Do that one thing . . .

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Our society seems so disjointed and divided at this time in our history. The truth is, it has been here before, and it has healed and returned to a community before becoming disjointed and divided again. It's a sad cycle that seems to repeat itself, but on a positive note, our freedom gives us the ability to be radically different and still be a community. It's the process of choices all Americans make.

It's obvious that all Americans will never fully believe the same thing, agree on everything or even like the same things, but we can all do that one thing. When I was growing up (a long, long time ago), there was no racial divide in my neighborhood. It was mixed race and it was a community. There was no religious divide. There was no sexual divide. There was no political divide. We were all Americans who were always doing that one thing.

That one thing is simple. It's opening a door for someone. It's offering a smile and a greeting. It's a handshake and a pat on the back. It's saying thank you and you're welcome. It's helping a neighbor shovel his walk. It's carrying a heavy load for someone who is weaker. It is taking a meal to a sick friend, family member or someone you just met. It is tipping the struggling waitress who hasn't provided the best service. It's feeding the stray cat that is hanging around your fence. It's giving someone a ride. It's paying a bill for a financially strapped person. It's offering a compliment. It is donating to a charity, school or church. It's calling a family member who is lonely. It is seeing people who can easily become invisible. 

This list could go on and on and on. I was at our county landfill this morning and I saw a gentleman pull up to a container. He had a very large air conditioner in his truck, and I thought, "There is no way that little old man is going to get that huge AC unit in the container." I walked over and asked if he needed help, and he did. The two of us had to work to get that beast over the edge of the container. He was so grateful, he shared the harrowing story of how he got that big air conditioner out of its previous perch. He thanked and asked if I needed any help. That was my one more thing this morning.

How about you? Have you touched someone today? It could be a phone call, a note, an email, text or a visit. It could be telling the bank teller you appreciate how pleasant she is when you go to the bank. I liked one at my bank so much, I hired her. It could be complimenting a tradesman on a good job, or firefighter for doing his job or a police officer for being willing to risk her life for strangers. 

What would happen if everyone did that one thing? How many fences could be mended, lives changed, relationships restored and good spread everywhere? What would the result be if each one of us committed to do one more thing each day? How many good things could happen if everyone of our friends and neighbors did one more thing? It would be world changing. You can take that to the bank.



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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I love this post. You're right, if we all made "doing that one thing" all the time, a lot of people would have a better day. 

Nov 21, 2018 11:34 AM #1
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Mike,  There's a reason that my daily routine on Facebook is to post a flower, nature shot or pet picture.  It's my small version of "one thing" to hopefully give some others a good start to their day.  Too many use the platform for pure division, and I just can't be a part of that.  Bill

Nov 21, 2018 02:10 PM #2
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Beautiful post and I look to do that one thing on a daily basis.  The secret to this is the “one thing” does more good for me than the recipient!

Nov 21, 2018 05:39 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

"That one thing is simple. It's opening a door for someone. It's offering a smile and a greeting." 

I couldn't agree with those sentences more, Mike!  I had those same thoughts a few days ago.  I do see glimpses of people trying to be extra kind and curteous to one another.  I experienced a little of it earlier this morning at the grocery store. 

Nov 21, 2018 06:19 PM #4
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike.

What a wonderful post for today. Carol Williams , here you go another one for you to consider.  Kathy Streib, what do you think? 

Nov 22, 2018 02:54 AM #5
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Good morning Mike. 
Lovely post.  There are so many opportunities to do that "one thing" and it could, literally, change the world given time.  Thanks for the posts!

Nov 22, 2018 07:05 AM #6
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'm glad I found this post on Thanksgiving.  It is the small stuff we do to treat each other with kindness, to offer a helping hand, that makes us who we are as a society.  

Nov 22, 2018 09:11 AM #7
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Mike - I'm so glad Carol Williams posted this today; great reminder of how much small things matter, and how simple it is for us to add happiness to a person's day.

Nov 24, 2018 04:14 AM #8
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

What a wonderful post and the world would be a much nicer place if everyone did just one thing

Nov 24, 2018 07:29 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Mike - thank you for reminding us of that one more thing.  Being a community of helpers is what counts.

Nov 24, 2018 08:18 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Mike Cooper - I do my best to do that one more thing as many times a day as I can. It is a good reminder for all of us.

Nov 24, 2018 10:05 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I love this post, Mike. Simple acts of kindness can mean so much, for others and for us.


Nov 25, 2018 11:44 AM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Mike, as always, I love your post! I agree, the little things really do have so much meaning to those in need. I know the gentleman was so grateful for your unsolicited help. 

Have a great week ahead...

Nov 25, 2018 03:35 PM #13
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