Perhaps It's Pugilistic Pondering. . .

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Industry Observer CalBRE #01165532

 

Perhaps 

It's Pugilistic Pondering. . .

 

Surprise! Surprise! I make no claims of being a prize fighter. Most of the bouts I battle are with myself.  And outside any competitive arena.

 

That's likely true for most of us of us as stern self-talks, discussions within our own mind and other memorable monologues have the potential to be a battlegrounds-in-the-making. That is if we don't effectively confront whatever issue seems to be earth-shattering at the time.

 

There may be situations when a resolution may seem unlikely. But then things change and a decision to make a move is deemed right for that situation. And without a referee either. Let's face it, most events in our daily life are not that earth-shattering. Especially if we confront them head on when they are raised.

 

A while back I saw this quote:  Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face.  Okay, that can be a real wake-up call. The words were attributed to Mike Tyson.  More recently, that same quote appeared in the course of an interview I heard unrelated to the previous article. And again, it referred to Mr Tyson as the source.

 

My mind then wandered to Muhammad Ali who was certainly known as a fighter but was so much more than that in my opinion. Muhammad Ali is attributed with this quote: Service to others is in the rent for your room on earth.  While those aren't fighting words per se, they do provide a powerful punch.

 

Rather than take a dive, I will leave any additional sparring words of wisdom to more capable contenders.

 

 

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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Comments (51)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - Happy Friday and Happy Weekend to you as well.  I hope it is an enjoyable one in Montgomery County Maryland.  "They" say we might see some rainfall on Monday.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I have previously used this image so the post came and my memory of using it before followed.  It doesn't always work in that order.  Thanks for the kind comment.

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I have often shared that I am sometimes stuck in "Grammer's Attic" so words are misused.  Talk about another self-talk discussion.  I digress. . .

Cara Marcelle Mancuso - I am not familiar with that candy.  Clever.  I kinda remember when the biting incident occurred but the details are kinda fuzzy.  Sucker-punched maybe???

 

Mar 25, 2022 09:20 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I must agree about your Muhammad Ali quote. The man was a linguist champion. Happy Friday Michael 

Mar 25, 2022 10:51 AM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

You really had me thinking there for a bit, Michael. Keep it up!

Mar 25, 2022 12:51 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael, my father used to say having a conversation with yourself is the best because you are talking to the smartest person:)) now on a side note when did you take the picture of me and not sure I wanted you to post it:)Endre

Mar 25, 2022 11:16 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Really enjoyed reading this as I’m a big admirer of Ali. Although young, I remember his huff and puff before the big Liston fight. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”  But like you, I especially admired the man. “Spirituality is recognizing the divine light that is within us all. It doesn’t belong to one particular religion; it belongs to us all.”

Mar 26, 2022 07:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - Ali was definitely a champion in his use of words.  

Ritu Desai 703-625-4949 - thank you for the comment.  I appreciate it.

Endre Barath, Jr. - I thought you were aware that celebrity-sightings are not restricted and quite common in our area.  🙃

 

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I think it was last year when I watched a documentary about him and learned even more.  Whenever information is given about him I seem to grow more impressed of the man.  

Mar 26, 2022 07:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Michael.

I always appreciate your comments on my posts.

Have a lovely weekend. We have a sunny morning in Maryland but expect rain later in the day.

Mar 26, 2022 07:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Roy Kelley - you're welcome.  I hope you have a nice Saturday and weekend as well.  

Mar 26, 2022 07:32 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I beat myself up a lot and I think it's a good idea to sometimes give yourself a little 'break,' Michael.

I love the quotes, especially Muhammad Ali's - that really hits home to something I was dealing with this week. 

I hope you're well. We're not seeing many pondering posts lately but, SO appreciate them when you do get to it!

Happy Sunday to you...

Mar 26, 2022 11:15 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Debe Maxwell, CRS - thank you for the comment.  As for pondering, it never stops though the posts may not make from thought to publication.  

Mar 27, 2022 06:52 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Mar 27, 2022 07:34 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Well, know we all enjoy them immensely, Michael!

Hope you have a lovely day...

Mar 27, 2022 07:40 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I was looking for another punchline. Pun intended. Happy Sunday Michael 🙂

Mar 27, 2022 01:30 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs I think I have the best conversations with myself . I find that no one listens or argues better with me than myself.  _ Happy Sunday 

Mar 27, 2022 06:44 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Michael:

Your title drew me in and I found your post pondering very worthy of the alliteration in the title.

Ali's quote is a wonderful one - I have to say it's new to me!

Jeff

Mar 30, 2022 11:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Jeff Dowler, CRS - admittedly, I enjoy alliteration.  🙃

Mar 31, 2022 10:59 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Ali was so fun to watch and had so many great one liners like, "float like a butterfly, sing like a bee, his hands can't hit what his eyes can't see."  I love that he also said, "Service to others is the rent for your room on earth."  And I definitely understand as one who was in mixed martial arts for a number of years, Tyson's proclamation, "everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face."  I have been punched in the face hard enough to buckle my knees.  It does create a focus in you not seldom matched, RUN AWAY and re-group.  

All three quotes are similar in nature, focus on what is important, not the superfluous.

Apr 09, 2022 09:12 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty - while I can't speak from experience of being hit in the face in a fight nor of any mixed martial arts activities, I remember being swatted from time to time.  Some lessons sting in more memorable ways.  

Apr 18, 2022 09:54 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I saved both of your quotes. They are so helpful to remember for a range of situations.  Thanks for sharing!

Apr 29, 2022 05:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Lise Howe - I like finding quotes - familiar as well as those new-to-me.  Depending on when they are "found" the message I receive might change and that's another interesting aspect of words.  And timing.  

Apr 30, 2022 03:08 PM