Conceive. Believe. Achieve.

Hey everyone.  I hope that you all are doing well as we close out the first quarter of the new year.  I hope that as you self reflect; self evaluate, revisit goals and projections that you discover that you have met or exceeded your expectations.  If not, I hope that you at least remained steady or the same.  After all, slow and steady is certainly better than going backwards or downward.

Okay, so you did end up in the negative or went the opposite way of your goal or expectations?  Ask yourself, how did I get here?  What did or didn’t I do?  What changes do I need to make?  Are my goals and expectations realistic?  And, most importantly, are my goals and expectations someone else’s or mine?  This form of critical thinking really works no matter what you are doing be it business, personal, work or career, relationships, etc.  Listen, you don’t want to waste your time attempting to achieve something that is not really in your heart or capacity to do.

God has given us all unique talent, gifts, passions, abilities, and assignments.  What are YOURS?  And, some goals that we make are actually God given blessings and promises.  Good health is one of them.  So, if that is a goal of yours, go through the questions; make the necessary adjustments; and truly commit to achieving good health.  Is singing your gift?  No one taught you how to.  You didn’t have to practice.  You simply opened your mouth one day and a beautiful sound came out!  That’s a gift.

Let’s say that you hear others sing and decide that you “want” to sing.  You open your mouth and a not so beautiful sound comes out.  LoL  Well, now you have to practice, practice, practice.  Some people will get better and better but for them it’s work!  Others will not get better no matter how much they practice.  They certainly weren’t born with the gift and can’t even develop the talent through practice.  If that’s you (singing is used as an example and this could be anything else), perhaps you should move on to something else.  Don’t waste another month or quarter.

What’s that you ask?  What about prayer?  Yes, we know that prayer works so if you are truly serious about achieving whatever it is (singing, dancing, teaching, chemistry, business, etc.) that you are not good at, go to God in prayer about it.  He really is a miracle worker!  One of my favorite sayings from back in the day was and still is “if your mind can CONCEIVE it and you BELIEVE it, you can ACHIEVE it.  Don’t just dream it.  Be it!”

However, keep in mind that if you don’t get better; if you don’t master, achieve, excel, exceed all expectations in it; then, again, perhaps “it’s” just not for you.  It’s not your gift or talent.  You should be doing something else and it is up to you to discover what it is.  Now let’s get to work so that we can hit our second quarter goals!

Remember to tune in Saturday, March 31st, 2019 for the next show.  Also, this Thursday my next Karioke Moment“ will be posted at https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share,  and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

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It’s A Small World After All

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Earlier this week as I wrapped up my conversation with a friendly middle-aged man from Brazil, I realized that I have met and/or have friends or associates from all continents of the world with the exception of one.  I’ll let you take a wild guess at which of the seven that I have not met anyone. LoL  Anyway, my new acquaintance told me that he lives in an area that’s similar to a suburban area here in the United States and that its near the ocean.   He went on talk about the natural beauty there and how the weather is just about perfect year round. Well, needless to say, after listening to him, I’m now feeling that I’m just one more polar vortex away from relocating!!

You know, I’ve met and have friends or acquaintances from all over the world; and the one commonality that they all have is their sincere openness to connect with others and/or me specifically.  Most that I’ve met over the years, didn’t care that I was a woman or “of color”.  They just wanted to talk about their home country and learn more about the United States of America and its people.  Imagine, if we all shared that same honest interest to connect with each other as well as people from other countries; the title of this blog would ring true.

Speaking of connecting, be sure to tune in next Saturday, March 16th, 2019 as I connect with a young lady from the continent of Africa.  Also, by this Thursday my next Karioke Moment“ will be posted at https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

In Memory of…

Happy March!

And, Happy Women’s History Month!  My goodness, this February has certainly been a wonderful Black History Month—especially in the City of Chicago.  Wait.  You haven’t heard?!

Chicagoans have voted two Black women as contenders to become the city’s first black woman to be Mayor.  Yes!  By next month this time, Chicago will have its first Black female mayor.  It will be Toni Preckwinkle or Lori Lightfoot.  What a wonderful way to move into the month of March, Women’s History Month.    My mother would love this!

So, as I write this blog, I am also watching “The Green Book…” documentary on the Smithsonian television channel.  Not the Oscar winning movie but “The Green Book:  Guide to Freedom” which is a new documentary that tells the history of the “real” Green Book.   The filmmaker is Yoruba Richen.  The book was a pre-civil rights era U. S. travel guide to “safe” businesses for African-Americans.  The author was a Harlem, New York postal worker named, Victor Green.  It’s noted in the book and documentary that many of the “safe” business owners were not only black but also women!  Keep in mind that this publication was in print from 1936 through 1967.

My mother would be so proud to learn about the documentation of African-American and women owned businesses.  She told us stories about some blacks during those times went into business for themselves because of severe racism and segregation.  And now, “The Green Book” serves as an historic documentation of that fact.   I encourage you to go to the Smithsonian Channel to find out the dates that the film will re-broadcast.  It’s worth the time spent viewing it.

Well, as you know, I did not broadcast the show this past Saturday.  I’ll be back next Saturday, March 9th, 2019.  In the meantime, check in later in the week for the “Karioke Moments“ at https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also like, subscribe, and/or follow me on my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook and YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.

I dedicate this blog to the loving memory of Norrisa Griffin Harris, my mother.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn