This Week…Taking the High Road

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This Week…Taking the High Road


My Aunt Berda always said, “Never stoop.” When you’re 9 years old, it takes a while to process that. What the heck does that mean?  She was only about 5 feet tall so did it have anything to do with that?


How beautiful is it to stay silent when someone

expects you to be enraged? (Unknown)

My journey through life has shown me exactly what she meant. 


This week there was an opportunity to see an example of taking the high road. While some may argue that it was staged or that there was a fear on one person’s part of repercussions from others, doesn’t matter. 


Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore. 

Albert Einstein

There are times when events and life call upon us to take a stand…step up to the plate…say that nasty thought. 


And there are other situations when no matter what our moral compass may be telling us…when social norms might say it’s ok to do what we’d like to do…the mature side of us saysTake the High Road. 


Take the high road. There’s a lot less

traffic up there. Dr. Phil McGraw

Of course, what we do is our choice to make. I can’t tell someone they should or should not have “stooped.” However, whatever we do says a lot to the world about who we are. 

Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. Mark Twain



Have a wonderful weekend!


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Comments (34)

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - Lots of great quotes that fit perfectly in the scheme of current events. I often think about Social Media and the influence it has had on our younger generations especially.  In my opinion, we were fortunate not to grow up with it.  When we were young and made mistakes, it didn't follow us around for the rest of our lives.  Now it does. Many people either already have or may regret not taking the high road.  I remember hearing the phrase, "how would you handle yourself if your mom was standing right behind you?".   Some people should think about that more often...

Apr 02, 2022 08:49 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

My Mom taught me this too Kathy.  She always said - If you can't say anything positive than don't say anything, just be quiet and take the high road. I have zero energy to get involved is crazy mean spirited 'talks'.  There just is no point of it to me.

Apr 02, 2022 09:55 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,
I love that last quote by Mark Twain.  It reminds me of the quote by Abe Lincoln:
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

I'm pretty mild-mannered and rarely get angry or lash out. I can tell you, though, when I do people know not to mess with me. 😊

Apr 02, 2022 10:05 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

There are so many Albert Einstein quotes that I like and I remember Kathy. I don't remember this one, but like it!

Apr 02, 2022 11:47 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Kat Palmiotti isn't that a wonderful quote...and so "Mark Twain-ish"

Wayne Martin we think of Mark Twain for his books but his quotes are the best. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel  it's interesting how some things we are told when we are young really stick with us. 

Apr 02, 2022 12:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Roy Kelley I like that quote as well. Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Nina Hollander, Broker I won't back down but I also can take the high road. 

Bill Salvatore - East Valley wishing you the same!!!!

Apr 02, 2022 12:52 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Brian England I agree. In my opinion, it's easy to poke fun and make a joke out of it. It takes brains to make us laugh without mocking someone. 

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I agree with you. It's not easy to let things go...I've been guilty of it. But we have to pick our battles and understand the consequences. 

Apr 02, 2022 12:57 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

We are all guilty of it, I shudder to think of  the moments when I stepped on the soap box. ugh. 

Apr 02, 2022 03:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty well said!!!!  And then after those 15 minutes you wish you could walk everything back. That said, there are important things worth stooping for but we have to b wise enough to know when. 

Joan Cox so true. It's better to learn to count 10 first. 

Apr 02, 2022 01:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

faye schubert I agree!!!   I don't like arguments and disagreements. And yes, our silence can make us winners. 

Michael Jacobs I love his wit.

Apr 02, 2022 01:02 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS Thank you. (I really was referring to an incident at an awards show last weekend)  And yes, taking the high road is the best thing to do. 

Will Hamm Thank you!!!  He wears a cap and so far they don't get close enough to peck his head!!!!

Apr 02, 2022 01:09 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I agree about social media. It makes us say and do things we would not in "real life." And that's a good one about asking ourselves if we would do it if our mothers were standing behind us. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker as much as we want to say something so many times, it's truly better to just remain silent and walk away. 

Apr 02, 2022 01:11 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Carol Williams I'm laughing because I am the same way. I will go head to toe to defend a friend or loved one. 

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 You can always count on Albert Einstein and Mark Twain for good quotes. 

Apr 02, 2022 01:13 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy taking the high road is not easy.  I remember not so long ago a well know president's wife saying "When they take the low road, we take the high road."  Great advice but unfortunately their actions proved more like "When they take the low road, we will take an even lower one."

Apr 02, 2022 02:18 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That's a great collection of quotes and photos, Kathy.  I especially like the words of Einstein, and the picture with the yellow daisy.

Apr 02, 2022 06:06 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Apr 02, 2022 06:07 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I really  like this quote

Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore. 

Albert Einstein

Apr 02, 2022 07:10 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy good for you, I found in my experience taking the high road is not easy.... have you ever seen the movie Schindler's list? Where Schindler is teaching the Camp Commandant to forgive.... and he tries but then goes back to his evil ways.... I am the same way I try but there are times I just can not do it and tell the person what I really think of them, Endre

Apr 02, 2022 10:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

There's  lots of wisdom in your words and these quotes. I think the sign of a emotionally mature person is when they DO take the high road and don't get involved in controversy or an emotional argument.


Apr 03, 2022 09:26 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Kathy Streib 

One thing that troubles me is engaging in hateful political comments. Silence is a GEM!

Apr 03, 2022 12:14 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

"If you must, ALWAYS have the last word . . >
it's not about the argument." 

Reporting live from the high flying disk! ♎💖

Apr 04, 2022 09:20 AM