a potential source of food and shelter. He started off across the lake and made it halfway, but not knowing what he would encounter when he got to the woods, he lost hope and returned to the plane. When he arrived at the plane, he smoked a cigar, took a pistol out and shot himself in the head. Less than twenty-four hours later, a rescue team came upon his body. Was it the circumstances that determined his fate or an internal decision that there was no hope?

These two stories kept reminding Captain O’Grady that he must keep believing and keep hoping against hope that he would survive and be rescued. It gave him the motivation and the energy to keep struggling no matter what–and it worked. Captain O’Grady survived and became a national hero. The decision behind his decision was to believe and keep trying. This belief allowed him to see and hear options that kept him alive until he was rescued.

THANK YOU FOR READING THIS EXCERPT!

Remember, if you are buying or selling real estate in Austin, please call Rose Castro at EXIT: Options Realty.
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