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Inspirational Thoughts for 1/21/19

by Patricia Feager


"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."

--- Martin Luther King, Jr.



Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thousands of books have been written about history, including MLK. They say history repeats itself. Ironically, about 72 hours ago I was having a conversation with a friend who mentioned a movie called "Giant" which was made in Texas when I was too young and had no recollection of seeing the movie ever in my lifetime. Coincidentally, Turner Classic Movies presented the movie last night and I watched the whole three-hour and twenty-one-minute movie! So what does Giant have to do with Martin Luther King, Jr.? Everything!


The movie made in 1956 starred new actors in the entertainment world. Each actor, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carol Baker, and Sal Mineo played a character very similar to people who played significant roles in shaping history, such as Martin Luther King. The movie had a lot to do with building relationships, business, family, social issues, injustice, wealth building opportunities, dreams, home, land, children, sickness, education, power struggles, a sense of belonging, and moral issues. History always tells a story.


In today's culture, we have to wonder, how did things get to be the way they are and was life always filled with challenges, adversity, curiosity, and why does somebody always change the course of history because they had the courage to believe in standing up for something they strongly believe? In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, JR, I have to say, yes history does repeat itself and there are numerous examples of how history shaped our lives. If we open up our eyes, our hearts, and keep an open mind we will learn that during difficult times extraordinary people shall always rise to the occasion. And at the center of positive change, there is always faith, hope, charity, and the greatest gift of all love.




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Kristal Wilson
Strategic Sales and Marketing - Chino Hills, CA
Cause We Like 'Em New ~ New Home Specialist!

Patricia Feager ~ An inspiration post including one of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King, "Hate can not drive out hate, only love can do that." Words to always remember.

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Jan 21, 2019 08:10 PM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia- - -although I know of the movie I have also never seen it. A movie can inspire us in ways never intended. Storytelling has a habit of doing just that.

Jan 21, 2019 08:16 PM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Yes history repeats itself because people do not learn from history and have short term memories...  BTW I remember the actors but not the Movie so with that said  wishing you  more inspiration, Endre

Jan 21, 2019 10:48 PM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Patricia. We can learn much from history if we pay attention. Why repeat the mistakes of others. Move on! Enjoy your day!

Jan 22, 2019 04:39 AM #6
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

I always hated history class in school and found it pointless.  However, in my older age I realize that history as said does repeat itself and we definitely need to learn from it.  Thanks for sharing.  I will have to check out that movie sometime. 

Jan 22, 2019 05:21 AM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kristal Wilson - It is definitely one of my favorite quotes of all time too! After watching the movie Giant and seeing the scenes of how compassionate the very young new actress Liz Taylor was towards the people being discriminated against made me think of both MLK and Mother Teresa. Both MLK and Mother Teresa broke down barriers using faith, hope, charity, and love. 

I hope you have a nice day.

Jan 22, 2019 05:32 AM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - In conversation with my friend which preceded the movie being shown 72 hours later, "Giant" was only brought up because of the name of the town in Texas where the movie was filmed. We never talked about the movie. To be honest, when I heard "Giant," I thought of one of those creepy horror shows like, "The Creature from the Black Lagoon." I just happened to be up when it was announced "Giant" would be next on television. I only planned to see the beginning and was almost immediately captivated and soon discovered it was a great story with some new actors just breaking into the entertainment world. When it comes to great storytelling, I'm all in!

I hope your day goes well!  

Jan 22, 2019 05:38 AM #9
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - I guess what it all boils down to is history is forever changing the way we live but the issues at hand seem to always be the same. Since I don't know anything about the writer for Giant, I'm guessing good writing has always been done out of an abundance of knowledge and research by the writer. Hopefully, you'll get to see it one day and enjoy it too. 

Have a great day!

Jan 22, 2019 05:43 AM #10
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Wayne Martin - I guess what I'm learning is that history is just a collection of stories that really happened and then re-evaluated by movie critics, people who enjoy movies, and historians who do this type of research. 

P.S. When I look outside my window it looks like Chicago with grey sky and very windy weather! I hope you have a nice day.  

Jan 22, 2019 05:48 AM #11
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Norma J. Elkins - I remember thinking in school that history classes weren't just about learning history, it was just about memorizing facts and dates. But the older I get, I realize history is more about storytelling and lessons learned. 

I hope you do get to see it someday and will enjoy it as much as I did - especially the part when there are scenes about the little kids, i.e., one little boy cries because he doesn't want to ride horses, something his father does for a living on the ranch and another scene when the kids have a pet named Pedro and figure out that's what they are being served for Thanksgiving dinner. Those kids stole my heart!

Jan 22, 2019 05:53 AM #12
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Patricia. Now I want to see Giant. History does repeat itself often and sadly. It seems we do not listen.

Jan 22, 2019 06:28 AM #13
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

 Good morning Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, history always fascinated me, even as a child. They say people change but do they really? Who's responsible for the history? Do people change? When we read back thousands of years ago, we can find many similarities. We just don't learn from our mistakes as we did, some of the things we see today wouldn't exist.
I love the quote you used in this beautiful post. I believe in putting love first, before anything else, love with all your heart.

Jan 22, 2019 08:00 AM #14
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Patricia,  I do not think I never seen this movie and now I wonder if I get still find it.  Make it a agreat day!


Jan 22, 2019 08:48 AM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I worry that we are rapidly losing the spirit of the great leaders of the past, who with love and a strong sense of community could bring people together to achieve great things.  In recent history, it seems to be more about tearing folks apart, in order to establish a base, while raising special interest money, from one lunatic fringe or another.  I am hopeful some will emerge from our younger generation to change all that!

Jan 22, 2019 02:14 PM #16
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Patricia, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 22, 2019 02:15 PM #17
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I also will look for the movie. I think at the root of many of our historical issues( that repeat and repeat) are corruption and fear. Fear of differences and a lust for either power or money. 

Jan 22, 2019 02:18 PM #18
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Patricia, history does repeat itself and I think that's due to varying reasons. It's something that may never be solved or avoided. Your post makes me want to see Giant. I haven't heard of it before and am intrigued. 

Jan 22, 2019 02:35 PM #19
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia a pattern today seems to be, if you don't like the history, or the people involved it, then hide it, or try to keep it from being know.  I see what is happening with taking down statues, and covering paintings and I shake my head.  You don't have to like the history, but you do need to know it.

The world could use a Martin Luther King, Jr today.

Jan 22, 2019 03:22 PM #20
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Love this post, will have to search Giant out to watch.

Jan 23, 2019 09:07 AM #21
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's a great quote from Martin Luther King and very appropriate for the holiday.  Sorry I missed it earlier.

Jan 29, 2019 11:47 PM #22
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