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How will You be Remembered?


I watched a YouTube video interview of one of my favorite musicians, Ed Sheeran, and I was intrigued by his incredibly kind and humble demeanor.  When asked about the origin of his good nature, he responded, "I have good parents."


A lovely answer, and one that caused me to reflect upon life in general.  Recently, our Southern Oregon real estate community lost another beloved soul.  It's no surprise that Realtor Jolie Johnson's sudden and unexpected death has generated an outpouring of love on Facebook. 


I was touched by a common thread of adjectives used to describe her... "she was kind, loving, and a gentle spirit."  Her colleague's admiration for her speaks volumes to a life well lived.  It's obvious that love emanated from her veins. 


When it comes right down to it, and the final curtain is drawn, no one cares about the awards you earned, the titles you achieved, or the number of units you sold.  What they remember most is how you made them feel.


How will You be Remembered? 


Melinda Peterson - Real Estate Cafe LLC




Melinda Peterson ~ Principal Broker

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Curator of Happy Endings


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Comment balloon 8 commentsMelinda (Mel) Peterson • February 11 2015 11:14AM


I agree with you. Last year I recieved the REALTOR® of the year award for Oklahoma. What I said as a fumbled my shocked acceptance is that in 20 years I will be a picture on a wall that no one remembers but what i do now that is in the right for the right reasons can have a tremendous effect if even one person is motivated to also do the right thing. 

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 4 years ago

Mel- you are so right about this.  In the end, people won't remember the number of houses we staged or sold, or the rewards on the wall.  But they will remember the kind word you gave them when they most needed it. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Interesting question, worth a lot of reflection, I am sorry to hear of your friends passing Mel.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 4 years ago

I think about that very thing a lot Melinda (Mel) Peterson ! As I go through life it has become my #1 navigation tool... I am so sorry to hear about Jolie. I hadn't heard, but do remember meeting her when I came to Southern Oregon for work back in 2003 - 2009... So true, people remember how you made them feel.

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 4 years ago

Good morning Melinda,

Ah...it's all about the dash between the dates on your headstone....read Barbara Todaro's post on the inspiration her Broker wrote them on Monday:).

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 4 years ago

None of it means a thing if you ain't got that swing... sounds like you do Joe ;-)

And you are one kind soul indeed... Miss Kathy!

Awww... thanks Bob! 

Me too Rene!  One of these days... let's have coffee ;-)

Thanks for the inspiration Dorie... my lady in red friend!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 4 years ago

Mel I am sorry to hear about your friend, I did not get to know her, but if you want to meet a great guy do connect with Rene Fabre  he might even pick up the tab for the coffee:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 4 years ago

This gives me a great idea! Thanks Endre Barath, Jr.  and Melinda (Mel) Peterson ... When I worked for Brand X I used to come to Southern Oregon a lot back in 2003 - 2009... I'd love to come down and see so many of the friends I met. Mel, we met back in 2007, 8, 9... I remember the event but not exactly what year that was... I'll talk to my peers and see if I can put a tour together. I loved coming down to Roseburg, Grants Pass, Tillamook, Bandon, Medford, and Ashland. It would be so cool to hook up in person again! AND, I'll buy the coffee! :O)


Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) over 4 years ago