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A Little Act of Kindness….With No Strings Attached (ALOHA)


More often than not, I will extend a helping hand for someone who is in need. It doesn’t take a lot to show someone you care and the rewards can be quite exhilarating when you receive a thank you and a show of appreciation.

 I will do a kind deed with Aloha. This means that when I do a little something for someone from the heart… I do not expect anything in return.   It’s easier to feel no regrets or hold anything against someone. Give with ALOHA 

Otherwise, say NO.

Early in my career, I helped an elderly gentleman (home buyer client ...for three years mind you) to start ‘looking’ at homes while he paid down his VA difference on a short sale in the 80’s.  He remained loyal all those years and in the end he made sure I got a referral fee selling his Big Island land ...and then he bought a townhouse in my complex. He is still there.


I took an elderly gentleman (former rental tenant) out last weekend and he was on top of the world!  We went to Genki Sushi and he enjoyed an abundance of sushi!  He is Japanese you know, and since he’s been in the care home he hasn’t been able to eat the kinds of foods he likes.  We also went to the park and he smiled watching my grandson go around and around and slide down the slides.

From the Heart, with Aloha.

Both of these gentlemen have one thing in common.  They do not have close family members on island that CARE.  One has a sister here that helps take care of a lot of things for him but she feels that he is overbearing. The other has a sister on the mainland who does care but he loves his townhouse and …Hawaii. They both do not take my kindness as weakness. They make sure that I know they appreciate me.


There’s something to be said about a little act of kindness.


It goes a hell of a long way when there are no strings attached.


From the heart, with Aloha.




Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Comment balloon 57 commentsCeleste "SALLY" Cheeseman • October 17 2013 06:02PM


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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) about 6 years ago

Sally the giving spirit is alive and well in your wonderful gestures.  We should all lend a helping hand when we can with no thought of anything more than a thank you when we are done.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 6 years ago

I love what you said ... "Give with Aloha, otherwise say no".  Giving from the heart is so much more rewarding. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 6 years ago

Hi Marti!!!  You ARE the Cookie Monster!!!!  Lol...my grandson loves Cookie Monster...thanks for my Sharp Cookie Recognition!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 6 years ago

Cindy...and if no thank you...then that would be the last time ;)

Kathy: It sure is....and I see so many who 'think' they're doing a good deed but get upset if they need a favor from the same person and EXPECT that they will get something back....because of that time. Yeah, it's not to say we allow others to use us....it's just that we do things...when they arise and feel good about it!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 6 years ago

Congratulations on your kindness. Everyone needs a helping hand at some point in their life. Good for you.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) about 6 years ago

To take an extra 5-10 minutes and truly help or extend a real offer to help means so much and tells about your character! One of the reasons I am a fan and constant commenter... you are AWESOME!

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) about 6 years ago

Bill: No congrats needed....either we do this ...or don't ;)

David: Awwww....that was sweet David. Stay tuned for a November contest coming up!


Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 6 years ago


I would have expected nothing less than this attitude and philosophy of life from you.  ALOHA! I finally got used to saying that and then I had to leave Kaua'i! Don't miss those GD roosters, though. LOL


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) about 6 years ago

Not having strings attached in the key to all happiness. Be good because you want to be good! :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 6 years ago

Jeff: Too funny!  Yeah they are surely the Kauai 'bird' lol. Glad you had a great time Jeff....maybe next time we can get together!

Laura: It sure is indeed. Surely good daily values and beliefs are the way to a good way of life that we carry into our relationships with others

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 6 years ago

Now Jeff, don't malign the Kauai chickens.  Noble birds one and all!!! ggg

Sally, It's the small things that make the biggest impact on others lives.


Posted by Sheila Morales, Your Kauai Hawaii Agent (Kauai Property Shop) about 6 years ago

You are a wonderful gal Sally!  I know you were so kind to contact my son, Carlson, when he was there and didn't know anyone and felt alone.  Just your call perked him right up!  I know you have conflicts with schedules and he left earlier than anticipated.  I'm sure you bring such Aloha to the gentleman who have befriended!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 6 years ago


Karma takes care of people like you. Thank you for your kindness.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 6 years ago
Sally, no strings attached is the key. You have a kind heart!
Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 6 years ago

Putting a little something in the karma bank goes a long way.  It's these little acts of kindness that go a long way with the people in your life.

Posted by Bryan Robertson about 6 years ago
You have a great outlook on life Sally. Investing time with people who need assistance or support is never wasted.
Posted by Bill and MaryAnn Wagner, Jersey Shore and South Jersey Real Estate (Wagner Real Estate Group) about 6 years ago

No strings attached is the only way to do a kindness. I'm a firm believer that good karma is cancelled if you expect something back in return. BTW, elderly tend to be much more loyal than younger generations.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) about 6 years ago

One who practices this for the right reasons have made good use of their earthly time

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 6 years ago

You can't hide behind an ALOHA Sally. .you are a special kind person. .period . .real estate agent or not!


Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 6 years ago

Sally, you are so right give from the heart with no strings attached or don't give at all.  I am sure these gentlemen appreciate all you do for them. 

Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) about 6 years ago

Putting together a real estate transaction that closes is a very nice thing.  But living you life through the eyes of kindness makes the world a better place.

Posted by Jean Jannopoulo, Robert Slack LLC (Love where you live) about 6 years ago

I'm a firm believer that God puts us where we need to be. 

