Was It Memorable?

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532

Was It Memorable?

And Why. . .



Meetings and moments of all sorts can be scheduled.   They also happen spontaneously without much or any planning.  I wonder: What makes them or anything memorable? 


Even if specialness is promised, there isn’t a guarantee.  The wondering continues.   The word and concept of “memorable” led me to look for quotes that might provide additional insight.  Of the many found, these particular words resonated with me:


If those committed to the quest fail,

they will be forgiven. 

When lost they will find another way. 

The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone,

whether successful or not,

provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable. 

attributed to E O Wilson

I didn't initially recognize the name of the quote's source, so a quick search led to a discovery. Identified as a scientist, Edward Osbourne Wilson, was a Pulitzer Prize winning biologist who was much more than that. Since putting these first thoughts into a draft, I have seen a bit more about Wilson - and that process of learning is memorable in its own way.


And then thoughts bring me back to memorable? In the moment. Longer?  Now, that's to be seen. Who really knows how what when where and why a memory is remembered.


The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com

Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393




Comments (26)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Michael... I totally agree : "Who really knows how what when where and why a memory is remembered." There are as many memories as there are events that lead to them.

Mar 15, 2023 05:14 AM
Michael Jacobs

Nina Hollander, Broker - marked as an event and minimized as a non-event.  Perspective plays a role.  And timing.  Always timing.  And speaking of timing, I hope you are continuing to adjust to the recent shift of our clocks.  

Mar 15, 2023 05:22 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Michael Jacobs thanks, Michael... I had to take a cat-nap on Monday and Tuesday to deal with the hang-over from DST. Today, my schedule won't allow for it and I have a 5pm appointment, as well. I'll probably be falling off my feet by the end of the day.

Mar 15, 2023 05:43 AM
Michael Jacobs

Nina Hollander, Broker - may your 5PM appointment and the rest of your Wednesday be memorable for the right reasons.  

Mar 15, 2023 05:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Michael Jacobs 😹

Mar 15, 2023 06:05 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So many things end up being memorable both good and bad, even when I wish only the good would remain memorable, haha.

Mar 15, 2023 05:34 AM
Michael Jacobs

Brian England - life is a combination of all sorts of moments.  Some memorable - others maybe unmentionable or not quickly remembered.  

Mar 15, 2023 05:46 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I have so many memories when I was 6 years old and went out west to Yellowstone. It literally set the course of  my interest in geology.

Also these snapshot memories of playing ball with my Father, etc. 

The memories pop up in the most unexpected times.

Mar 15, 2023 06:07 AM
Michael Jacobs

faye schubert - it's the unexpectedness of their arrival (and maybe departure too) that makes them fascinating.  

Mar 15, 2023 07:41 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Michael,

I see you have given us once again "food for thought." Timing and perspective always plays a role in the trigger of memories. I remember walking with a friend one morning about 10 years after my dad passed away. Something was said that triggered an emotion of immense loss in me and how I missed our morning coffee talks. Have no clue where it came from but it was a real feeling and memory.

Mar 15, 2023 06:09 AM
Michael Jacobs

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - so true.  We don't always "know" what makes a memory surface.  

Mar 15, 2023 06:18 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Good morning, Michael Jacobs, I know we all have those memorable moments, and I am thankful for my precious memories, both good and bad. 

Mar 15, 2023 07:36 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jerry Newman - different circumstances and situations certainly provide pause to your comment.  And the impact is not "lost" on me.  

Mar 15, 2023 07:43 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael and I hope I always have good memories and will not loose that but you never know.

Mar 15, 2023 08:59 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - I think each of us is aware of the power of the mind.  Along with its fragility as well.  



Mar 15, 2023 09:50 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael, 

Another thing to ponder.  When I think of a memory, I think of the phrase, "it is burned into my memory."  I take that to mean that I won't soon forget it.  Those who study the brain might be able to give us a physical reason why a memory sticks with us.  The older I get, the more memories from decades ago seem so remarkable.

BTW, how about people who have absolute recall.  Talk about mind-blowing!

Mar 15, 2023 09:16 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - the actress Marilu Henner comes to mind as I read your comment about those who seem to have a total recall of events in their lives that have taken place. 

