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Thursday Food for Thought. . .


It was about fifteen years ago (before joining ActiveRain) when I became a Facebook member.  I wasn’t sure how I would fit in.  After all, telling tales and talking about myself was not exactly in my wheelhouse. I chose a different path.  Not by sharing my deepest thoughts or lots of photos but quotes from others.  Although I haven’t done so in a number of years, I am reminded of those days as FB memories show up daily on the site. 


Here are some words of wisdom from February over the years.  The quotes made me think then and they still do, today.  While I'm no longer as active as before, looking back can offer some memorable feelings. Plus, FB continues to offer value as a birthday reminder when my memory bank defaults:


If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

Attributed to Abraham Lincoln


Expect the best, prepare for the worst.

Capitalize on what comes.

Attributed to: Zig Ziglar


An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.  

Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi


A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

Attributed to Duke Ellington


I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.

Attributed to George Bernard Shaw



The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com.  Thank you for visiting today.  I appreciate it. 

Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393




Comments (35)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I love the quotes, Michael.  I'm not as active on Facebook as some.  However, I do like when they send memories when they come up on anniversary dates.  And, FB makes for an easy way to let family and friends know what's going on in my life.

Feb 22, 2024 08:09 PM
Michael Jacobs

Myrl Jeffcoat - like so many things in life, there is good, not-so-good and plenty of that other stuff floating around.  I go pass, sometimes running, but am grateful for much too about what it offers.  Life - Real & Online.   

Feb 23, 2024 01:12 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

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

Feb 22, 2024 08:10 PM
Michael Jacobs

Myrl Jeffcoat - thank you for the feature in OFC group.   I appreciate it.  

Feb 23, 2024 01:13 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Michael Jacobs thank you for sharing these very good list of quotes. When I joined Facebook it was something different that communicate with people not in person.

Feb 22, 2024 09:28 PM
Michael Jacobs

John Pusa - thank you.  

Feb 23, 2024 01:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Love these quotes, a number of which are new to me which is always refreshing.

I am not particularly active on FB, and certainly less so than I used to be. I like the memories that pop up (sometimes) and the birthday reminders are a help.


Feb 23, 2024 09:53 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Jeff Dowler, CRS - like any activity, online or off, seems to experience a life cycle that mimics everything else around us.  A beginning, a middle and then - what's next.  Whether it's FB, AR or something entirely different --- change always plays a part.  

Feb 23, 2024 09:29 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I like your quote selections. 

Personally, I have a much larger and more active following on Facebook than ActiveRain. I do check the birthdays on Facebook every day.

Feb 24, 2024 07:50 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - I have no doubts about that and your FB reach certainly extends beyond the boundaries of the AR community.   I think a post about your social media insights would be interesting since you are active on different sites and for a number of years.  

Feb 24, 2024 09:21 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael and you know I love quotes and these are some great ones to share with us here in the Rain.


Feb 24, 2024 09:34 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - thank you and I am well aware of your appreciation for good quotes too.  I look forward to those you share with the AR community.

Feb 24, 2024 06:43 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Michael, Quotes are very inspirational and useful too. Like you, I am not using FB for the same reasons as when I first started, but I still like to hear about what others are doing. 

Feb 24, 2024 10:07 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jerry Newman - as a check in tool and birthday reminder, Facebook can be very good. In other ways, let's leave it at that.  




Feb 24, 2024 07:07 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - to this day, I still feel awkward about using FaceBook. I'm just not into it. I always questioned the "likes." And I wonder. Does anyone really have that many friends? Or people that really like them?

The quotes you shared are wonderful. I never heard the one by Abe Lincoln before but that was good! And Duke Ellington's resonated strongly with me, because it was one of my resolutions for 2024 - to keep problem solving. 

Thank you for this post. No matter how much you post, you always say a lot in the most positive way.  

Feb 24, 2024 10:22 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - the use of "friend" is something that continues to bother me.  With social media and in real life.  Believe me, there's much I choose to ignore when necessary for my own sanity.  

