Looking Both Ways

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Looking Both Ways


Looking Both Ways - Pondering






Look Again.  You know so much in life goes back to the things we learn long ago. 

In real life. 

And in real estate.  So many things "real". 

The basics. Important.  The foundation.  Often it is said that we must return/get back to the basics. 

It may be true in January as we start a new year but it is true throughout the year too. 

I recently saw a man and a young child(I think a boy I imagine about five or six years old being held by hand) crossing the street.  Early morning though already light maybe around 8AM. 

Not crossing in a  crosswalk.  In traffic.  Nothing happened thankfully. 

But lessons  are "out there". 

An opportunity to teach.  And to inform.  To share.  Especially since there is an elementary school just around the corner. 

There is no need to say anything.  Yet there is plenty that can be said. 

I pondered.  What lessons in life are unspoken?  We may

learn them when we are young.  If we are fortunate we continue learning for a lifetime.  


Looking Both Ways


Photo by Michael Jacobs taken at the Gold Line Light Rail Station in South Pasadena, CA


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Pasadena, CA 91102

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Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

I love this post, Michael. Being present is the key to living life well.

Jan 08, 2019 12:02 PM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We agree wholeheartedly.  One of the things we preach is the practice of the fundamentals, because the fundamentals give you the transportation to innovation.  They never ever get old, and yes, you have to look both ways.  And there is nothing more fundamental than human interraction...A

Jan 08, 2019 12:08 PM #2
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Must be the reason the book

"All I Really need to know I learned in kindergarten " was written.  

I can't imagine a parent crossing the street in California traffic not where you should. That's crazy. 

Jan 08, 2019 01:06 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I remember driving slowly by a school a few years ago.  Out of no where I small kid darted out between two parked cars right in front of me.  Had I not been driving quite slowly, that kid would have been seriously hurt.  It had me shaking for a bit.

Jan 08, 2019 04:28 PM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Good Morning Michael Jacobs - As in life, it goes on and "life goes back to the things we learn long ago." You might be interested in checking William Feela post regarding the first tablet.  I have a feeling, you were part of that club. 

Going back to teach the basics is not a bad idea. It can save a life!

Jan 09, 2019 04:58 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

One of the first lessons we learn in life is to look both ways before crossing the street and this has always applied for me in looking at pretty much everything that I do.  I try to look both ways in making decisions.

Jan 09, 2019 05:21 AM #6
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, eyes wide open and look both ways usually keep you out of trouble.   

Jan 09, 2019 07:19 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Michael. This is insightful and thought provoking as well.

Jan 09, 2019 07:37 AM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I agree, Michael.  We should be examples for children and go to the crosswalk and then look both ways in all things.

Jan 09, 2019 10:46 AM #9
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Truthfully Michael,  I never really expected to get this far. Lots of lessons :)

Jan 09, 2019 01:31 PM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

'Back to basics' - 'old school' - whichever, I am a fan, Michael!

And, like you, I've often wondered how many wonderful lessons have never been shared.

Jan 09, 2019 08:35 PM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael it annoys me when adults set bad examples by crossing the street not where one is supposed to... we are teaching the young generations that it is OK to do things Illegally...Endre

Jan 09, 2019 11:26 PM #12
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well that child learned something that day...

the wrong thing, unfortunately.

Hopefully life doesn't give him a lesson tragically because of it.

Jan 10, 2019 07:08 AM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have found Michael Jacobs, through my five grandchildren, that they are like sponges and they love learning.  They can recite to you every reason you should look both ways. I have clients, on the other hand, that don't hear a word I am saying...

Jan 10, 2019 07:46 AM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Once again, being present. It's so imperative that we get out of auto-pilot mode and into deliberate thinking  Thanks again for a great example of how dangerous this can be for all of us. 

Jan 10, 2019 09:55 AM #15
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Michael Jacobs ,

We all have to realize the life lessons we pass on to our children and grandchildren often tend to come from what we do and say each day. Not being mindful and taking the time to do things the right way are observed and repeated by future generations.

Jan 11, 2019 05:07 AM #16
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

My memory's eye can see those lights in the kindergarten classroom.

Jan 12, 2019 07:39 AM #17
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