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HONESTY...a Parable

 It's called Honesty, and it will grow in your garden.  Google "honesty" and a plant pops to the top of the charts!  Or the front of the page.  Or something like that.

The plant comes in two varities: an annual version, and the perennial version.  The annual version will grace your garden for a season, so long as it is warmed by the sun and caressed by the rain.

When winter comes, annual Honesty shrivels and dies.

The perennial version of Honesty also graces your garden during the good times of sun and rain.  Unlike its abbreviated sister, however, it is firmly anchored in the garden soil, and the winter snows bother its soul not a bit.

And so in the springtime, it's still there, pushing up fresh tendrils of Honesty for all to see and admire.

The End

Tell us more!  Tell us more! 
My seven grandchildren love it when Grandpa'nArizona (it comes out as one word) makes up stories for them to hear.

To them it's entertainment.  It's attention from a great big man sitting on the floor and answering a million questions.  To me it's a chance to plant a thought, an idea, in their young minds.

If you do this with your children or grandchildren, Honesty makes a particularly good object lesson.  You can buy the pods at a craft store like Michael's.

 The plant first got it's name in the sixteenth century.  Look at the dried pod in Paul Slichter's photograph, and it's easy to see how someone would name the plant "Honesty." 

It's absolutely transparent.  You can see into its innermost being.

Do your real estate clients see your Honesty as the annual variety?  The kind that disappears when things aren't so easy as they were just a year ago?  Or do they see the perennial Honesty that comes through when times are hard? 

I had a stated-income borrower (I lend for a living) suggest to me that his self-employed status might be seen by the underwriter as W-2 employee status if I would only put the name of the corporation who does his payroll as the employer.  After all, that's where his checks have been coming from for years. 

We didn't do that, and we didn't lose the client either.  But if it came down to it, I'd lose the client before I'd keep the loan.  Honestly, I would.

photos courtesy of Wikipedia
and Paul Slichter


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Mortgage lender.

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Offices in Scottsdale, Tucson, and Nogales, AZ, and Albuquerque, NM.

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Comment balloon 22 commentsMike Jones • September 13 2007 03:43AM


Another beautiful post, Mike. Excellent analogy....honesty is one of my favourite flowers in the garden as the seed pods are as pretty as the flowers.

Two wonderful entries in the 'honesty' contest....awesome !


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 13 years ago

Wow. That is self control. Its refreshing to hear stories like this.

Knowing that there are still people like you in our business. 

Posted by Joe Salcedo, Reno Real Estate (Chase International Real Estate) over 13 years ago
This is fantastic, I didn't know this, the analogy is tremendous. Good luck in the contest.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 13 years ago
What a great post.  Yes it is so true that Honesty will show through.  I want my reputation to shine through as someone who does good for their customers and I will stay true and Honest even if it means losing a customer.
Posted by Linda Reynolds, Bradenton Real Estate (Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds) over 13 years ago
EXCELLENT POST!  What a provocative question - is your honesty an annual or perennial variety?  You've certainly found your voice.
Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) over 13 years ago

Jo, I love the British spelling of favorite.  It has class.  Thank you for hosting the contest; you're a dear.

Joe, I'm not unusual.  Our industries are full of honest individuals who look out for the client's best interest.  We don't usually have the headlines, though, do we?

Missy, thanks for visiting and commenting.  I need to go visit your blog.

Linda, I'm sure your reputation does shine through!  Thanks for leaving a comment.  I'll reciprocate.

Marlene, you're a favorite of mine because you're so very encouraging.  Thank you!

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago
I never heard of the honesty plant, honestly.  Thanks for sharing and making the analogy.  Good post.
Posted by Dan Forbes over 13 years ago

Howdy Mike

This is a very fine post. Good to the eye, good to read. Thank you for sharing.

Good luck in the contest.

Have a good one

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 13 years ago

Dan, honestly, neither had I.  Thanks for coming back to my blog.

Dale, I like your comment--"good to the eye..."  Thanks much

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago
Great analogy Mike...I think I'll go with perennial!
Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 13 years ago
Mike great post!  I've seen those plants but never knew their name was Honesty!  I love the idea of filling our childrens minds and planting seeds.  As for the client who wanted me to lie, I'd lose the client before lying for him/her.  Good for you for sticking to your beliefs and not wavering just to close a deal!
Posted by Sandy Noll, Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island ((RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878) over 13 years ago
Mike, Nice analogy, and I like what you did with your client.  but mostly I liked how you described the transparency :)
Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 13 years ago

Joan, I knew you would!  Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Sandy, until I googled Honesty, neither did I!  It's good to see you again.

Kathy, the transparent shell was my inspiration for the post.  Thanks for coming to visit!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago
Thanks Mike!  It's been a busy busy week.  I was just telling a friend and fellow AR member that I haven't been on all week.  Then I called my mom and she said you hadn't heard from me.........thought I better get to bloggin'!
Posted by Sandy Noll, Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island ((RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878) over 13 years ago
Sandy, you go, Girl! 
Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago
Great Post and food for thought, if we have nothing else, we have our integrity.  I'll borrow the analogy to plant in my children, no grandkids yet....Thanks Mike!
Posted by Christine Melcher, The Loan Lady (Fifth Third Bank) over 13 years ago

this is a beautiful post in thought, visual, and word.  thank you so much for sharing!


Posted by Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives (First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty) over 13 years ago
what a beautiful world it would be if everyone functioned like that! thank you! you put forth positive energy and it effects all of us! again, thank you!
Posted by Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional, AHWD (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 13 years ago
Mike, What a beautiful post and pictures to go along with it.  Funny that I've never heard of an Honesty Plant---thank you so much for sharing!
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 13 years ago

Chris, I like your comment "food for thought."  We do need to feed our brains to keep 'em active.  Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Janie, I appreciate the compliment, and will look for you again.  I'm off to check out your blog and reciprocate the comment.

Bill & Barbara Jo, thanks for visiting and commenting, and for adding me as an associate.  Come back soon.

Carole, I love to garden, and had never heard the name of this plant until I went to Wikipedia.  I'm an old dog, but I'm learning new tricks.  Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 13 years ago

What a beautiful analogy Mike! Definately will share this with my little ones! And I hope our clients can see our Honesty in the Winter as well as in the Spring. It is our goal anyway. We don't know any other way to do business.

I just love reading your posts! (Can you tell- I'm going all the way back to posts from a year ago!) You really are like our AR mentor! Thank you Mike!

Posted by The Dunn Team Real Estate by The Book (Exit Realty Tri County) over 12 years ago

That was a great post!  Thanks for the heads up.  I love Grandpan'Arizona..how sweet.  You have to plant those ideas in the young minds early and often. 

I used to have an honesty plant...I had forgotten.  I think it might be time to acquire one again...given I seem to be the keeper.  


Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) almost 11 years ago

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