Easy Street vs. Main Street ~ A Lesson of Hope

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Real Estate Cafe LLC

Grants Pass Oregon Real Estate CafeAs I sit here, reflecting upon another year passing (and with that, another B'Day) I realize that my life has been a culmination of perseverance, compassion and compromise.  

It was certainly no easy street growing up in a single parent household with a disabled mother with Multiple Sclerosis raising two children on welfare.  As we watched our mother physically deteriorate before our eyes, we knew life was not going to be easy for us.  While there were constant reminders and ridicule of being poor, there were also great lessons of strength, hope and love.

Oddly enough, my brother and I chose similar career paths in sales.  I suppose we learned some very basic entrepreneurial survival skills at a young age, which proved to serve us well as adults.  The path we chose was neither Easy Street or Main Street, but rather the School of Hard Knocks.  We learned how to work hard, give 110%, and never give up. 

I'm so grateful for the lessons of hope and determination that I learned as a child, which were so beautifully modeled for me by my Mother.  She taught us to stay focused on the goal when the storms of life tossed us every which way.  No matter what life throws at you (i.e. death, disease, divorce, debt, or disillusionment), a smile and a positive outlook can change any circumstance.  

To our Mother who passed away 15 years ago, our lives are forever changed because of you!  Thanks for always smiling, never giving up, and most of all, for making us feel like we were the best thing that ever happened to you!  


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Kate Wheeler
Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor - Murphy, NC
CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale

Happy Birthday Melinda!  Sounds like you've taken the approach that life is what you make of it...and you've decided to make it a great experience. 

Sep 29, 2009 06:33 AM #1
Marilyn Harrell
ReMax Riverhaven - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Sounds like you graduated with honors! That's why it's so important to live one day at a time...

Oct 03, 2009 03:14 AM #2
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Thank you for your comments Kate & Marilyn.  You are both very sweet :)

Oct 03, 2009 04:46 AM #3
Eric Shute
Cameron Real Estate Group - Norwood, MA
MA Real Estate Sales Agent

Hi Melinda,

I am so lucky to have a Mother's (and Father's) love for me. It sounds like your Mother was a fantastic women, just like mine. Family is not only important, it's the only thing in life that will be with you no matter what. Even if you don't talk to your brother or sister for a long period of time, it's still comforting to know that they are just a phone call away. Family memories are just as important, it helps us remember were we came from. Family, it's the best gift on Earth, never take it for granted!

Take care.

Nov 10, 2009 06:30 PM #4
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Mel-Your mother would be so proud of the women you have become. You are a winner my dear.

Sep 29, 2012 10:31 AM #5
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