Motivational Monday...An Honorable Spirit

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Motivational Monday...An Honorable Spirit


There was an article I read on Memorial Day about a woman who has “watched over” a World War II soldier’s grave for 74 years. She did not know him nor did she know anything about him.


Who would do that?  As I read more, I learned that she is part of thousands gravesitewho show their gratitude to the soldiers who helped them and others across Europe regain their freedom during World War II


It's more than just an adopted grave. It's cherishing our liberty and our freedom.

Ton Hermes, president of the Foundation for Adopting Graves at the American Cemetery in Margraten

Altruism is innate, but it's not instinctual. Everybody's wired for it, but a switch has to be flipped. David Rakoff


I was very moved by this story. This kind and thoughtful act or gesture to “comfort the people of America” to my knowledge does not get a lot of press here. And yet, they have continued to adopt graves and tend them. In fact, there is a waiting list for people to adopt these graves.


Often the things we do may go unrecognized or acknowledged. And yet, what’s more important?

Doing what your honorable spirit knows his right or doing what will get you honored?

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. Calvin Coolidge



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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kathy Streib ,

I loved your telling us about the woman who looked over a World War 11 soldier's grave for 74 years and didn't even know him! I love this! Calvin Coolidge was so right in his quote ..thank you for sharing.

May 28, 2019 04:54 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... what a wonderful story... so many good ones like this out there but we just don't know about them. My husband was a child who lived in Holland during WWII and was a lookout for his Dad who was in the Dutch resistance.... the article you provided a link to did not surprise me. The Dutch were horribly treated by the Germans because they didn't fall into line... and they have enduring gratitude to Americans since.

May 28, 2019 05:01 AM #8
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Sadly the things that get media attention is the terrible stuff not this wonderful thing or other good works. Love the Calvin Coolidge quote. 

May 28, 2019 05:48 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Kathy - that is a debt of gratitude and amazing when I went and Googled it.

May 28, 2019 06:08 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well the "waiting list" made me very emotional....OMG.

How awesome!

May 28, 2019 06:38 AM #11
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Europeans are very grateful for the freedom the Allies brought to them. Itis often forgotten amidst all the political talk.

May 28, 2019 07:00 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing these links. 

Have an outstanding week.

May 28, 2019 07:03 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is such a wonderful story!  When I have been cemeteries, I have seen that some graves have been neglected.  It would be great to make sure that all graves are being maintained and cared for.  I guess I thought that the person that watches over the cemetery would make sure all graves were maintained well.

May 28, 2019 07:21 AM #14
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

Hi Kathy,
There are many ways to show that we cherish our freedom, aren't there? I love this story and that last quote by Calvin Coolidge is so true! 

May 28, 2019 07:46 AM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

When I was a child, our elderly next door neighbor took care of several graves of veterans over the years.  I doubt it was for 74 years like the lady mentioned in your story though.  Watching my neighbor do what she did, instilled a certain respect for our fallen soldiers.

May 28, 2019 12:58 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Wayne Martin I had to wonder if any of us would do the same for another country. 

Barbara Todaro it's up to each of us to close that divisiveness. 


May 28, 2019 01:21 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donald Urschalitz one of the best I've heard lately. 

Sham Reddy I like that one too. 

Michael Jacobs I was hoping you wouldn't notice I was a day off. (LOL)


May 28, 2019 01:23 PM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sally K. & David L. Hanson those of the kinds of stories I love reading. 

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR I'm surprised I'd never read about it. 

Nina Hollander your husband must have so many stories about that time. Their spirit and dedication are remarkable. 

May 28, 2019 01:28 PM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon Lee it would be nice to hear or read more positive stories. 

Grant Schneider i had to read more after I saw the headline. 

Sharon Tara just think of this tradition being passed down to another generation. 

May 28, 2019 01:31 PM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 unfortunately, much has been forgotten or overlooked by all of the screaming and name-calling. 

Roy Kelley hoping you and Dolores have a wonderful week as well. 

Brian England that is sad, isn't it. 

May 28, 2019 01:35 PM #21
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy it is a special person who does things without expectation of anything in return.

May 28, 2019 03:34 PM #22
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Kathy,  Thank you very much for sharing this story and the quotes.  How can you read somethinglike this and not be moved to do something.  

May 28, 2019 07:57 PM #23
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I don't need to make history to learn from it Kathy Streib 

May 28, 2019 10:52 PM #24
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What an incredible story and all I can say is WOW, that is so wonderful, clearly she was the exception, Endre

May 28, 2019 11:46 PM #25
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

I read the article, what a tribute to a soldier she never met.  It's good to know there are many like her.  

May 29, 2019 01:10 AM #26
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