Pondering...Again...On Navel Gazing of Sorts

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Pondering...Again...On Navel Gazing of Sorts


No.  I mean reflection.  Yeah...reflection...that’s it.


Among the definitions that can be found for reflection(via Merriam Webster) you will see:


a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as a result of meditation


consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose

Well, it’s the weekend...and I had a few moments for the purpose of pondering....just some random consideration...an idea or two...

So here I go….finding reflection in the words of others.

Hey...I could be contemplating my navel...right?  Did you know contemplating your navel actually has a name?  Omphaloskepsis.  I love learning new words and especially when I get to use them in the most of random of ways.  Like in this post.    And moments where I digress...

So here are some quotes on the subject of reflection...well, because...I couldn’t find any about omphaloskepsis: 

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress,

and grows brave by reflection.


Thomas Paine


Without reflection, we go blindly on our way,

creating more unintended consequences,

and failing to achieve anything useful.


Margaret J. Wheatley


There are three methods to gaining wisdom.

The first is reflection, which is the highest.

The second is limitation, which is the easiest.

The third is experience, which is the bitterest.




So while it may appear I’m practicing the fine art of omphaloskepsis -- it’s really just some ponderings on reflection.  Just because.  


Published:  May 21, 2017


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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hey that is a nice photo of you as you are pondering.....

Love the quotes and your random thoughts to close out the week.

May 21, 2017 07:44 AM #12
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

To never stop and refelct on how you got where you are, good or bad, is to wander aimlessly.

May 21, 2017 08:38 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Happy Sunday, Michael- I love Margaret Wheatley's quote.  If that's you in the photo..hubba hubba!

May 21, 2017 10:46 AM #14
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I have never really thought much about my navel, haha, but that is definitely an interesting word for it.

May 21, 2017 12:24 PM #15
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

I agree with Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  don't be shy about using your portrait !

May 21, 2017 12:32 PM #16
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael - Normally I focus on content but there's something about this photograph that distracts my thoughts today! 

I'm sure with 100% certainty you really wrote about something great but unfortunately, I can't get past the photograph.

May 21, 2017 01:44 PM #17
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Michael -

"The only man completely at peace is a man without a navel" - Robert Jordan

Nice selfie!

May 21, 2017 02:15 PM #18
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I cannot pronounce it so I will not use it Michael Jacobs rather just eat a navel Orange  Happy Sunday  

May 21, 2017 03:53 PM #19
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Well, where do I begin - I'm reflecting on the post - wait a minute; what was it about again?  Like Susan said, it's hard to get past that pondering photo! 

Omphaloskepsis - Definitely a new one to me. I think I'll stick to my pondering or reflection as I can pronounce them!  I'll keep this one in my dictionary for reading - just not speaking the word!

Have a great week, Michael!

May 21, 2017 05:12 PM #20
Linda Blumenthal
The Corcoran Group - Sales Agent - 631-466-4087 - Westhampton Beach, NY
CBR - Certified Buyers Representative

Well, now I can add a new word to my vocabulary.  Thanks for sharing.

May 21, 2017 05:46 PM #21
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Thanks for the smiles and the new word though I don't think I will remember how to spell it.

May 21, 2017 06:20 PM #22
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Well today looks like your day to ponder.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 21, 2017 06:32 PM #23
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

"At first glance, I that that sentence read, " Opinion formed or a remark made as a result of medication." I suspect that could be true also!

May 22, 2017 03:04 AM #24
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Michael, too big of a word for me to remember but next time I meditate, I will remember this post..that's for sure..oh, btw, nice picture!

May 22, 2017 01:39 PM #25
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

You have a knack for quoting some of the best Michael Jacobs 

May 22, 2017 11:14 PM #26
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Great quotes, Michael. And I learned a new word which I will promptly forget. Made me think of that famous Rodin statue in Paris - The Thinker!


May 23, 2017 07:14 AM #27
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Well, that photo may have made Jeff Dowler think of The Thinker, but it made me think first of a male strip show and second of Dobie Gillis and third of the statue in the Paris garden.

May 23, 2017 07:53 AM #28
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Michael Jacobs excellent quotes and a reflection of what it all means to you. Thank you for sharing.

May 24, 2017 06:42 PM #29
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

That's a very nice piece of eye candy you got there Michael! Honestly too young for me, but adds visual appeal to the post for sure! LOL

May 25, 2017 07:47 AM #30
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Who knew that the Greeks actually had a word for pondering the navel! But I must agree with Sharon Tara - its hard to read the words when looking at the definition on that hunk!

May 25, 2017 04:33 PM #31
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