Checklist.

Everyone, despite this pandemic, economic shift, change, and time-out, we still have to continue to strive for success. Here is a checklist of basic daily things that we can do to help ourselves reach our success goals in life, love, business or work.

*Pray and meditate

*Exercise

*Eat/drink healthy

*Review and revise your plans, goals, dreams

*Learn something new

*Do something creative

*Go outside to play

*Stay connected socially

*Love on somebody/bodies

*Help somebody/bodies

*Stay thankful/grateful

*Get sleep

Sounds familiar?  It should.  I’ve shared similar checklists over the years via the broadcast or this blog.  Keep in mind that repetition is a good way to strengthen learning and to establish good habits.  Friends, these are the basics.  Everything else you achieve beyond this list is the “icing on the cake”, the “cherry on top”, or as our Heavenly Father puts it, “your cup running over”! Amen.  And so it is!

Remember, the next show will broadcast later in the month of August.  However, you can always visit https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety to view older shows.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Good Trouble!

The Honorable U. S. Congressman John R. Lewis was laid to rest today.  Friends, we all know that he was a legendary civil/human rights leader who dedicated his entire life to advocating for, protecting, as well as advancing the rights of blacks in America.

I know that I talked about and honored him along with Rev. C. T. Vivian a couple of weeks ago on the show but after viewing the televised service of Representative Lewis, I decided to emphasize one thing.  One of his famous quotes, “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.”

I gleaned something from all of the speakers at his service but Reverend James Lawson’s oratorical contribution to the service was particularly enlightening.  Inspiring.  Compelling.  Impactful.  Clarifying.  Find and view his video clip from the service to get re-educated and then go get in some “Good Trouble”.

If you are not sure what “Good Trouble” looks like, just take a good long look at John Lewis’ life.  His life was exemplary of Faith and Love in action which shook things up and caused “Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble”.  Groundbreaking legislation, laws, and policy were passed in the United States because of he prayed and then got to work.

Everyone, lets continue to carry the torch; baton; mantle of John R. Lewis, C. T. Vivian, Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. and all the others who have fought to make the United States of America better, to make life for Blacks in America and people of color better. As we strive to live a Golden Life, let’s also get into some “Good Trouble”.  Amen.  And so it is!

Remember, the next show will broadcast later in the month of August.  However, you can always visit https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety to view older shows.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Feel Better!

Friends, did you know that nature, God’s creation, has a tremendously positive effect on your health?

You can help regulate your blood sugar levels by as much as 45% just by watching the sunset 20 minutes each evening.  Researchers at the University of Connecticut revealed that the fresh air coupled with the beautiful view literally slows the adrenal glands production of cortisol which is a stress hormone.  Feel Better!

I love flowers!  I mean just gazing at them and smelling them causes me to feel pleasant.  Well, there’s a science behind it!  Britain’s University of Essex researchers found that just looking at colorful blooms for as little as 2 minutes will stimulate your brain’s frontal lobe causing it to release increased bursts of energizing beta waves which help us feel at least 35% better, sharper, focused.  Feel Better!

Do you have an upset stomach or just feeling queasy on a hot summer day?  Well, go hug a tree!  Or at the very least sit under one.  Why you ask?  According to British researchers, just stretching out under a shade tree for 10 minutes could ease your stomach troubles by 82%.  How?  Apparently the smell and sound of the rustling leaves have a soothing effect on the nervous system which causes any painful intestinal muscle spasms to stop.  Feel Better!

We all know that warm and fuzzy feeling we get when we hear and/or watch the rain fall, right?  Factor in the smell of a fresh rain fall and our moods can boost by 50% in just 15 minutes.  Scientists at Columbia University have found that rainstorms causes our brain neurons to release serotonin.  For those who don’t know, serotonin is a chemical that causes us to be well and happy.  Feel Better!

Hello!!!  Can you come outside to play?!!!  Friends, find a friend and go enjoy God’s gift to humans—nature.  Remember, our first earthly home was a beautiful garden.

Feel Better everyone.  And, remember, life really is—- Golden!!!  Amen.  And so it is!

Tune in this Saturday, July 25th, 2020 to the next broadcast on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Blocked. It’s Happened Again!

Friends, nothing serious.  I just have another case of writers/bloggers block!  Well, actually, it’s not a block.  I believe it’s a matter of me slowing down enough to pick a thought to share and expound on.  Like many of you, my brain is on overload right now.

