Setting the Tone

“What I am remains to be proved by the good I do.” Mary Baker Eddy

A few blocks away from my hotel is The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity. On the flight to Boston yesterday, I recalled seeing an image some time ago of the Mapparium, and I’ve wanted to visit it for many years. I also thought a visit would be a great way to kick off the week, in light of so much recent news. This world-famous, three-story, stained-glass globe symbolizes the global outreach of the Christian Science Monitor’s Publishing Society and their focus on world-consciousness. Many of you know of the Monitor’s reputation for excellent, unbiased journalism. They’ve been awarded the Pulitzer on many occasions. Personally, I first subscribed to publications from the Monitor in high school, when my debate teacher encouraged us to read the daily paper. In an era when people tend to line up in their own news echo chambers, replete with the loud cable news talking heads of our liking, the message of the Monitor is more crucial than ever – regardless of one’s personal belief system – “to ensure no man, and to bless all mankind.” (Written over 100 years ago, of course, that means “humankind” today.) To the religious, agnostic, or atheist alike, their reporting is first-rate.

Advocacy is at the heart of what we do, and while REALTORS® line up on different sides of the aisle politically, we coalesce around issues and causes that support the American Dream of home ownership, under one umbrella of the REALTOR® Party.

I hail from a state which, while often perceived from the outside as being pretty Deep Blue, is actually a pretty good mix of blue and red – so, purple. We’re in a hotly contested governor’s race that in a prior generation would be pretty boring. Our incumbent is a good person – and leads a pretty scandal-free administration. Challenging her is a pro-choice, pro-LGBT rights Republican, who during “normal” times would be considered a nice guy who wants to address problems that the current governor is seen as not tackling head-on. Neither would or should face the vitriol from the other’s deeply entrenched base that we see now. I suspect you have your versions of this in your own state or national races. Ultimately, our ORPAC Trustees chose to give financial support to the challenger, as he demonstrated more willingness to meet, learn about, and support our issues.

As we start the week, it’s so refreshing to meet with colleagues from around the globe and work toward common goals in a spirit of cooperation. Do we always agree? Thank God, NO. That too would be boring. But we know how to disagree agreeably – well, generally. And we carry on like family.

Oh, and photographs aren’t allowed in the Mapparium exhibit, so you’re stuck with my dorky selfie in this post. But if you get a moment, spend the $6 to see the Mapparium for yourself! Make it a great week everyone. We’re all in this together.

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Steve is a principal broker based in Portland Oregon, and maintains a broker license in Wisconsin too. He is serving as 2018 President at the Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and has served in leadership within NAR Global. When he is not selling real estate or leading and coaching his agents, you’ll probably find him on a muddy or dusty running trail.

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