Motivational Monday...Being a Good Neighbor…

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Motivational Monday...Being a Good Neighbor…


Whenever I worry about where we are headed as a society, I have only to look around me at the good deeds that others are doing for their neighbors and often for people they don’t even know. 


A few months ago I saw a post on NextDoor encouraging us to try a local Donut shop that was struggling to stay afloat. Besides dealing with the pandemic and shut-downs, the owner of the retail strip was renovating the complex and to anyone driving by, Mr Donut looked closed. 


As a result of that one post, many in the area made sure to help this small business out, including Larry and me. 


It doesn’t stop there though. You may know that recently, Texas was hit with a terrible winter storm that caused people to go without power and water. Many are still without water because they are on a very long waiting list for a plumber.


When we stopped at Mr. Donut the other day for some Kolaches, we saw this sign on the door. 


This business is paying it back to those who helped him by paying it forward to others.  


We have so many opportunities each day to be a good neighbor. Don’t think about what it might cost you or how much time out of your day it will take. Don’t think about the things you need to do for yourself that day.  That might stop anyone in their tracks. 


Think about the times you’ve been helped by others. Give some thought to what you would need if you were in that situation.

 And then be a good neighbor. 

A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good, but for neglecting his neighbor's. Richard Whately

Comments (28)

Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Kathy Streib kind of the neighborly feeling that we used to have decades ago. "Won't you be my neighbor?"

Mar 01, 2021 06:14 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Hello Kathy Streib - now that is being a good neighbor and a wonderful way to pay it forward ... and paying it back. 

Mar 01, 2021 06:40 AM
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,
The truth is there is far more good going on in the world than bad. Sadly, it is the bad getting the majority of attention. It warps our sense of reality regarding our society as a whole.

Mar 01, 2021 07:06 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a beautiful story and I would have gone in and bought donuts for everyone in line...we don't like donuts...Being kind is innate in all of us, in my opinion there is much chatter in people's minds that they cannot hear their natural kindness.  A

Mar 01, 2021 07:06 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello kathy,  I think this is something that my parents would of done when they had their restaurant.  Lots that they did for otheres rub off on me.


Mar 01, 2021 07:44 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Smart...I bet a few of those folks who stop to get water also might need a wonderful donut  :):)

Mar 01, 2021 09:02 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It's always nice to hear these good news stories! Hoping your donut shop is able to stay in business.

Mar 01, 2021 11:38 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nina Hollander I doesn't take much and it comes back ten-fold.

Barbara Todaro and that's a good thing to do...make it a habit. 

Sharon Lee I agree. If we train ourselves to be open for it, we'll see it. 


Mar 01, 2021 01:04 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wayne Martin it's hard to believe that there are still homes here without water. 

Kat Palmiotti i read that there are plumbers driving in from out of state to help with the pipes. 

 Brian England They energize us. 


Mar 01, 2021 01:23 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Grant Schneider this is so true. It's how life was meant to be. 

Michael Jacobs These are the stories that lift us up. 


Mar 01, 2021 01:24 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rocky Dickerson I think that back then, we knew our neighbors and people didn't move around as much. 

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist I agree!  He's always so friendly when you go in too. 

Mar 01, 2021 01:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I agree Carol Williams And that's a shame. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel you're lucky...I grew up on donuts!!!!  But, I only have them on rare occasion now. 


Mar 01, 2021 01:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Will Hamm I can see that in how you help others and how you helped Debe Maxwell, CRS when she was traveling to CO. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty that could be but to see the sign you would have to be going there anyway. But hopefully they will return. 

Mar 01, 2021 01:43 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Me Too Sharon Tara Their prices are very reasonable and the food is good. 

Mar 01, 2021 01:43 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Kathy,  Thank you so much for sharing this great story.  It does restore one's faith in mankind.  I try to pay it forward as often as I can.

Mar 01, 2021 02:29 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy that is what it is all about and it is heart warming to see people and businesses responding like this.

Mar 01, 2021 03:04 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib

Your post really hit home for me.  What a completely unselfish gesture from Mr. Donut.  Thank you so much for sharing this.  

Mar 01, 2021 05:15 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It doesn't take much to be a good neighbor you just have to make it a habit Kathy Streib 

Mar 01, 2021 08:01 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

We've had several businesses go out of business due to Covid.  Now, I doubt some of those will come back.  

Mar 02, 2021 12:16 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It's great how people help people at the ground level, where it's needed the most.

Mar 03, 2021 12:03 AM

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