Motivational Monday…Watch That Knee

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Home Stager

Motivational Monday…Watch That Knee

Do you remember having a physical exam and your doctor tapping just below your knee with a small rubber mallet? They are looking for an involuntary reaction or reflex. 

 

Of course, the doctor makes sure not to be in front of you so they aren’t the recipient of that swift kick. 

 

 

Today we use the term knee-jerk reaction often when discussing someone’s impulsive response to a situation or comment. 

 

Admittedly, I have been guilty of having knee-jerk reactions. It is something I’m constantly working on. 

We have so much information thrown at us these days… false and semi-true, misinformation and fake…conjecture and manipulative…biased and perspective-driven…how are we to know what is real? 

 

And therein lies the rub. So often what we put out there as our opinion is not really based on much. It’s like building a house on a swampy piece of land. If it’s built on nothing, how much is your opinion worth?

 

Google it…Siri it…Alexa it…Read about it…Take one minute and think  Take the time to learn about the subject matter, not what others or talking heads say you should be thinking.

 

 

As you begin the week, here’s something to try if you are like me and sometimes prone to knee-jerk responses, STOP. Unless you are a first responder, surgeon, or flying a plane, there is time to think. 

 

Likely there will be no consequences if you say “let me think about it.”


How little do they see what really is, who frame their hasty judgment upon that which seems. Daniel Webster

 

The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it. Walter Bagehot

 

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Comments (37)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, knee-jerk reactions can wind up hurting someone (like the doctor in front of us).

Taking time to think is a good thing!

Jun 27, 2022 10:16 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Oh yes a lot of those knee jerk reactions going on right now Kathy. It's always a smart idea to step back, take a break and do your due diligence.  And......be quiet until you know the facts.

Jun 27, 2022 10:29 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

No wiser words could have been written especially in this political climate.  Arizona has our primaries in the first week of August and the ads are in full swing. Just about every ad is about the mud-slinging of each opponent. I will have to do a lot of research to get to the truth.  YIKES!

Jun 27, 2022 10:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Wayne Martin I love how you put it. I need to stop putting the pedal to the metal of my mouth many times. 

Roy Kelley I cannot imagine you having knee jerk responses!!!! Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Jun 27, 2022 11:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Brian England get in line!  I can't tell you how many times I have to hit the "backspace" or "delete" button because of my initial response. 

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  we're all human and it's in our nature to speak up first. 

Jun 27, 2022 11:19 AM
Brian England

It seems that others shared my sentiments even if they didn't voice their opinion, haha.

Jun 27, 2022 01:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I'm working towards that goal. 

Nina Hollander, Broker I keep working on stopping the knee-jerk reaction. And you're so right...no harm comes to us if we want to think about something. 

Jun 27, 2022 11:23 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Beth Atalay I agree...take some time and do your own research. 

Grant Schneider join the club!!!!  I'm working on it though. 

Jun 27, 2022 11:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Joan Cox for sure. We may say or do something that in hindsight we are really going to regret. 

Leanne Smith as in so many things in life, we are works in progress. Wouldn't it be nice if we could bring all four together at the same time. 

Jun 27, 2022 11:35 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you Pat Champion exactly...no one is giving out prizes for being the first to respond unless you're on Jeopardy. 

Michael Jacobs I haven't heard that ...the pause that refreshes...in ages but it is something to keep in mind. And yes...it would be so nice if thoughtfulness made a reemergence. 

Jun 27, 2022 11:38 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist ok, now you've got me laughing!!! When I got a cortisone shot in my hand for a trigger finger, my doctor had me lie down on the table. He'd been kicked in the nether region once too many times!   Keep 'em laughing. 


Jun 27, 2022 11:41 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Life lessons on how to protect the family jewels.  🤣🤣🤣 Kathy Streib 

Jun 27, 2022 12:00 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

My new method, that seem to be working (at least for me). Listen, Think, Speak Kathy 🙂

Jun 27, 2022 12:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Bob "RealMan" Timm we can all use that advice, can't we!

George Souto that is excellent advice!!!  I need to remember that. 

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 the best way is to not listen to the news or other talking heads. 

Jun 27, 2022 01:00 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty maybe some ba by wipes are needed. LOL

Kat Palmiotti I always thought those little mallets were so funny!  

Jun 27, 2022 01:03 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker so much of that going on around the country now. We need to keep calm and process the information. 

Good luck with that Sheri Sperry - MCNE® manipulation of information to play on the emotions of people is running rampant. 

Jun 27, 2022 01:07 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist and for self-protection- always good to remember how sacred those jewels are to certain people. 

Jun 27, 2022 01:56 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

The Calvary Is Coming!

Jun 27, 2022 02:53 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I agree with everything you have written, Kathy. In today's world, I think there is a lot of division by design going on.  Political campaigns feed on that division.

Jun 28, 2022 12:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Lots of wise advice in this post to start the week, and to always keep in mind. Most of the time a knee-jerk reaction is not necessary and could be something regretted. And I think responding impulsively can get to be a habit, just as taking the time to think first can.

Jeff

Jun 28, 2022 12:15 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Love, love, LOVE this Kathy! The truth is definitely the way, many seek it and some reek of hate and discontent because they follow the msm without verifying. It's like trying to get milk from a dried up sow...not happening!

Jun 28, 2022 06:00 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Hi Kathy Streib, I've found we learn as we grow and get better about not having a knee jerk reaction. Have a wonderful July 4th!

Jul 03, 2022 06:36 AM