Motivational Monday...No Quid Pro Quo Expected

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Motivational Monday...No Quid Pro Quo Expected


There are many times when we give with some expectation of something in return...whether it’s friendship, money, favors, referrals... and the list is long. 


However, there are times when your heart opens up and doesn’t even think about what you may or may not get in return.


Sportin’ Woody’s is a local sports bar where my brother and his band...Checkered Past...frequently play. Like so many bars and restaurants across the world, Sportin’ Woody’s had to shut down when the pandemic hit. 


Many friends and patrons of the bar began donating money to the bar to go to the employees. It was to help tide them over while Sportin’ Woody’s was closed. 



Last Thursday, the owner of Sportin’ Woody’s had a private party at the bar to thank all of the people who had helped with funds for her employees. Invited guests did not have to pay for drinks or food. 


When Checkered Past learned of this they offered to play at no charge. 


This is the beauty and joy you get from giving to others without any expectations of something in return. 


The patrons who offered to help with funds for the employees did so without expecting any kind of free drinks or party. 


When the Checkered Past offered to play gratis, they had no idea that patrons there that night would tip them more than what they would have made had they charged the club owner. 


For me, I’d rather read or hear about a story like this where people chip in to help each other expectations other than doing something to help their neighbor. 

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu




*The video is my brother and his band Checkered Past. There’s a retired HPD and retired Secret Service Agent who are in it. My brother, Mike, is the one on the left in the red pants.


Comments (27)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a beautiful story, thank you for sharing. It's wonderful to give without expecting something in return. And sometimes you get more than you gave.

Apr 19, 2021 05:38 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Kat- There have been so many restaurant and bar workers wo have been impacted like many of us, except they were some of the last to be able to open. 

Apr 19, 2021 07:10 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - whenever you have described your brother's band, I have appreciated the cleverness of its name.  Definitely worthy of an "A" for effort and tip your band and your server when you leave.  

Apr 19, 2021 05:41 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Michael- My brother's goal after he retired from the force was to have more time to focus on the band. He now plays in another band so he's always busy!!

Apr 19, 2021 07:15 PM
Jeffrey Richman
Immediate Home Solutions - Waxhaw, NC
Creative Real Estate Specialist

To be able to hear of something like this that is happening during these tumultuous times is fantastic!

Apr 19, 2021 05:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Jeffrey- I agree. Most people here have tipped more when they do carry-out but it's been so hard on this industry. 

Apr 19, 2021 07:16 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, my heart warms when we see "good deeds".  Saw in the news last night a small town restaurant had a Meal Deal wall, where the patrons would give an additional $10  and offer someone a meal that was in need.  GREAT IDEA.

Apr 19, 2021 06:57 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan- I love that idea!!!!   We need to remember these caring actions!

Apr 19, 2021 07:18 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a beautiful story you shared with us, and I appreciate how things came all together at Sportin Woody's and the band.  Generosity brings more generosity...A

Apr 19, 2021 07:03 AM
Kathy Streib

Exactly Ron and Alexandra. It definitely has a ripple effect. 

Apr 19, 2021 07:19 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Kathy! WHat a great event for giving back to those who went beyond to give

Apr 19, 2021 07:08 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Rocky- everyone realized that so many people were suffering in so many different ways. 

Apr 19, 2021 07:21 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello kathy,  It has been rough on people in the bar business with so many shut downs this past year.  We would order carry out on Friday and Saturday nights from to places trying to stay in business.


Apr 19, 2021 07:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Will- we did as well and tried to give a large tip. I'm happy to see many new restaurants opening. 

Apr 19, 2021 07:22 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a heart-warming story and great read and message on this Monday morning. Thanks for sharing it with us.  It has been a difficult ( understatement) year for the bar and restaurant industry.  Like Will Hamm, we did what we could, but for some, it wasn't enough. 

Apr 19, 2021 08:28 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Debb and Bernie- Even though our salons and stores opened last June and our restaurants opened with a limited capacity at first, it was tough on so many people. 

Apr 19, 2021 07:26 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

What a wonderful personal story you shared.  I know I would have enjoyed that music. My husband was shocked when he learned I love hard rock!

Apr 19, 2021 08:51 AM
Kathy Streib

I love it too, Sheri!  Larry is surprised when he gets in the car after I've driven it and the satellite radio is on Prime Country. 

Apr 19, 2021 07:29 PM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

What a great post it is good to see that there are many individuals  still willing to help and give to other's. Thanks for sharing the story. Have a great week ahead.

Apr 19, 2021 09:00 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Kathy, true giving is when it's done without any expectations. When we have a giving, generous heart, the universe will pay back in thousand folds, then again, we should never do it to receive a payback. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

Apr 19, 2021 10:14 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Whata great real life story Kathy!  I love it.  I think a  lot of people in many areas helped each other out way more often than before the pandemic.  Giving from the heart is what my Mom used to call it.

Apr 19, 2021 11:11 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Thanks for sharing good news today.  

Apr 19, 2021 12:24 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy when we give selflessly we get back more than we give.

Must have been a treat to be there for you brother.

Apr 19, 2021 04:18 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

When giving happens without expectation of anything in return, it builds strong families and strong communities.

Apr 19, 2021 05:07 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 19, 2021 05:08 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The saying it's better to give than receive is living with the patrons of that bar.  Well done

Apr 19, 2021 05:35 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

What a wonderful story you shared with us today.  It looks like everyone was having a great time.

Apr 20, 2021 12:09 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kindness on so many levels! And they were all rewarded for it! Great story Kathy.

Fun seeing your brother in action!

Apr 27, 2021 06:55 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy
It is great to see people coming together. Everyone wins!
May 05, 2021 11:01 AM

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