Thankful Thursdays…For the People I Don’t Know

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Thankful Thursdays…For the People I Don’t Know


Sounds a bit confusing, I know, but there are people I see every day who are a part of my life however, I don’t know them. 


Oh, I know some of their names, and there are some I know enough to smile and say “hello” to.. There are a few we stop and chat with on occasion. 



There’s Judith who plays the organ every Sunday…Thad and Wiley, his dog, who always has a big smile on his face (Thad, not the dog) …Sandra who twisted her ankle on a sweet gum tree ball… and many more. 


There is also the gentleman we used to see and say “Good morning” to every day until one day in 2020, we never saw him again. Larry and I wish we knew his name and what happened…did he move away? 


The young lady who assists at the self-check line chat when I’m going through and we act as if we’ve known each other for years. 



I have friends and family whom I cherish. But I also would miss seeing the people I don’t know who make me smile every day…who bring me joy…and who have become a part of my world. 

Life is beautiful not because of the things we see or do.
Life is beautiful because of the people we meet.

Simon Sinek

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Comments (29)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It is always nice to receive a smile or greetings from those we pass.

Enjoy your walks.

Jan 26, 2023 09:51 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley it's  like collecting flowers as you go along. 

Jan 26, 2023 05:11 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

such a nice idea for a post to pay tribute to these people in our lives who we don't technically 'know' but who make our day a little more enjoyable 

Jan 26, 2023 09:53 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe wherever I walk there as always been at least one person who seems lost in their thoughts...never smiling or looking up. I make it my mission to say hello to them. Nothing pushy though because I understand and respect their privacy. I've been lucky enough to get many to look up and respond with a "good morning" 

Jan 26, 2023 05:14 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Kathy there are so many people that I don't really know but are always there in the background making things better.  I can think of so many like this, easily! What a lovely post!

Jan 26, 2023 10:17 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker I remember of the first people I met when we moved to FL. He was a retired Real Estate agent who didn't want to play golf every morning so he worked a few mornings a week bagging groceries. He carried mine out and we chatted all of the time. 

Jan 26, 2023 05:22 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Kathy there is a sweet guy at our local grocery store that always has happy comments to all of us. The other day he saw me coming in the store and he quickly brought me a basket.  I said...that was so sweet of you - thank you!  He smiled.  Nice!

Jan 27, 2023 10:53 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
There are certainly people in my life I don't actually know but have an impact on my life. Thanks for the reminder.

Jan 26, 2023 04:29 PM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams every time I read a comment, it reminds me of another person I don't know who makes me smile. 

Jan 26, 2023 05:23 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy you are right.  When I stop and think about it, there is a number of people who I see on a regular bases whom I have never asked their name.

Jan 26, 2023 04:29 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

What a thoughtful, heartfelt post for Thankful Thursday. I suspect we all have plenty of people who cross our paths, regularly or not, who are area thankful for.


Jan 26, 2023 05:02 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Interesting post:  Hello I know you, but I don't really know you.

Jan 26, 2023 05:34 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true!  Making new friends and reaching out to people should become more of a habit!  

Jan 26, 2023 09:22 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy what a caring post and oh boy we can all take lessons from you. We are too busy grousing about people, Endre

Jan 26, 2023 10:11 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I feel the same way at times since I see the same people every day at Mass yet I don't really know them but I am thankful for them being in my life.

Jan 27, 2023 05:57 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

It can be interesting to rub elbows with folks, but not really know them.  I have similar experiences at the swimming pool at my club.  I see folks there on a regular basis, and often when I become a little more acquainted I'm often surprised at WHO they really are.

Jan 27, 2023 11:34 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Jan 27, 2023 11:38 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. A thought to ponder about how many people I see regularly and even chat worth that I don't really know. Need to pay more attention. Thanks. Enjoy your day.

Jan 28, 2023 04:37 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

You are absolutely right - I am thankful for the people I don't know also!

Jan 28, 2023 05:11 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Years ago a colleague made this statement: "I don't know strangers. I have friends I don't know." Her comment helped me to embrace a different attitude.

Jan 28, 2023 05:39 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy, 

We get so comfortable with people we have known for long periods.  But meeting someone new and discovering who they are is like peeling back an onion one layer at a time.  It is always an exciting venture, and probably why I love sales and my job so much. 

Jan 28, 2023 08:30 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Streib So well said it brought tears to my eyes - So glad Carol Williams featured this  

Jan 28, 2023 01:21 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Growing up I would talk to every stranger I saw.  My mom has always said of me "she never met a stranger" and I have tried over the past few years to remember to be thankful of people who are kind with my words and not just my thoughts.

Jan 28, 2023 01:25 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Such a sweet, heartfelt post. I love this and we all need to take more time to notice those who cross our paths yet, we haven't met them.

Jan 31, 2023 02:36 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

So true Kathy Streib ... you hit this one out of the park!  Thank you.  I am going to make an effort to ask for names and info I am curious about from now on!  Thank you for this inspiring post!

Feb 01, 2023 12:39 PM