Motivational Monday...Finding the Positive

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Motivational Monday...Finding the Positive

There is a great deal of Pollyanna in me. It is who I am and it’s way too late in my life to change that. 


During last week's storms, there were so many sad and tragic stories. Not to quotediminish the 5 who died or those who experienced flooding in their homes, there were stories that came out of this that make you feel good about people. 


A group of high school swimmers in Kingwood went around the neighborhood to help with the cleanup. Bystanders risked their own lives to help others out of their flooded vehicles. 


One man driving food supplies in his 18 wheeler found himself stranded along with other drivers on I-10. With his boss's permission, he opened his truck to share what he had. Another driver was a cook, so after locating a grill, they fed between 30-40 people. 


And Houston’s own Mattress Mack, owner of Gallery Furniture, opened his store for those who needed shelter and sent out the store’s trucks to help rescue others. 


Some find the hole when times are tough. It’s easy to see what went wrong or who’s to blame rather than what can be done.  


For example, the school district was criticized for not canceling classes that day. Parents were livid. But as some have said, many of the children have working parents. You can’t send kids home if no one is going to be there. 


I prefer to focus on the teachers who had the children up on benches so they could be above the water and who gave comfort to the children.


And to focus on the parents who quickly raised almost $5,000 for a fund to replace the ruined shoes of the teachers and staff.  


Bad things happen...bad people happen. There’s very little we can do about it. Accept what is and try like heck to find the positive.

 In my early career, there were more negative lessons than positive ones. But I don't think I was looking for the positives enough. Mark Pincus


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Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Speaking of good people I have never seen us rally like the help we have given the people of the Bahamas. The aid from South Florida and other nations just goes to show there are many good people out there. The aid will go on for years from our area and it is a shame our goverment has turned a blind eye to these people.

Sep 23, 2019 05:34 AM #5
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I was watching the new Netflix series about Bill Gates. AMAZING how his foundation is literally turning human waste into power and clean water for 3rd world countries! 
In my counseling biz, I routinely deal with people 'in crisis' and the first thing we want to do is transmute that energy.
"What if the Divine has a better plan, and this event is necessary for your ultimate joy and success?"
Because that is how it works! 


Sep 23, 2019 05:45 AM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Fall Kathy,  That trucker did the right thing to open his truck up with his bosses permission.  Great blog.


Sep 23, 2019 07:39 AM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathy Streib - these are the stories most viewers and listeners miss when watching National TV. What has happened and continues to happen to the people in Houston is a tragedy but there are people who rise above it all and would give the shirt off their back to help another human in need. Houston is strong because of the people who live there. 

Sep 23, 2019 07:45 AM #8
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

There are always good people who step up, unfortunately we do not hear enough about them. Thank you for sharing this positive post this morning. 

Sep 23, 2019 08:08 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib,

I think it is important to find the good in everything. I consider myself a full glass kind of person - not half full or half empty.  We sometimes forget that air makes up whatever liquid is not in the glass!  There is always a positive outcome in negative situations. Like you, I find a learning lesson in all of it. 

Growing up in Houston until 7th grade, I saw the good in people from Texas. To this day, I have a special feeling and connection to the people and the state. 

Sep 23, 2019 08:13 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love hearing the good stories more than the bad ones and even through tragic times, good comes from it.

Sep 23, 2019 08:43 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Finding the positive aspects in any situation is the key to happiness and continuing to help others.  One of my favorite quotes is:

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”



Sep 23, 2019 08:56 AM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Cindy Edwards these stories give you hope and make you proud of your neighbors.

Barbara Todaro individuals do step up!!! BTW one more Happy Birthday Wish!!!


Sep 23, 2019 12:21 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wayne Martin I agree. Why waste time on being negative?! 

Michael Jacobs Rather than mope and complain, these people looked at what they could contribute. 

Donald Urschalitz Floridians really are stepping up!!!  When I lived in Delray one of our neighbors collected clothing and non=perishables to be sent to those in need. 

Sep 23, 2019 12:33 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Candice A. Donofrio we have to be realistic about what occurs and ask ourselves what we can do about it. We can sink into the negative or find a way and do something. 

Sep 23, 2019 12:42 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Will Hamm I love these feel good stories.

Exactly Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP That's why they say Houston Strong!

I agree Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 it's important to shout out these very human acts of kindness.

Sep 23, 2019 12:48 PM #16
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy it is amazing how times like this bring out the best in some people.  Good can be found in tragedy.

Sep 23, 2019 01:02 PM #17
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Kathy Streib, there will always be challenges in life, we have the choice to either sink or rise above. Our attitudes make a great difference. 

Sep 23, 2019 02:32 PM #18
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Tragedy can bring out the best in people or the worst. It sure is nice to hear about the best.

Sep 23, 2019 03:41 PM #19
Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathy Streib it's nice to know another Pollyanna! Perspective is always a choice. I listened to many, many wonderful stories of people helping people in the Houston area. So many good and great people in the world who truly do care about their neighborhoods, especially in times of great need.

Sep 23, 2019 03:41 PM #20
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

You just showed us some of best humans can offer in supporting one another in times of disaster. Thank you for sharing Kathy Streib 

Sep 23, 2019 09:47 PM #21
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

You've written about Mattress Mack before.  I clicked on the link, he is one of the kindest business owners I've read about, in a long time

Sep 24, 2019 12:28 AM #22
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

You certainly did find the much positive! Well done, Kathy!

Sep 25, 2019 01:21 PM #23
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, I love this, Kathy! Just as it was when Hugo came through Charlotte 30 years ago, if you open your heart, the good WILL come out in people! You're so right, you just have to be open to it.

Sep 26, 2019 06:08 PM #24
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