I guess it’s the result of taking in all the news stories being shared as well as everything else that is happening in the world.  I simply need to take a moment.  I need to re-direct this energy.  I need to do more than read, write, and talk about it!  I know that they are all forms of action, but right now, I need to do something different.  Do you feel me?  Do you understand?

Well, in the meantime, friends, continue to move and operate in wisdom and “understanding” with me.  And, let’s remember that life is—- Golden!!!  Amen.  And so it is!

Check out the show this Saturday, July 18th, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Get Connected. Stay Connected.

Ok. Ok. Okayyyy.  I realize that with all of King Solomon’s wisdom and understanding, he still messed up later in his life.  I know.  I know.  I knowww.  King Solomon somehow became disconnected from God.  I have no explanation other than having Wisdom and Understanding does make one perfect; and, in time, King Solomon turned from his erroneous ways and returned to the one true God.  Yes!  He got back connected and God redeemed him!  Get connected.  Stay connected.

If you are visiting/reading this blog for the first time and wonder what I’m talking about, please note that I’m responding to feedback that I received from last week’s blog.  Go take a quick read.

So, my friends, we know the importance of getting and staying connected in business, careers, families, community, relationships, etc.  Right?  What is life without connection(s).  Many years ago, I heard a little lady by the name of Rev. Willie T. Barrow (affectionately called the Little Warrior) say, “We are not so much divided, as we are disconnected”.  Who are the “we”?  I believe the “we” refers to the Black community specifically but also the Human community at large.  What are we “disconnected” from?  Clearly, each other but let’s go deeper.  Given that Rev. Barrow was an ordained minister, I believe that she was also referring to some people’s spiritual disconnection from God.  You see, once we are connected to God, we get a level of understanding that gives us the ability to empathize with, respect, and love each other.  Get connected.  Stay Connected.

As we operate our lives this month and beyond in/with wisdom and “understanding”, let’s Get Connected.  Stay Connected.  With God First and then all other honest, meaningful, lasting connections will fall in place!

My friends, continue to live life like it is—- Golden and Connected!!!  Amen.  And so it is!

Be sure to tune in this Saturday, July 11th, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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July Is Golden

Hello everyone!  July ushers in many observances like the July 4th holiday; “the Dog Days of Summer” (meaning really hot days); my favorites, my mother’s birthday month and National Ice Cream Month.  You all, more importantly, spiritually July represent “understanding”.  And understanding and wisdom go hand in hand–at least according to the “Good Book”.  Checkout Proverbs 4 particularly Proverbs 4:5 which reads “Get Wisdom, Get Understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them”.

Did you know that King Solomon asked God for wisdom and understanding?  And then received it?  As a result, he also received every other blessing that he didn’t ask for.  King Solomon’s life was Golden!  For the record, “golden” means favorable, excellent, wonderful, rewarding, prosperous, blessed!  I could go on and on.  Oh!  Did I mention that the color for the month of July is Gold!

Go ahead, friends.  Drape yourself in some beautiful Gold jewelry; and be sure to wear anything that is gold in color this month to remind yourself that you are Golden!  And that you can operate your life in/with wisdom and “understanding”.  All you have to do is ask!

I don’t know what you came to do but I am going to live this month and my life like its Golden!!!  Amen.  And so it is!

Join me Saturday, July 4th, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Black on Black Love

Hello friends!  A news report from earlier this week brought to mind a media campaign that emerged in the early 1980s called Black on Black Love.  It was founded by Ed and Betty Gardener who were at that time the founders and owners of Soft Sheen hair care company in Chicago, Illinois.  Its purpose was to counter the problem of violence in black communities as well as raise the awareness of the importance of black love and respect.

Friends, in addition to calling out others for their abuse, mistreatment, prejudice, and disrespect of black people, lets remind blacks (particularly young blacks) that they are a powerful, beautiful, fiercely intelligent, creative, resilient, loving group of people.  Blacks have survived and overcome so much hatred, bigotry, and negativity in this country.  Remind them/us that they/we are magnificent survivors and bodacious overcomers.  Remind us that Black on Black Love is not just a slogan or media campaign.  It’s a reality in the black community that has been the foundation and strength of our survival.

I remain in continual, fervent prayer for those who are acting out their love for blacks in America and worldwide.  May God move us to live to benefit, bless, protect, uplift, and restore the lives of blacks and people of color—Black on Black Love.  Amen.  And so it is!

