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Thankful Thursdays…For Good People

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Thankful Thursdays…For Good People


You can always count on disasters to bring out the good that exists in people. And for that, I am grateful. 


Why? I’m not grateful for the disasters but sometimes the “good” in people takes a backseat to whatever is happening in our lives.  

This past week, I read or witnessed people willing to share what they had (water, food) with neighbors and strangers. 


~Thank goodness for Social Media. Say what you will about Facebook and Nextdoor but I am thankful for my neighborhood group and the contributors who kept us informed. 

People took their time to share updates…what gas stations had gas…what stores had ice…and how to handle the mosquitos. 


~Thank you to the many who drove in from out of state to brave our traffic and humidity to assist our Centerpoint workers. 

~And thank you to those who did not hide their humor, especially at a time when we all needed it. 


Two favorites of mine…

“Has anyone else flipped the bathroom light switch a fazillion times in the last 4 days? No? Just me??”


“Neighbors we have LIGHTS!

If you see our house lit up like CHRISTMAS just know we deserve it.”

We can always find something to be grateful for!



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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - finding an enlightening moment in any situation is a possibility when you have a positive attitude.  

May 23, 2024 05:17 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Michael Jacobs If we're looking for the positive we'll find it. And, of course, ti works the other way as well. seeking the negative, you'll find it as well. 

May 23, 2024 05:24 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That is a good example of the positive aspects of social media!

May 23, 2024 05:27 AM
Kathy Streib

yes Kat Palmiotti that's true. I spend an average of 5 minutes on Facebook daily but during the tornado and outage, I found it helpful.  It was often the only way to get any information. 

May 23, 2024 05:28 PM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Sometimes, we forget what we have until it goes missing, this applies to everything.   Nice post, Kathy!

May 23, 2024 05:36 AM
Kathy Streib

Very true Michael Elliott and sadly, there are still people who have not had their power restored. 

May 23, 2024 05:32 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Seeing goodness from others gives me hope that the world will be ok, even though there is so much evil within it these days.

May 23, 2024 05:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England that's exactly how I feel. This is why it's important to get the feel good stories out there. 

May 23, 2024 05:33 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Imagine if Facebook (as an example) saw themselves as a place for good. We would see a lot more of this.

May 23, 2024 06:00 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty wouldn't that be nice? Sadly, no matter the platform, there is always someone who has to leave a snarky comment. However, I didn't see that many during the storm. 

May 23, 2024 05:34 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

Kathy, Discovering a moment of insight in any circumstance is achievable with an optimistic mindset. Through it all, you have to laugh a little too!

May 23, 2024 07:13 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  Laughter truly is the best medicine. 

May 23, 2024 05:38 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

OMG...flipping the light switch. We can ALL relate to that.

May 23, 2024 07:51 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara Don't you love that!!!  After our power came back on, I was still cautious about turning on a light switch. 

May 23, 2024 05:39 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Kathy, for sharing your power outage experience. Your posts have probably encouraged some of your readers to purchase a generator.

Take care and be safe.

May 23, 2024 08:32 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley If in anyone's budget, I would encourage them to do the research. 

May 23, 2024 05:40 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy, You find out about how great people will come together when something like this happens.  Hope you have great plans for the holiday!


May 23, 2024 08:41 AM
Kathy Streib

HI Will Hamm you definitely do.  No big plans...keeping it simple. 

May 23, 2024 05:42 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I have also seen in times of great need, even those who I would not expect it from, show unexpected kindness.

May 23, 2024 09:38 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto The goodness is there but needs a nudge sometimes. 

May 23, 2024 05:43 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

There is comfort in knowing others are enduring the same challenges.  Not in a bad way, but knowing there is more than yourself rowing the boat so to speak.  Glad all is well with you Kathy.  m

May 23, 2024 10:37 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho  I felt awful today when I saw my neighbor who is over 80. I didn't check on him because his sons live just minutes away. He and his wife do not have a generator but they stayed in their home. His children wanted them to stay with them but they chose to stay at home. 

I should have gone over anyway. 

May 23, 2024 05:47 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

When we have been without we appreciate it so much more when we get it back.

May 23, 2024 12:24 PM
Kathy Streib

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 you should have seen my happy dance!!!  The temps outside were over 90 degrees and it was humid. 

May 23, 2024 05:48 PM
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,
You are certainly right that hard times tend to showcase the good in people. We've had plenty of opportunities to witness this through all the Natural Disasters over the last many years, haven't we? 

May 23, 2024 01:56 PM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams  Maybe God does this to jumpstart the "good" in people. 

May 23, 2024 05:49 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I so recognize the light switch issue as we had a light out in a high hallway and it took a few days for a family member to bring a long enough ladder to replace it.

May 23, 2024 04:09 PM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754  the funny thing is that even after the power was back on, I was cautious about turning on any lights. 

May 23, 2024 05:51 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

The bad times DO tend to bring out the best in people will to help in spite of what they are dealing with. Sounds like social media was, in this case, very positive.


May 23, 2024 04:53 PM
Kathy Streib

Jeff Dowler, CRS normally I go on Facebook to check out photos of my family and friends. But during natural disasters, etc, they do come in handy.   That's how I knew we would get power that night. Different sections of my neighborhood reported their power was back on. 

May 23, 2024 05:54 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved your post and so sad you had to go through all this drama... don't beat yourself up about the neighbor.... if it happens again, I am confident you will go over:)Endre

May 23, 2024 09:58 PM
Kathy Streib

Endre Barath, Jr. trust me, I will.  I get it though, about being too much trouble to go to his children's homes. 

May 25, 2024 06:14 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathy Streib - sometimes in our darkest hours, finding humor to get through it all is the bright light that comes shining through in times when we are tested. I know you went through a lot in Houston. Glad to know you're okay and that some of the best people make bad situations the best neighbors and friends.   

May 24, 2024 04:26 AM
Kathy Streib

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP Thank you. I know that there are people who did not have generators or another place to go. I feel bad for them. We're supposed to have a bad hurricane season this year so I hope they get the power grid taken care of. 

May 25, 2024 06:17 PM