Posted by Jeanne Gregory, The most important home I sell is YOURS! (RE/MAX Southwest) about 6 years ago

Aloha, I like doing things in this fashion. It makes you feel so good especial with older people. If you take the time to talk with them most of them have had interesting and wonderful lives. There is not greater reward than having the privilege to spend time with them.

Posted by Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life (Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com) about 6 years ago

Sally,  The world needs more kindness.  Doing things for others with no strings attached makes me feel good.  If only more people felt how good it feels perhaps more people would do things from the heart with no strings attached ... it can change the world.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 6 years ago


I would have expected nothing less of you!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 6 years ago

This goes along with my dad's advice to never "loan" money, just give it! 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 6 years ago


Anyone who reads your blogs will know that you have a big heart.  I feel proud of you and your actions you should too.  Take care.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) about 6 years ago

I absolutely love your "aloha" heart Sally!  No strings attached.  :)

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA about 6 years ago

It feel great to me to help folks who have little family to do things for them.  The reward is in helping.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 6 years ago

Lovely Sally, we all need to do more of that. The blessings come back to the doer.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 6 years ago

It's not a hard task to give a little time to someone who  obviously needs it. Everyone needs a liitle live, right?  

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 6 years ago

 Carla: well, I was all prepared ...only to find out he left!..just know that should you or your family ever come again...coffee on me!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 6 years ago

Doing something for someone with no expectation of anything other than satisfaction inside is really what life is all about. 

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) about 6 years ago

True Aloha spirit!  Good on you, it will always come back to you.

Posted by John Dotson, The experience to get you to the other side! (Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC) about 6 years ago

Having met you in person, Sally, that is just like you to be generous, outgoing, loving, and charitable.  Heading to your state (Maui with my wife) yet this year and again next year (also Maui but with my wife, 4 kids, their spouses, and 11 grandkids).

Always a pleasure reading your thoughtful blogs!

Posted by Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes (At Home Kansas Team Powered by Keller Williams Partners Inc / www.AskRobLang.com) about 6 years ago

Good thing I looked at my responses lol. I was typing from my phone...then gave up last night. lol

Rob:  Seems everyone heads to Maui. Try Kauai too Rob!  In any event, you'll love it over and over and over. :)  It's been awhile yeah?  Wow, five years ago!!  Thank you for you generous outpouring comment that made me blush teehee!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 6 years ago

Some of my best immediate "returns" were from starting a Boy Scout troop at a school for the handicapped. Long range "returns" were from teaching local high school drummers (mostly for free - did get paid a little the last year) who on their 20th Class Reunion, brought THEIR kids by my music store to meet me.

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker, email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846 (iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\) about 6 years ago

I have practiced this on several occasions in the past - - I need to concentrate on doing it more often. Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Keith Whited (RE/MAX Gateway) about 6 years ago

Aloha and mahalo nui loa for your kokua.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) about 6 years ago

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Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 6 years ago

A woman after my own heart. "A big heart beats stronger"  

Posted by Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen" (Rossi & Riina Real Estate) about 6 years ago

"Little acts of kindness" are the most valuable thing we can do in life to make a difference in the lives of others.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 6 years ago

Stories like this warm my heart.  We need to take time out daily to think of others and step outside our normal daily routine.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) about 6 years ago

Good morning Sally. Kindnes is strength not weakness and more importantly I believe a special awareness. Good for you.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 6 years ago
Living by the ' you get by giving' philosophy makes for a fulfilling journey. Thanks to Kathy for adding this post to her weekly series.
Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 6 years ago

Agents sometimes get so caught up with all the hustle and bustle that they forget to take a minute to look around.  I've been guilty of it before too many a times... but I constantly pray that I would keep my eyes and ears open for any opportunity that I might have to help someone who needs it.  

Sally, The desire you have to take the time to help someone who doesn't have, is so wonderful!  Keep spreading that aloha spirit :)

Posted by Des & Spiro Kouridakis, - North Orange County Experts (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CA Properties) about 6 years ago

Aloha, Sally. You are a kind soul and good person and I hope the blessings you bestow upon others with your kind acts come back to you many times over. I suspect they will. 

Posted by Julie Bentley, Saint Johns, FL REALTOR (Watson Realty Corp, Jacksonville, FL ) about 6 years ago

Aloha Sally! Thos are indeed good deeds from the heart! You're an extra special lady!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 6 years ago

Celeste, thanks for sharing your story. I agree; a little act of kindness can go a long way! Thanks!

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) about 6 years ago

Blessisngs to you Sally.  When one does things with no expectations and lots of kindness it gives such an inner peace.  Thank you for sharing these two wonderful stories.

Posted by Mary Stewart, Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas (HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone) about 6 years ago

You can never be too nice to people.  Glad you have the time and can do this with them.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Wouldn't the world be a better place if we all practiced these little acts of kindness! Thanks for sharing : ) 

Posted by Donny Carter, Mountain Maryland Real Estate Expert (Carter & Roque Real Estate) about 6 years ago

Sally, what a wonderful story!  Obvioiusly, you receive a big hug on your heart every time you help someone else to you. Kudos to you!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 6 years ago

Hi Sally we have a columnist who regularly writes about RAK or random acts of kindness and gives credit without naming names.

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) almost 6 years ago

I made a little promise to myself the other day....when my daughter and grandson leave I will pick him up and grab my mom (who will be 86) and take them both out to lunch every so often. It may be good for both of them lol

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 6 years ago

Sally~ That's the only way the RAK works...not strings. Just Pay It Forward.

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 6 years ago

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