Carrying That Big Stick. . .

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Carrying That Big Stick

 

 

 

Speak softly and carry a big stick 

 

Often associated with Theodore Roosevelt, the above words  may have originated earlier and by someone else. Regardless of who said it first or under what circumstance, we have likely heard the quote.  And seen it being used in a variety of  ways and as a lesson.   And though not a quote, these rhyming yet taunting words also came to mind:

 

 

Sticks and stones

may break my bones

but names

will never hurt me

 

 

To me, both discussions concerning sticks seem to exist together as well as independently. 

 

Some like carrying big sticks and tossing stones.  Maybe there is a reason.  Something important.  Showing strength.  Being skillful or just in charge.  Victories can happen as well as defeats.  Fist-fighting or worse between combatants can ensue.  

 

And then there are those who ignore them...  Tossing it aside as child's play.   Perhaps it's a strategy.  Things happen. And don't happen.   Now back to twigs and stakes. . .   

 

 

 

 

The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com. 

Posted by

Michael Jacobs

 

CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393

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Michael Jacobs
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Kat Palmiotti - kind of like subliminal advertising, huh?  

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - those are two of the many that came to mind for me.  

Brian England - words matter.  

Joan Cox - I guess it's how one looks at a situation.  

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I can see how one could have that thinking.  

Oct 23, 2020 10:40 AM #16
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Michael Jacobs
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Rocky Dickerson - now you have me wondering. . .    

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - it's definitely not a habit limited to dogs.  The bright, shiny object in life has confused many in its day. 

Will Hamm - it's well-known.  I imagine many live by those words.  

Kathy Streib - I imagine it's been around longer than either of us.  

Oct 23, 2020 10:47 AM #17
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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I must go to my special place and ponder your post Michael Jacobs 😃

Oct 23, 2020 11:08 AM #18
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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In the debate last night (although much more civil than the first debate) lots of sticks and stones were thrown...lol

Oct 23, 2020 11:45 AM #19
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I was just chatting about the "sticks and stones" phrase with a friend yesterday.  We were chatting about how easily offended folks are these days at language.  

Oct 23, 2020 01:04 PM #20
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Sharon Lee
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Two very familiar quotes. My only addition to the conversation is names can hurt you if you allow them to. Harder to ignore when you are in school with peers doing so.

As far as the other quote. I have been told I speak softly and while it isn't my nature to carry a big stick. I do know how to use one if it is necessary.

Oct 23, 2020 03:01 PM #21
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - let us know when you find the "answer". 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - some debates are ongoing.  Any "points" may elude the intended party.  

Chris Ann Cleland - words matter.  Do they matter more(or "less") than "sticks" or "stones"?  

Sharon Lee - another example to be and stay prepared.  

 

Oct 23, 2020 03:10 PM #22
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Words do matter, but I never want to control what other people have the right to say, no matter how ignorant or hateful.  It's always better to know exactly WHO you are dealing with, wouldn't you say?

Oct 23, 2020 03:40 PM #23
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Michael I am with our friend Grant Schneider  just knowing there is the stick is a deterent:)Endre

Oct 23, 2020 10:44 PM #24
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Morning Michael.

Carrying a big stick and smiling, now that is confidence.

Oct 24, 2020 12:18 AM #25
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Michael Jacobs - Well, I must say, I wasn't expecting to see that cute little dog with the big stick in his/her mouth! What a cutie patootie!!!

Oct 24, 2020 03:03 AM #26
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Chris Ann Cleland - that definitely matters as does being and staying aware.  

Endre Barath, Jr.  - as I replied to Grant Schneider, that is a strategy. 

James Dray - confidence is a good thing.  That is especially true when used and not abused.  

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - when I first saw the image, I liked it as well.  

Oct 24, 2020 04:56 AM #27
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Roy Kelley
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Some of those sticks have ended up in fireplaces on this chilly morning in our community.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

Oct 25, 2020 06:52 AM #28
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I hadn't heard the Teddy Roosevelt quote in a long time, Michael. But, I reference the sticks & stones quote quite often when discussing how PC our country has become. We can't say anything without crossing the PC line. Children these days will never understand the sticks & stones reference...ponder material perhaps!

Oct 25, 2020 09:26 PM #29
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Roy Kelley - as temperatures change across the country, that makes sense to me.

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I guess history comes into play with the usage of quotes as perspective is a valuable and necessary part of life.  

Oct 26, 2020 04:11 AM #30
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Sharon Tara
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No sticks or stones for me thank you. I'm a lover, not a fighter. LOL

Oct 26, 2020 03:27 PM #31
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Broom sticks were more popular at home. Those days they meant the authority. My talked back sister got it a lot. I got it once only.  

Nov 21, 2020 08:25 AM #32
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Sharon Tara - sorry for the delay in replying to your comment.  Some things have a way of getting lost in the process and my mind is apparently a member of that group..   Your comment made me think of a spoonful of sugar and I imagine, like Mary Poppins, you use that in the most delightful of ways.  

Sam Shueh - it seems as if you learned your lesson well and quickly.  As for your sister, she likely has another side of the story to tell.  

Nov 21, 2020 02:18 PM #33
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Dear Michael,

The big stick is not my kind of thing. I'd rather spend a bunch of time explaining until folks understand a concept. Love makes things "stick" better.

Nov 21, 2020 09:16 PM #34
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Michael Jacobs
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Dörte Engel - that's very true.  Information is a good adhesive.  

Nov 21, 2020 10:13 PM #35
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