Shake it off!

Shake it

In our fast-paced egocentric world, it's easy to get peeved when someone pisses in our Cheerios.  We see it all the time with Facebook rants and Boardroom beats.  Oh... the shame that comes (for some) the morning after.

In the midst of a bonafide drama fest, the question we must ask ourselves is... Will any of this really matter in a year from now?  Probably not.  If that's the case, why let it wad your panties?!

A good friend shared the 24-Hour Rule with me some umteen years ago and I've been practicing it ever since.  Although not fully perfected, it has saved me from countless embarrassing humble pie moments.  Here's another remedy for those Cheerio pissing pals.

Thanks to Taylor Swift and her upbeat outlook on life... you can just shake it off!  Seriously... is there anything really that serious worth taking ourselves so seriously?  The visual alone should help you shake it =)



Shake it off! (Giggles from a Cheerleader)


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Comment balloon 27 commentsMelinda (Mel) Peterson • October 21 2014 10:01AM


I like the 24 hour rule. It's a good addition to the 5 second rule? oh...different thigns. :)

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) almost 3 years ago

Melinda the stuff people go nuts about is so crazy to me. Just let it go,shake it off, whatever.....:)

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 3 years ago

Mel,  Great advice.  In the grand scheme of things, so many things just dont matter.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 3 years ago

Things... Thighs... it's all the same, right Karen ;-)

I don't subscribe to crazy Anna Banana... but it provides for good entertainment at times ;-)

Life is grand... Belinda!  Let's shake it baby!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 3 years ago

For me it depends.  I think part of the problem with the country is we "shake off" too much and forget to stand up and speak out for the principles we believe in. And I just flat out refuse to be silent and not stand up for my believes and among other things the constitution.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 3 years ago

I hear ya Miss Tammy!  I've often found in my own life that strongly held-to beliefs can be shaken at times.  Although I'm fairly certain the Constitution will still matter a year from now ;-)

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 3 years ago

Hi Mel - Yup. I'm thinking of Bill Murray in Meatballs - "It Just Doesn't Matter"



Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 3 years ago

OMG... Totally ROTFLMAO Dick!  Thanks for the giggles this fine "It Just Doesn't Matter" kind of day!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 3 years ago

THANKS for the attitude adjustment Mel! Much needed but still may take a trip somewhere...anywhere because in a few weeks it just won't matter!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Residential REALTOR® (Residential, Referrals & Relocation REALTOR at PK Real Estate Utah South) almost 3 years ago

Hi Melinda, thanks for the reminder that we need to just shake things off sometimes.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) almost 3 years ago

Mel, I think your 24 hour rule is a good one! I'm pretty good about letting things go unless someone is hurting a person I care about. Then it becomes a three second rule!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or almost 3 years ago

Take the trip and shake your booty on the way... Wanda ;-)

There's other benefits... we burn a few calories in the process too... Sybil ;-)

Wish I could claim it as original, but a very wise soul imparted it to me.  It's yours now... Tom ;-)  Ditto on the 3-second rule!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 3 years ago

Mel-You and Gayle must have been on the same wavelength because she wrote a post recently about this same topic except she used a dog shaking it off as her metaphor.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 3 years ago

I love Taylor Swift and her fabulous attitude!  GREAT video!  So glad you shared it, thanks!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 3 years ago

Too busy watching some of the dance moves - and hunky guys - I lost track of the point of this post!  (how's that for shaking it off?)  LOL

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) almost 3 years ago

I'll have to check that out Sharon Lee.

Me too Sharon Tara ;-)

LOL Susan... there's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on ;-)

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 3 years ago

Great post mel and there just is not enough time to hold onto grudges. 

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Million $ Guild Member Cert Luxury Home Mkting Spc (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) almost 3 years ago

I use the 24 second rule if I can keep my cool long enough.

Posted by Tammie White, or (615) 495-0752 (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 3 years ago

Hi Mel! Thanks for sharing the video. I hadn't heard it before. Makes me feel good!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 3 years ago

Mel, this industry has a few bumps we endure on occasion, and sometimes it does take a full day to get over it and move on!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 3 years ago

Music has always been an outlet for my mood enhancement. How can you not feel energized after that Mel!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) almost 3 years ago

Even Jesus would agree Kevin... shake the dust from our feet... next!

LOL Tammie!  I only exercise the 24-second rule when it comes to chocolate ;-)

I feel good that you feel good... Donna ;-)

Sometimes it takes more than a day... Joan.  A little wine helps ;-)

Me too... Paul.  It soothes the soul, doesn't it?!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 3 years ago

I also follow the 24 hour rule. I'm getting better at directing traffic on the high road, too.

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) almost 3 years ago

This is good advice for all of us. Shake it off and have a wonderful week.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 3 years ago

I took the extra moments to 'like' the comments on your blog to offer some support and a few points for those bloggers. I hope that other bloggers will also ‘like’ the comments as they visit blogs.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 3 years ago

LOL Chris!  I know who to call if I need help directing traffic on the high road ;-)

I can't imagine anyone pissing in your cheerios Roy... you're the best medicine for making people smile ;-)  Thank you for going the extra mile... as always!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) almost 3 years ago

Mel-icioso! What a PERFECT video to show us all that it just doesn't matter that much...if you're okay with YOU, then, well, that's all that matters. AND, the 24 hour rule--such a good one. 

(By the way, I sure loved all of the different dance genres Taylor used in this--some incredibly talented dancers and then to add just the "regular Joes and Janes" at the end--brilliant!)

Now, I have to go see Bill Murray--who kinda reminded me of my old high school boyfriend, so I have a special place in my heart for him. 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Gateway to the Lake" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) almost 3 years ago