Feb 24, 2024 07:18 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I love all of the quotes, Michael Jacobs - especially the one by Duke Ellington. I often say that we are project managers, adept at solving all problems (or knowing who to pull in to do so) with Plans A through D on the ready!

Social media is so stressful to me. I'm busy with work and feel the need to keep up with everyone on all platforms. I just can't do it and I refuse to hire anyone to help me. 

Funny about the FB being your first - then coming here...I remember the day we were all learning together how to set up our FB accounts and what to do/say on that platform. Then came business pages and how to title them, what to post there, vs our private accounts, etc. Then, rapidly following FB came the others and I feel like I'm still playing catch-up! Some days, I just ignore it for my own sanity!

Feb 24, 2024 10:35 AM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - although my memory is not crystal clear on the subject, I recall many suggestions that a social media presence was going to change the way we live. I know that's true in some way but so totally off-base in sooooo many others.   

Feb 24, 2024 07:21 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Oh, you're SO right, Michael Jacobs and boy, were they ever wrong?!

Feb 24, 2024 08:40 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Great quotes Michael Jacobs - I think your unique approach to Facebook is actually refreshing...it can be very self-centered on social media.

Feb 24, 2024 12:48 PM
Michael Jacobs

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets - as my time on this planet increases, I am glad I continue to collect perspective.  

Feb 24, 2024 07:23 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

The quote by George Bernard Shaw cracks me up, Michael! Facebook is used for sending out positive messages, a little business and to remain in touch with family & friends. Have zero time for any drama-rama goings on!

Feb 24, 2024 03:38 PM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - that GBS quote is priceless in my opinion.  ❤️❤️❤️

Feb 24, 2024 07:25 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!


Feb 24, 2024 07:51 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Memories  is my favorite part of facebook. Sometimes funny, sometimes bittersweet...I look forward to seeing what memories will be waiting for me each morning.

I often post things purely for the purpose of them popping up again at a later time.

Feb 25, 2024 11:19 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - I am not sure when the memories feature became a part of FB (maybe it was there from the beginning) but I enjoy that aspect of it.  They spark remembrances of what was going on around me at times.  You're right, there is a combination of happy as well as not-so-happy times that "pop up".  

Feb 27, 2024 06:02 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, must have missed this post, sorry!   Great quotes to share, and especially like Zig Ziglar's quote.  These days I mostly post about my fur babies or travel.

Feb 25, 2024 11:26 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - no need to apologize as this reply to your comment was not immediate either.  I know both your feline family and trips are important to you so capturing them on FB makes sense.  

Feb 27, 2024 06:04 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Here I am Michael Jacobs  late for lunch again 

Feb 25, 2024 04:15 PM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - Hannah Williams, as usual you serve your comment right on time.   Thank you. 

Feb 27, 2024 06:05 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

 Great collection of thoughts - sort of like an ActiveRain legacy of notable moments in time, Michael Jacobs 

Feb 27, 2024 09:02 AM
Michael Jacobs

Cara Marcelle Mancuso - you're right, while not automatic like FB, the AR archives chronicle our posting adventures. 

Feb 27, 2024 06:07 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Hello Michael....  Love the quotes and the positive vibe....

My mother always said hope for the best but expect the worst... then deal with it!

She had a way with words!

Feb 27, 2024 11:44 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Michael Jacobs, I love the quote by Abraham Lincoln. I'm not a fan of FB these days, I visit but not very active.

Feb 29, 2024 04:12 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The quotes are sage wisdom ... practice. patience, perseverance. You will profit and progress preparing your plan each day applying each to your production schedule Michael Jacobs

Mar 04, 2024 03:42 AM
Michael Jacobs

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - precisely, perfectly presented.  Happy Monday.  

Mar 04, 2024 04:21 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Michael, I like the image you chose to go with your delectable quotes from previous Februarys.

Mar 08, 2024 07:17 PM
Michael Jacobs

Gloria Todor - thank you.  I have used that image from canstockphoto in the past and think it "says" so much.  

Mar 09, 2024 03:56 AM