Grateful for the Goodness In People

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Grateful for the Goodness In People


The news today is made up of bad people doing horrific things. If you read too much of it, you fear for the state of society. 


What lifts me up and keeps me from living in a deep funk when every bit of news I hear or read is bad is the belief that people generally have goodness in them. 



For example, during the World Series,  2 strangers, one an Astros fan, and the other a Phillies fan helped each other get to Houston from Milwaukee on time for the first pitch of Game 1.  


On Halloween night, a homeowner who was attending an Astros viewing party left a large bowl of candy for the Trick or Treaters. She’d done this for 10 years without a problem  Her Ring doorbell caught 2 teens taking all of the candy and dumping the bowl on the ground. The third boy (who may have been with the other 2 ) picked up the bowl and put some of his own candy in the bowl. 


OK, I’m a sucker for these stories. I believe that the majority of people have goodness in them. Maybe it’s been buried for a while, or perhaps it takes something special to bring it out…but it’s there!


There are people who do bad things or are not nice but I have to believe that if they dug deep down, they would be capable of doing an act of kindness. 



The inner kindness in people is there and I have faith in it. All we need is to keep our eyes, ears, and hearts open to see it.



Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness. Anne Frank

This is my fourth entry in the November 2022 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS.

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Comments (22)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - I believe the goodness in people is out there.  And when we, as individuals, regularly behave in ways that underscore it, the more of it we "see".  

Nov 22, 2022 04:31 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs well said  When some observe disruptive behavior getting all of the attention- who do they mimic!

Nov 22, 2022 04:59 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Human Kindness is still our strongest trait, we all can still do a better job. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. 

Nov 22, 2022 04:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley so true! It’s something all of us can work on

Nov 22, 2022 05:00 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

I too believe the majority of people are goodness within.  Unfortunately due to negative conditioning, bad news sells. And that is very sad.

Nov 22, 2022 04:51 AM
Kathy Streib

Leanne Smith for sure! People stop to look at car wrecks, right?

Nov 22, 2022 05:01 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning! I believe most people are kind, or can be kind. I'm not sure everyone can.

Nov 22, 2022 04:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti I agree...there are some people who have no goodness within them...pure evil. 

Nov 22, 2022 05:01 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Loved the Halloween bowl story, Kathy. I'm a sucker for stories like this, myself. And like you I believe more people are good and kind than not.

Nov 22, 2022 05:05 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker if we didn't believe in the goodness in would be miserable. 

Nov 22, 2022 05:02 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Look for the good Kathy Streib . Good advice, healthy reminder. Never give up on a person and consider what could be happening in their life that you and I have no idea about that overwhelms them. Be a helper.

Nov 22, 2022 05:39 AM
Kathy Streib

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 I so agree!!!  There was someone I knew many years ago who could be spoiled and many did not care for her. But when  I saw how much she cared for all children, I knew that there was good in her. 

Nov 22, 2022 05:05 PM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs

Happy Tuesday Morning. You have a lot of comments. Have a great Vacation this week.

Nov 22, 2022 06:21 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Eric Bouler And I always am happy to see you here. 

Nov 22, 2022 05:18 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There are still a lot of good people in the world and I try to find those people while staying away from the others, haha.

Nov 22, 2022 06:36 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England Same here. Sometimes, it's unavoidable though. 

Nov 22, 2022 05:19 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, those "little things" mean so much to people.   Yesterday at the Orlando airport, and older woman did a face plant, and many of us rushed to help her up and ensure she was ok.  

Nov 22, 2022 06:49 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox oh no!!! Hope she is ok and yes, thank you..that is exactly what I'm talking about. 

Nov 22, 2022 05:20 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I continue to be inspired by the angels that walk among us.  It helps ease the pain of so much chaos going on in lives.

Nov 22, 2022 07:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat were it not for them, I can't imagine what life would be like. 

Nov 22, 2022 05:20 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Nov 22, 2022 07:43 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat for the feature in your group. 

Nov 22, 2022 05:23 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Obviously, not saying the world does not have bad people, but the good folks really outnumber them.

Nov 22, 2022 08:15 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty and we need to read and hear more positive stories!!!  

Nov 22, 2022 05:24 PM
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

How sweet was it to read about that trick or treater filling the bowl with their own candy. I really like that story Kathy!

Nov 22, 2022 08:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 me too. If I were his parent I would be so proud!!!

Nov 22, 2022 05:25 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

There is a bit of good in all people and they just need the right inspiration to get it to shine

Nov 22, 2022 09:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva this is so true. Some times doing something good or kind for them may inspire them. 

Nov 22, 2022 05:26 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

You are so spot on about the news and social media.  Unfortunately it is the bad news that catches our attention as humans, and it is what sells advertising for news.  Good post Kathy.  M

Nov 22, 2022 09:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho Your Flag posts are like sharing the good that's out there!!!

Nov 22, 2022 05:27 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy unfortunately bad news sells so that is what is reported.  But there are FAR more  good people than bad people.

Nov 22, 2022 09:20 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto And since bad news sells, the media keeps digging up more of it. 

Nov 22, 2022 05:28 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I like your outlook on humanity! And thanks for sharing the beautiful quote from Anne Frank 

Nov 22, 2022 02:04 PM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Lise Howe After grad school, I did some psychological testing. Some of them were recent parolees. I remember one who'd been in for murder. Speaking with him, I could see that there was good in him. 

Nov 22, 2022 05:30 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

One can find goodness in people where ever you look for it.  I am lucky to have wonderful neighbors.  We look out for each other.

Nov 22, 2022 03:44 PM
Kathy Streib

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I love being able to walk down the street or the park here and see people who are happy and smiling...and willing to help. 

Nov 22, 2022 05:30 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I'm in agreement with Ed Silva - it's there, but for some, it takes a little push to bring kindness to the surface! I will say that my least favorite thing to see in someone is 'fake nice.' I'd so much rather see their true self than to show the world they're something that they really are not. 

Like you, I'm all about making people feel good and showing them every ounce of kindness I can. For me, life is just better that way!

Thanks for all of your gratitude posts, Kathy - they were all positively wonderful! And, if I haven't thanked you lately, thank you for being YOU. You are such an integral part of this AR family and I'm so thankful for you in my life! 

Nov 26, 2022 08:23 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Streib I am lucky to also live in a wonderful community where people help each other and treat each other as family.  People are kind perhaps they are taught to be unkind 

Nov 29, 2022 03:28 PM