This Week...Seeing the Light

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This Week…Seeing the Light

If you’ve been reading the posts for this month’s ActiveRain Challenge…Acts of Kindness | Sharing Love & Joy This Holiday Season, you’ll understand the title. 


Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
The Dalai Lama


Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist and Dr. Paula McDonald are challenging us to share posts about acts of kindness. The ones I’ve read have inspired me and I’m sure others.



Compassion isn't about solutions. It's about giving all the love that you've got.
Cheryl Strayed



From Bob "RealMan" Timm’s post about The Noodle Ministry to Dorie Dillard Austin TX’s post sharing her mission to make Christmas brighter for children, the light shines on helping others. 




Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Lao Tzu


Perhaps the posts will inspire one or all of us to make more of an effort to share what we have with others. I can share with you that when I give to someone else, I am the one receiving much more!



Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.
Roy T. Bennett


Have a wonderful weekend!



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Comments (20)

Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

You don’t often see acts of kindness featured on mainstream media. Focus seems to be on scaring people 

Dec 09, 2023 05:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Edward Gilmartin I agree which is why I don't watch mainstream media. 

Dec 09, 2023 01:17 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I hate the contests, but I have read some of the posts. I like the ones that talk about seeing someone do something nice...third party.

Dec 09, 2023 05:48 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty i know you do!!!   I do enjoy reading the posts and I'm glad you do as well. 

Dec 09, 2023 01:17 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. The posts for the challenge this month are indeed inspiring.  I am always amazed at how I feel when I offer an act of kindness to others, especially when it is spontaneous and without thought, like breathing. Enjoy your day. 

Dec 09, 2023 05:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin These are fun as well as inspiring posts to read!!!

Dec 09, 2023 01:36 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy. I just love, love, love this quote:

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
The Dalai Lama


Dec 09, 2023 05:54 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker it is a favorite quote of mine too!!! Without those the world would be a cold place to live. 

Dec 09, 2023 01:37 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Your post is inspiring with the wonderful quotes you have shared with us. Thank you so much for the mention in your post! I like Nina Hollander, Broker love the Dalai Lama powerful!

Dec 09, 2023 06:19 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX thank you. The posts inspire us and shines light on ways we can be of service. 

Dec 09, 2023 01:52 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Kathy Streib , thank you for your kind words and the mention once again. I am eager to put in a little screen time today to read through the posts on the challenge... once I fully wake up.

Dec 09, 2023 06:21 AM
Kathy Streib

Bob "RealMan" Timm Hope you comment on them and let them know that you enjoyed their post!!!

Dec 09, 2023 01:52 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

There's no feeling in the world that is better than helping someone in times of need.

Dec 09, 2023 07:14 AM
Kathy Streib

faye schubert I couldn't agree more!!!  

Dec 09, 2023 01:53 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello Kathy Streib you highlighted two outstanding posts for the December challenge. I've been inspired reading the entries causing me to donate to causes I may otherwise not have donated to. 

And, for me, it feels better to give than to receive. 

Thank you!

Dec 09, 2023 08:27 AM
Kathy Streib

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist that never changes, does it!?  If I had unlimited funds, I would spend everyday buying for people!

Dec 09, 2023 01:57 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Kathy this months challenge is such a wonderful gift to all of us.  The stories are uplifting as well as heartwarming.  So many good people do so much for others on a regular basis. Lighting tiny little lights along their way!

Dec 09, 2023 08:49 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Anna "Banana" Kruchten they are lighting the way for all of us and sharing ways to give to others. 

Dec 09, 2023 01:58 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

It's important to be a bright light for those whose may be dimmed, Kathy, and giving with no expectations is the best!

Dec 09, 2023 09:09 AM
Kathy Streib

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Couldn't agree more. Give because it's from the heart and what you want to do. 

Dec 09, 2023 01:59 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Kathy, for your excellent quote selections.

Have an outstanding weekend.

Dec 09, 2023 09:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley and you as well. Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Dec 09, 2023 01:59 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Saturday Kathy,  always like quotes in your blogs that you share with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!


Dec 09, 2023 10:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm Glad you enjoyed the quotes. Have a great weekend. 

Dec 09, 2023 02:00 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like all your photos, Kathy.  And, I especially like the quote from the Dalai Lama.

Dec 09, 2023 04:23 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

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Dec 09, 2023 04:23 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy there has been an excellent rang of blog in this month's AR challenge.

Dec 09, 2023 06:29 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It seems that all of the Rainers do kind things for others!  I enjoy reading about acts of kindness!

Dec 10, 2023 05:15 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Kathy,
I am seeing this for the first time, but it sure aligns with my first challenge post.

Dec 10, 2023 01:19 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

No surprise to see so many inspiring posts here in the Rain. We have very generous and caring members!

Dec 10, 2023 02:10 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

What a inspiring post about kindness and some beautiful quotes. What a nice way to spread the word about a very special Challenge this month. I've only written 1 so far but plan for more...and there have been some wonderful entries thus far.


Dec 10, 2023 02:49 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - I haven't been able to get on AR for the weekend.  I just saw Carol Williams post.  I have to strongly agree that Carol's post is in total alignment with this post.  Her post is very powerful.  

Dec 11, 2023 10:13 AM
Carol Williams

Thank you, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Dec 11, 2023 10:16 AM