I am taking a class where memory is discussed and it's interesting to hear and learn different experiences from people.  There is much that is known but so much that remains unknown.  

Mar 15, 2023 09:58 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

"and failure memorable"

So important. Lessons to be learned no matter the results of our attempts at things.

Great quote.

Mar 15, 2023 11:04 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - when looking for quotes on memorable, these words stood out.  I didn't immediately publish this post but the referenced author of it seemed to be repeated in other ways while the post stayed in draft form.  

Mar 15, 2023 01:25 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Anything that is memorable to us qualifies. I think your quote is very memorable.

Mar 15, 2023 03:00 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - well, the quote and the name of its author, stuck in my memory for a while I continued to see mention of him in things I saw/read.  Previously, he was unknown-to-me.  

Mar 15, 2023 03:21 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Michael Jacobs thank you for the great quote, and an excellent post about memorable.

Mar 15, 2023 08:27 PM
Michael Jacobs

John Pusa - thank you for stopping by and your comment.  Be aware of the puddles (and deeper) "out there".  

Mar 16, 2023 06:31 AM
John Pusa

Thank you Michael Jacobs definitely I will be aware for puddles and deeper out there.

Mar 16, 2023 05:01 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael I have many wonderful memories and they were all memorable, from childhood on, Endre

Mar 15, 2023 10:36 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - many is a nice number to be able to deposit in the memory bank.  

Mar 16, 2023 06:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, thought about your post a couple of times, when I had those "memories".   Good time in South Texas this week - one more flight, will be home.

Mar 16, 2023 12:26 PM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - happy flying. . .  

Mar 16, 2023 01:22 PM
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Phone Direct 240-506-2434 | 301-681-0550 office - Silver Spring, MD
Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR

Good morning Michael.  I believe our memories are what make us who we are. Both the good and bad can make an impression and how we process those experiences contribute to our personal growth.

Mar 17, 2023 04:51 AM
Michael Jacobs

Barbara Michaluk - i believe you are right.  The process, in part, continues to make us unique. 

Mar 17, 2023 04:55 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

A fun read Michael Jacobs and I am glad you provided a link as I too had not heard of him prior to your post.

Mar 17, 2023 09:19 AM
Michael Jacobs

Bob "RealMan" Timm - I found the quote and liked it, then I kept seeing references to the man thereafter.  

Mar 17, 2023 11:12 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you are recalling many good memories today.

Enjoy St. Patrick's Day and have an outstanding weekend.

Mar 17, 2023 10:06 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - it's interesting, to me, how memories appear, leave and then make a comeback.   It's almost a recirculation of sorts. 

Mar 17, 2023 11:15 AM
Roy Kelley

I wish I had kept a daily diary during my career. Too many of the memories have faded. 

Mar 17, 2023 02:07 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

We all store a significant amount of events in our memory banks but dispel what is not important as we sleep. I just hope the compilation of the good stuff doesn't accidentally leak out, Michael!

Mar 17, 2023 12:02 PM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - our memory banks have a unique way of accepting deposits and creating withdrawals.  I certainly don't understand the complexity of that system.  

Mar 17, 2023 01:19 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - Both the most memorable experiences of our life and worst memorable experiences of our life can be life changing. 

Mar 19, 2023 03:01 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - yes, it's a combination.  

Mar 19, 2023 05:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Mar 19, 2023 10:24 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - as much as the sky seems to be resisting any evidence of measurable rainfall so far today, we have experienced trace amounts of precipitation.  We shall see what happens the rest of the day and throughout this new week. 

I hope all is continues to be good in Montgomery County and throughout your area - enjoy.  I understand the cherry blossom season is looking to be cheery.   

Mar 19, 2023 03:27 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Michael. We have a sunny day in Maryland for the first day of spring. I will be attending another physical therapy session for my continuing balance issues.

Have an outstanding week.

Mar 20, 2023 08:24 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - good luck.   Balance remains important in so many parts of life.  It's a continuing journey for me as well.  I imagine it's true for each of us as we juggle schedules and obligations.  

Mar 20, 2023 08:46 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Michael, as always you have got many pondering over your words.  I believe you enjoy doing so... Make it a great day.   Mark

Mar 22, 2023 07:37 AM