Where has all the Gold Gone?

Mortgage and Lending with Riverside Home Loans, LLC

I was watching a show on PBS last night about the origin of a map made in the early 1800's.  Yeah I know, this sounds really boring.  Well I don't have cable and there wasn't any thing else on.  Any ways to make a long story short, the map was of an area in Ohio.  The person trying to find out what the map was used for thought that it may have been used for the underground railroad.  It turned out that the map was not used for the underground railroad.  However, there were a large population of Quakers in this particular area of Ohio and the map was probably used for Quakers from the south to make their way to this area of Ohio.  It turns out that there are several maps similar to the map featured in the program. 

The Quakers were very active in the anti-slavery movement and started moving north.  And here is what hit me... the Quakers did not approve of slavery because they based their lives on a simple principal, "Do Unto Others as You Would Want Them to do Unto You." 

I immediately thought of a conversation I had earlier in the day with a Realtor that had been very upset by the way he was being treated during a transaction.  The transaction was supposed to close in the morning and title wasn't getting docs.  The other agent involved wouldn't answer his calls to let him know what was going on.  Title never did get docs and up to this point I still don't think they have.  I understood his frustration.  I think we have all been there at some point and it just makes our blood boil.  Missing deadlines happens.  It stinks, but it does happen.  However, the fact that he was in the dark is not only unacceptable, it is disrespectful.     

I think it all goes back to the golden rule.  There is so much hate and greed in this world.  If we would all just remember this simple principal we would be happier people, our transactions would be more pleasant, and the world would just be a better place in general. 


Comments (5)

George Tallabas
RE/MAX Advantage - Nampa, ID
Idaho Real Estate
Wow Ms. Barrutia...for someone so very young...you have a wealth of wisdom, compassion, and understanding.  You are an awesome young lady.
Aug 28, 2007 02:50 PM
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

You go girl....great post and commentary......

The Golden Rule RULES!!


Aug 28, 2007 07:04 PM
Michael Delp
Mortgage Pro - Telford, PA

I agree with you wholeheartedly. I wish more people would live by the golden rule. It's a pretty simple concept but a lot of people just don't get it. I'm glad that you do.

Aug 28, 2007 11:36 PM
Brian Foxworth SC, GA, FL, & TN Mortgage Loans
Palmetto South Mortgage - Columbia, SC
Especially in this business I see the Golden Rule broken all the time. It seems stranged to get thanked for doing the right thing - but i have realtors and clients tell me that they wish more people in the business would keep their word. It is so easy to forget sometimes how God's basic rules affect our personal and bussiness lives.
Aug 29, 2007 03:50 AM
Portland Oregon Real Estate | Alecia Barnes - Broker
Portland, OR
A great psot, and your point is well taken, we would all like to be treated with respect. It makes the industry that we work in run a lot smoother, and people leave the transaction feeling better about the people they've had to deal with.
Aug 29, 2007 08:39 AM