This Week…Let’s Have a Knee-Jerk Reaction Towards Kindness

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This Week…Let’s Have a Knee-Jerk Reaction Towards Kindness


This is a special weekend when we honor those who served in our Armed Forces and then paid with the ultimate sacrifice. 



 Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid. Bernard Meltzer

We have also had an unthinkable tragedy in Uvalde. We are left reeling with emotions that want to strike back at what happened… find answers to what happened…blame someone or something…and make sure this stops.



Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. 

Leo Buscaglia


Instead of the knee-jerk reaction to ban, fire, and blame…let’s instead have a knee-jerk reaction towards kindness. 



Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind. Henri Frederic Amiel

Kindness is something each of us can control. Each of us can share.  It is within each of us. 


Nothing is gained from name-calling or blaming. Nothing will be gained from turning a deaf ear to someone. Open your hearts…open your minds…open your ears.


Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot be sure or lasting, but the love gained by kindness and moderation is certain and durable. Alexander the Great


Wishing you a beautiful weekend.



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Comments (26)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Kathy... a heart-warming post this morning with wonderful advice. I was just thinking yesterday how tired I am of the blame game and of people jumping to conclusion before all the facts are in.

Instead of the knee-jerk reaction to ban, fire, and blame…let’s instead have a knee-jerk reaction towards kindness.

May 28, 2022 07:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and Thank you for your great blogs that you share with us daily and always with good pictures.

May 28, 2022 09:11 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

I had to turn off the news as there was so much knee-jerk reacting going off and it was doing nobody any good.  I went shopping yesterday for last minute items for our Memorial Day party.  Everyone, once again as the previous day, in the store was extra kind to each other and the workers were extremely helpful and went out of their way to help me.  It appears they all read your post Kathy and for that I'm grateful.  My Mom taught me well, '"If you can't say anything kind, don't say anything - you'll be glad you did".  We all need more kindness, not less.  And especially all those families in Texas and the entire community.

May 28, 2022 10:26 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 think if we taught kindness in school instead of algebra we'd all be way better off.  Algebra should be an elective. Kindness should not!  The smallest acts of kindness can make a big difference.

May 28, 2022 10:30 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I would definitely want to sign up for your qwest towards kindness starting this week Kathy 🤓

May 28, 2022 11:11 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

Our hearts should be with Gold Star families and the families of Uvalde.  I am praying for all...

May 28, 2022 01:04 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy you provide wise sensible advice.  But when emotions run high it is difficult to control them.

May 28, 2022 01:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin couldn't agree more. Those fingers that like to point are all too quick to come out. 

Grant Schneider so true. Showing compassion and kindness is so much better to swallow than harsh words. 

Ray Henson you are so kind!!! It's all using my iPhone apps. 

May 28, 2022 03:49 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Michael Jacobs we have to remember that for every action, there is a consequence. 

Roy Kelley i agree. Hope that you and Chef Dolores have something fun planned this weekend. 

May 28, 2022 03:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty We don"t watch hate pushing shows. Why bring yourself down!!! I agree with you. 

Nina Hollander, Broker Thank you and I so agree. I watched a show this week and the commentator said he was reserving commenting until the facts were out. He did, of course express his concern for the loss of life . 

May 28, 2022 03:53 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Will Hamm Thank you!  I can't wait to see what recipe you'll share with us tomorrow. 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker Thank you!  When we saw people in the park this week everyone was friendly and saying hello. 

May 28, 2022 03:59 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Beautiful quote choices, Kathy. 

Be Kind. Words to live by.

May 28, 2022 04:48 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Carol Williams I can't help but feel that the video games add to the lack of feeling connected. I have never see so many mean-spirited people. 

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS   welcome aboard. I think that your always positive daily quotes go a long way in increasing kindness. 

May 28, 2022 08:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I agree. They all need our prayers, our support, and to not be forgotten. 

George Souto so very true. We have to try. 

May 28, 2022 08:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Sharon Tara Thank you!!!  Good talking with you the other day. 

May 28, 2022 08:57 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

There is an elementary school around the corner from my home.  They often flash the quote, "In a world where you can be anything, be kind!"

May 29, 2022 06:29 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

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May 29, 2022 06:30 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Love this post and the powerful message. As you pointed out "kindness is something each of us can all control! Each of us can share. It is within each of us!"

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


May 29, 2022 12:54 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Beautiful sentiments for our military people and for the horrific act on children and their teachers in Uvalde. Thank goodness one swift act saved many others but the tragedy creates a huge ripple effect of loss, grief and overwhelming sadness. Thank you for writing this Kathy!

May 29, 2022 02:59 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Kathy, I love this. We need to put love and kindness first. I often think about people who were kind and welcoming no matter what. They'd lend a kind smile, a gentle touch or hug, or positive words. They're the ones you walk away feeling better than you did when you arrived. Those are the people I hope to be like.

Jun 01, 2022 05:54 AM