Inspire Me

Inspire Me.  Who doesn't like to be inspired?!  Many of us naturally gravitate to people, places and things that make us smile in the depths of our soul =)

Professionals pay thousands of dollars  to attend seminars and conferences that provide encouraging words and accountability.  Others simply take a look around their circle of influence and size up anecdotal hints for a happier, more successful life.  What's your secret? 

I've been blessed with wonderful friends and wise mentors who have left an indeliable mark on my psyche.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes from a few of my favorite peeps who light a flame in my soul.  Perhaps you could add to my repertoire of happiness ;-)  


1.  Those that are the hardest to love, need love the most. - Mom (1971)

2.  What would Jesus do? - Jean Turkish (1974)

3.  You're a champion. - Dad (1979)

4.  Major on the majors, and minor on the minors. - Dave Ludwig (1986)

5.  You can do it kid! - Don Rist (2000)

6.  Show up like a grown-up. - Dr. Robin Smith (2006)

7.  When people reveal themselves to you, believe them the first time. - Maya Angelou (2011)


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Comment balloon 16 commentsMelinda (Mel) Peterson • February 09 2015 11:06AM


One of the most influential quotes for myself is closely akin to your #4 but the source of mine is a bit older: Render on to Caesar what is Caesar's and render on to God what is God's. My paraphrase would be: recognise what belongs to the world and leave it to the world, Recognise what is spiritual, embrace it and respect it as spiritual. 

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm Owner/Broker National Marketing Realtors (National Marketing Realtors) over 2 years ago

Great quotes to start off the week! Thanks for the inspiration. 

Posted by Rob Marken, 25+ years experience in Bend (Bend River Realty) over 2 years ago

Very familiar with that one... Bob!  Thanks for sharing what inspires you ;)

You're welcome Rob!  The natural beauty of Bend is enough to inspire anyone =)

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 2 years ago


One of my favorites comes from ee cummings, "It takes courage to grow and become who you really are!"  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing (Napa Consultants) over 2 years ago

"Be the change you want to see in the world" -- Gandhi

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) over 2 years ago

They are all great quotes, Melinda, but I love the last one.  So so true.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) over 2 years ago

I do several posts a week Melinda (Mel) Peterson  on what inspires me that day! I try to match an image with each quote and then I look at it all day to inspire myself.

Some like them; other criticize me but the quotes give me peace and that's what I'm looking for... I can't do just market reports!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) over 2 years ago

Love that one... Alexandra!  And isn't that the truth?! 

I do my best to practice that one every day Lottie!  Thank you for sharing!

Sadly, it's taken me awhile to figure that one out... Jane.  Sometimes, I'm so busy sprinkling pixie dust that I fail to notice the obvious

Love that about you Paul!  Who in the world would criticize an inspiring mind?!  Not this gal

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 2 years ago

Mel, #2 and 7 are my favorites. 

How about this one: Love is all there is. All the rest is only an illusion. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 2 years ago

Mel, Love the quotes.


I always liked this one

“Live everyday as if it were your last because someday you’re going to be right.” Muhammad Ali

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

#6 is good unless you are a Professional Clown. There are many great John Wooden quotes. Here is a good one, "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" Happy Tuesday!

Posted by Jeffrey Markell, Production Assistant (loanDepot) over 2 years ago

Kathleen ~ #2 was from my 8th grade mentor... she coined the phrase way before it became popular ;-)  I've never forgotten it!

LOL... Donald!  I do indeed ;-)

Very thought provoking... Jeffrey!   

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 2 years ago

I have to admit that I love Maya Angelou's quote and it is written on my mind as well.  Thank you for sharing what brings warmth to your soul Melinda.

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) over 2 years ago


Here's another great quote I like a lot, “If you’re not fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.” – Vince Lombardi 

Posted by Jeffrey Markell, Production Assistant (loanDepot) over 2 years ago

Good morning Melinda,

OMG..all of these are good including the ones left in your comments..thank you for comforting!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) over 2 years ago

I love the way you put that Joanna... What brings warmth to your soul ;-)

Lol Jeffrey!  Isn't that the truth!

I just love your new pic Dorie!!!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 2 years ago