Monday Morning Motivation, Breathe Before You Speak.

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Monday Morning Motivation,

Breathe Before You Speak.


So many times we open our mouth and say something,

just to wish we could take it back. 

  • a statement that may make us miss a moment,
  • a statement that may change the direction of our day,
  • a statement that may change the way someone feels about you, looks at you, perceives your character.

No matter how you apologize,

once a hurtful statement comes out of your mouth it cannot be taken back.


When my little girl was so excited about the spraying water that even in her clothes she just had to investigate, I could have scolded her and made her change her clothes blah blah blah,...  but we would have missed the moment.  The moment of pure excitement, curiosity, and exploration.  A moment I have captured in my mind and in my heart that will be with me forever. 

Monday Morning Motivation,

Breathe Before You Speak.

(and as my brilliant friend Roger Mucci added, think!)


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Ralph Gorgoglione
John Aaroe Group - Los Angeles, CA
California and Hawaii Real Estate (800) 591-6121

No one can ever achieve success without experiencing failure!

Great life experience for her.

Just save this photo for when she becomes a teenager and makes a decision that Mom thinks is not quite so smart!!

Apr 23, 2012 05:50 PM #11
Richard Yates
Mission Viejo, CA
Broker and Realtor Orange County, California

Laura, I would have commented sooner, but I couldn't stop breathing.  ;-) 

It's always special to see you appear at the top of My SUBSCRIBED to Social Blog Roll.  It was also very nice to share a few minutes on the phone with you the other day.  I'm thrilled, but not surprised, that you're doing so well as a Home Stager and a Realtor.  You're The Man!  Wait!  You certainly are NOT a Man.  But if you were, YOU would definitely be THE MAN.  But you're not, but only because you're a woman.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.  Crap!  How do I get out of this? 

I knew I should have kept breathing and thinking before I started speaking.  I mean writing.  Crap again!  I give up!  Have a nice week and best wishes always.   

Apr 23, 2012 06:10 PM #12
Joni Staples
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
I'm trying.... But it's that old adage to THINK before I speak that keeps getting in the way! I like your way better! I don't have to think! Just breathe! :))))
Apr 23, 2012 06:14 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Laura- I love this and love "breathe before you speak".And I have to admit that sometimes this old mouth pops open and I'm not crazy about what comes out.  We could all benefit from taking a breath. 

Apr 23, 2012 06:17 PM #14
John M. Scott
BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties - San Francisco, CA
Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area

Laura, my youngest Chow Chow has a fascination with spraying water too. I can't water the garden with him out there without him getting wet.

Breathing before you speak - sometimes it means a lot of things. Do I want to hurt this person, can I win if I do, do I want to reveal too much about myself. Sometimes you have to think and weigh the odds of what you really want to accomplish. Good post!

Apr 23, 2012 06:27 PM #15
Steve Queen
Exit Realty - Bowie, MD
Chosen Realtor for Bowie And Laurel

Laura we are all guilty of this and especially I so I really enjoyed your post. This was one of my 2012 resolutions!

Apr 23, 2012 06:30 PM #16
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Laura, cute photo, so innocent. Believe it or not, but I have had occasions where my mouth opened before my brain caught on, so embarrassing.

Apr 23, 2012 06:59 PM #17
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Ah, Laura - the art of speaking.  I know of a few times I sure wish I could take back things I said - if ONLY.  Love the photo.  

Apr 23, 2012 07:44 PM #18
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Laura, my dad always used to say something like: "Be sure your brain is in gear before you open your mouth"....and when that rule was ignored...he usually followed it up with "open mouth...insert foot".

Apr 23, 2012 08:55 PM #19
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I love the words of wisdom Laura. Too often we don't take the time to think before we speak.

Apr 24, 2012 01:04 AM #20
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Laura.  What a great photo also terrific words to live by.  Thanks.  I hope all is well.

Apr 24, 2012 01:56 AM #21
Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer
Laura. That photo is priceless. I love children. They live in the moment. Things are exciting and new and fun. Ah, childhood and the innocence of the day.
Apr 24, 2012 04:08 AM #22
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Featured in the Group Bananatude cause you got the ultimate "Tude."  What a wonderful way to start anyday (Monday or otherwise).

Apr 24, 2012 04:40 AM #23
Cathy Criado
Green Commercial Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Very cute story, thanks for sharing. I like to say its like toothpaste. Once you squeeze it out it can't be put back inside, no matter how hard you try!

Apr 24, 2012 10:44 AM #24
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Amazing advice and such a sweet picture to go along with it.  Love, love, love the overalls!

Apr 24, 2012 11:40 AM #25
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Awe, you guys ROCK!!! 

It was a long day today but I'll be back tomorrow to comment to each of you.  Thanks guys, just the encouragement I needed tonight!  Big hugs to all of you!  :)

Apr 24, 2012 07:56 PM #26
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Great Idea Ralph!  I think she'll appreciate it greatly.  Hope you have a great rest of the week!  :)

Richard, it is always a pleasure to talk to you on the phone even when I quickly get what I need and run off!  Just using you and abusing you!  LOL!!!  Now, just breathe,....  Life is much better with plenty of oxygen in our lungs so fill the lungs and clear the mind.  :)

I have had to do a lot of that breathing lately Joni, and it is helping!  Whew, what a world this Real Estate is!!!  :)

As tough as it is Kathy, I am learning to do just that!  Breathe and think,... breathe and think,... Funny how other folks tend to put their foot in their mouths when you do that!  :)

Excellent points John and it's amazing how quickly all those thoughts can go through ones mind!  I bet your chow's really do love the water.  With all that fluff, it must feel great!

Apr 25, 2012 06:42 PM #27
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Steve, I wish you the very best in fulfilling that New Year's resolution!  It's a tough one, but you can do it.  :)

Oh Ed Silva, there is no way I could possibly ever believe that!  Hee hee hee, okay maybe just a little bit.  Glad you liked the photo my friend.  :)D

Yes Julie, me too.  But I am getting very good at taking care not to speak before thinking.  Most of the time anyhow.  Aint that little gal a cutie!  :9

Ha ha Nick, it is; "Be sure to engage brain before putting mouth in gear."  I know that one well!  My mom's favorite phrase was the open mouth insert foot!  LOL  I hear her voice in my head often!  :6

Ah yes Tom, and many a regret and apology because of it.  Wishing you well my friend.  :)



Apr 25, 2012 07:05 PM #28
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

Thank you Conrad, yes.  All is well and I hope all is well for you too.  How's the knee? 

They do live in the moment my Zinger friend, that they do!  And having them around sure helps us do the same.  :)

Awe Charita, SAWEEEEET!  Thank you.  Wishing you a wonderful week!

Cathy, that is one of the best way's I've heard that put yet!  You hit it right on the head my friend!!!

Why thank you Kerrie!  She's my little Destiny and oh so precious.  How is that adorable nephew of yours doing?

Apr 25, 2012 07:13 PM #29
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Alex is 9 months old and George is now 7 weeks.....they are so cute and changing each day!


Apr 26, 2012 12:47 PM #30
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