Join me tomorrow, Saturday, June 27th, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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God is Moving!

Happy Wednesday friends!  I trust that you all are having a marvelous week.  I am well and so very excited to witness God moving!

Many changes for the improvement of black life in America have taken place since last week.  Some of the changes are merely surface level while others are more substantive.  CEOs and others in position of power at various corporations and businesses has been shown the door after falling short of or failing to create an environment of racial equality and human respect.  More businesses and even leading brands have committed millions of dollars to organizations that are on a mission to institute systemic change for the betterment of the lives of blacks and people of color in America.  God is Moving.

Regretfully, there are still people out there refusing to turn from their practices of racism, inequality, bias, prejudice, etc.  You know I learned decades ago that the residual effects of racism run deep.  So much so that abnormal behavior and immoral treatment over time somehow became normal and acceptable.  But, guess what?  God is Moving.

Friends, I continue to actively pray, declare, and decree that practices, policies, regulations, laws, and more importantly, minds and hearts be Moved by God to benefit, bless, protect, uplift, and restore the lives of blacks and people of color in America.  Amen.  And so it is!  Yes.  Please know that God is Moving!

Join me tomorrow, Thursday, June 18th and Saturday, June 20th, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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God Will Move Them!

Hello!!  How are you all doing?  I hope that you are experiencing a prosperous week.  I am blessed and so pleased to see that the true change-makers are standing strong. I’ve been praying fervently for them and for myself as well as digging deep to keep our spirit lifted.

It was good to hear reports that some leaders in some sectors of America’s society have moved to make immediate changes for the better.  On the other hand, it was disheartening to hear that some have vowed not to make any moves for the improvement of the lives blacks and people of color in America.  They don’t want to right the wrongs.  I understand that it takes courage, boldness, and a sense of righteousness to do so.  Even as adults, peer pressure can be real.  It’s difficult for them to go against the “status quo”. Accordingly, I ask that you all join me in praying for the leaders in all sectors, stations, positions in American society.  I pray that they have a Demascus Road experience; that their eyes are opened; and that God Will Move them to turn, change, and repent immediately.  I pray that they have a heart for true Civil/Human Rights.

I fervently pray and decree that practices, policies, regulations, laws, and more importantly, hearts be Moved by God to benefit, bless, protect, uplift, and restore the lives of blacks and people of color in America.  With the committed work of righteous protesters and their supporters, I know that God Will Move Them!  Amen.  And so it is!

Tune in tomorrow for the late “Wednesday edition” of the show and also join me Saturday, June 13th, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/MarilynsCaféSociety; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Now!

You all, you know that I like to keep the show and the blog light-hearted, informative, and entertaining.  However, we cannot ignore the elephant in the room!  There’s a problem in America that must be solve, fixed, Now!   I’ll keep it short.

As I stated during Wednesday’s show, we’ve hit the crescendo in this thing called Civil/Human Rights Movement (Symphony) for Blacks in America and people of color.

Here’s what needs to be fixed right Now!

*The broken educational system.  Address all underperforming, subpar schools in low income communities.  Stop allowing the socioeconomic biases determine whether black children can receive a good, quality education.  No one should have to go into debt to receive secondary education.  Stop the organized chaos.

*The racist Law Enforcement/Judicial and Correctional System.  Establish better vetting policies for those seeking to become law enforcement officers.  Release or re-train those who have history of abuse of power.  Correct bogus laws that are meant to systematically destroy the lives.

*Lack of opportunities for true financial freedom/gain.  Address the need for job development and entrepreneurship training programs; need for true equity in all government set aside programs and contracting opportunities; need for CEOs, executives, leaders of all sectors, industries of American society to commit to eradicating racism within their organizations and creating fair, equal pay policies and opportunities.

*Racism, prejudice and bigotry.  There must be a renewed, revived commitment to eradicate these diseases in America once and for all.

Change. Repent. Not in the next decade.  Not in the next 5 years.  Not next year!  Not in 6 months.  Not in 3 months.  Not next month.  Not next week.  Now!

Tune in this Saturday, June 6th, 2020 on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  And, be sure to “like”, subscribe, SHARE, and follow my social media platforms at https://twitter.com/marilynscafesoc; https://facebook.com/Marilyn’s Café Society; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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