This is an old Russian Joke: There are two peasant farmers, and each has a cow that is skin and bones. Suddenly, one of the cows starts to gain weight and provide way more milk, making its owner prosperous. The farmer with the skinny cow becomes increasingly miserable, and a fairy comes to him and offers to fulfill one wish. “Kill my neighbor’s cow,” the farmer replies.
I like this joke b/c we occasionally run into underwriters, appraisers, and regulators in the mortgage and real estate industry who seem to have this mindset.
This is just a reality we have to accept without getting angry.
It is also very important to not succumb to the temptation to see every person presenting obstacles as someone who wants to “kill our cow;” they are more often than not just doing their job.
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