The Path Less Pondered. . .

Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532


The Path Less Pondered 


It might not seem like it but there is far more pondering going on in my head than ever makes its way to a post. 


Preposterous, you say?  Well, it's true.  I do abide by a self-edit panel within my brain as I imagine each of us maintain.  Or at least that is my attempt.  I don't say it works perfectly.  It does have issues on occasion.  Things can certainly go wonky beyond the grounds of the ActiveRain playground.  That's for sure.  


But as an overall rule and standard operating procedure, I prohibit certain pondering to travel from that "safe place". 


I thought about it the other day, actually it happens on many days.  Just because I think it, does not necessarily mean "it" will show up in a post.  Or spoken.  Or communicated in any sort of way. 


If you give people nothingness,

they can ponder

what can be achieved

by that nothingness.   

                                                                  Tadao Ando 


It is somewhat ironic that this is the quote I found for this post as it seemed rather familiar to me.  I searched the author Tadao Ando and even his biography(an architect) looked as if I had researched it previously. 


Hmm, could this pondering be taking a toll on me?  Thanks to the AR search function, I inserted my name along with the name of the author and indeed, found that same quote.  It was, I guess not-so-coincidentally,  a pondering post(from October 2017) but not exactly the same theme as this one.  


I liked it then and I like the quote now.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  Pondering and all. . .   History repeats itself at times.  Lots of things do. . .  



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Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393



Comments (37)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Michael Jacobs - oh that filter.  Mine has failed me at times. The issue with the failure is that once it is out - it is out and there ain't no getting it back. 
Nothingness is my goal in meditation.  When I arrive there it is such a blissful, peaceful place. 

Nov 06, 2020 08:18 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate



Mr. Crappy Says





To quote Cheech and Chong
"This is Good Shit Man"

Nov 06, 2020 08:19 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Michael! I like to think that pondering is the crock pot that brings the initial thoughts to full flavor.

Nov 06, 2020 08:25 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Kathy Streib - I do wonder, if my pondering helps eliminate any possibility of spontaneous combustion.  

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - the need to "veg out" is enormous.  Regardless of what else may be happening. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - exploring differences is a good "project".  

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - know-it-alls exist in all parts of life although they do seem visit the world of real estate more often.  

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - I am channeling the opening from the classic television show Mission Impossible and the magic of self-destruction.

Nov 06, 2020 08:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - I appreciate when Mr. Crappy makes a visit.  He is full of wise words.  Be careful where you step though, just in case.

Rocky Dickerson - I think so.  

Nov 06, 2020 08:32 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I too found Nature's Oval absolutely breathtaking. Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful architect. Lately, I've discoverd when I have spoken freely, I've regretted it. It reminds me that it's not our job to sway others to our point of view. My personal posts and comments in social media, have for the most part, remained neutral this year. It's been the year to self-edit. 

Nov 06, 2020 10:34 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I laughed at you discovering you had already used the quote, because I often am surprised at posts I have written in the past and didn't remember writing.

With my Wordless Wednesday posts, especially...I have to check to make sure I haven't already used a quote or a title. More than once I have come close to repeating.

Nov 06, 2020 12:15 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Sharon Tara - I am sure with a smidgen of scrutiny, I could find sooooo many more examples.  

Nov 06, 2020 12:23 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

as Robert frost said, two roads diverged in a yellow wood...and I hope I do not step in anything on either road.


Nov 06, 2020 02:39 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I apologize for the delay in responding to your comment.  Sometimes I read a comment while on my phone and don't respond until I am back on my laptop.  Anyway, the examples of Ando's architectural skills are rather amazing. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - avoiding landmines of all kinds is a worthy goal.  


Nov 06, 2020 02:50 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Michael.

When I find someone to write about I run a check on AR to make sure I haven't written about them before.  Most of the time I haven't, but on occasion I have.

Nov 07, 2020 12:12 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

James Dray - over the time I have followed your series of posts, I have learned much.  Remembering those stories is another thing.  It's a work in the progress.  To saty the least.  

Nov 07, 2020 03:43 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, pondering on nothingness is meant for Sundays.   I TRY not to work on Sunday and do stuff I personally need to accomplish.

Nov 07, 2020 08:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Joan Cox - whatever works best for you is the right direction.  

Nov 07, 2020 08:52 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

What can we say?  People are just born to ponder.  

Nov 07, 2020 09:52 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Chris Ann Cleland - not only does "stuff" happen, obviously so does "pondering".  Hmm.  A closer relationship between the two?  Perhaps.  

Nov 07, 2020 10:27 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I had to laugh at Kathy Streib's comment, because I thought the very same thing.

I will say that my hubby is a no-filter guy and sometimes I admitedly cringe!! 

Nov 09, 2020 06:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I laugh often at the musings of Kathy Streib as well.  She may be nicey-nice but she is also real.  It's a good combination and she "wears" it well.  Knowing cringe-worthy people helps all of us in my opinion.   

Lessons of Patience.  Times of Reflection.  Compassion and Composure.   So many "paths" one can take.  

Nov 09, 2020 09:53 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

A quote you used will make me Ponder an hour or so Michael Jacobs 

Jan 25, 2021 09:02 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - quotes have also caused me many moments of pondering as well.  Some for hours.  Others for longer.  Much longer.  

Jan 26, 2021 04:17 AM