Motivational Monday…Allowing Dignity in Others

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Motivational Monday…Allowing Dignity in Others


The other day I read a story that has been around on other sites.  It was so simple and reminded me how important it is to allow others to maintain their dignity. 

As the tale goes…*note this was found on the internet/ not from my own mother!**

"I heard my mother asking our neighbor for some salt. I asked her why she was asking them as we had salt at home. She replied: 'It's because they're always asking us for things; they're poor. So I thought I'd ask something small from them so as not to burden them but at the same time make them feel as if we need them too.”


Most people find it hard to ask for help…and yet, there’s something that lights up inside us when we are the ones being asked for our help or our advice.

Being asked for help…either with a project or an answer to something boosts our feelings of self-worth. We need to feel like we're needed...that we have something to offer another person.

When we show our trust in someone else by asking them for something, a "bond" of sorts is created. It opens a two-way door for them to ask you for help when they need it.


Helping others doesn’t always mean giving them your time or money. You can also help others by giving them back their dignity. 


The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity. Jackie Robinson

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Comments (22)

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

It's definitely an act of kindness allowing others to keep their dignity Kathy. Nicely brought to our attention this morning.

Mar 20, 2023 05:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 it's important to remember to help others maintain some dignity even when they are in need of help. 

Mar 20, 2023 09:55 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent post - and great lesson!

Mar 20, 2023 05:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Kat Palmiotti Thank you!!!  I'd never heard that story but found it a good one to share .

Mar 20, 2023 09:56 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Beautiful advice Kathy!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Most people find it hard to ask for help…and yet, there’s something that lights up inside us when we are the ones being asked for our help or our advice.

Mar 20, 2023 05:28 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Sham Reddy CRS I always appreciate your stopping by. 

Mar 20, 2023 09:56 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity. Jackie Robinson

He knew better than many of us.

Mar 20, 2023 05:30 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe you're absolutely right. 

Mar 20, 2023 09:58 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

My feeling is that God has showered me with so many blessings and if I am able to share some of them with others that need them, I look at them as gifts from God, not myself.

Mar 20, 2023 05:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England you're right about that. Therefore we need to share all gifts from God. 

Mar 20, 2023 09:59 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Another great blog Kathy. So very true. Make it a terrific day! bill

Mar 20, 2023 06:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley Thank you and you have a wonderful week. 

Mar 20, 2023 10:01 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, that is a great piece to start the week out with, and to think about.

Mar 20, 2023 06:16 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox I agree. I'll definitely think about it the next time I'm offering help. 

Mar 20, 2023 10:01 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

I saw this little story too on the Internet and the message was so very real. Love how you expanded on it and made us consider the bond we have with others and how it can be strengthen by creating a give and take in asking for help. Dignity....a very important feeling that everyone needs to feel.

Mar 20, 2023 06:36 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I first saw it on Nextdoor then Googled the story to see where it was from. I know that we don't hesitate to give to others  but we need to remember that in the giving we let them keep their dignity. 

Mar 20, 2023 10:05 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - sometimes it's the simplest things that provide the greatest gift.  

Mar 20, 2023 07:29 AM
Kathy Streib

HI Michael Jacobs allowing someone to give back can  be a simple thing. 

Mar 20, 2023 10:06 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is excellent advice to share.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

We have a sunny day in Maryland for the first day of spring. 

Mar 20, 2023 09:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley I'd forgotten that today was the first day of spring. We have overcast skies and will hit 60 degrees. 

Mar 20, 2023 10:07 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Such an important message and lesson. Giving others their dignity is such a gift.

Mar 20, 2023 09:47 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Sharon Tara We all feel good when we are able to help someone out we forget to allow them to help us in some way. 

Mar 20, 2023 10:09 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and thank you for starting the first day of Spring and a start to a new week with a great blog.  Make it a great  day!

Mar 20, 2023 10:43 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Helping others should simply be the easiest thing in the world. Not sure why it is not.

Mar 20, 2023 11:01 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

What a perfect time for this post.  I have been meaning to ask you a huge favor.  😉

Too late, you already gave me my favorite wooden spoon and your friendship.  Thank you!

Mar 20, 2023 01:05 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy some of the most simplest things we can do, can have the biggest impact on someones else's life.

Mar 20, 2023 02:17 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I love the quote about the salt, Kathy.  I hope you are having a wonderful first day of spring.

Mar 20, 2023 04:36 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

What a great inspirational post to start out the spring season. 

Happy First Day of Spring!

Sedona Cottages at Coffeepot Daffodils


Mar 20, 2023 06:22 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Lovely thought to end this day with Kathy!  Thank you! And I so agree.......kindness and allowing others to help in small ways goes a long, long way!

Mar 20, 2023 09:05 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow Kathy Streib  what a lovely post and wow asking for salt is so kind, life is a two way street love it, Endre

Mar 20, 2023 09:45 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

This is priceless Kathy Streib. Love that quote by Robinson also 🙂

Mar 21, 2023 09:57 PM