Oh Give Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope that you are having a wonderful evening.

I’m just pausing my day/evening with family and friends to remind and encourage you to Give Thanks to our Heavenly Father and great Creator for our many Blessings.  Not today on this National Day of Thanksgiving but every day.  Not just for the Big Blessings but also for the small Blessings that we take for granted daily.

Also, consider this.  We think of this day as a special day set aside to spend with our friends and family.  I know that life gets busy.  There’s school, work, businesses to run, talents and gifts to polish, daily routines in life that at times cause us to be present but not actually “be present”.  Well, let’s commit to taking at least one day each week to purposefully “be present” with our loved ones–if not in person, then via telephone or video chat.  Let’s commit making this official Day of Thanks just that–a day of thanks and merely an annual bonus day for family and friends.

Oh Give Thanks and “Be Present” everyone.  Not just today but every day!  Continue to have a wonderful week!

Check for the next show this Saturday, November 30th, 2019  on 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

La Vie Est Belle

Hey everyone and Happy Thursday!  I struggled earlier this week to come up with a blog worthy topic so here I am on a Thursday bringing you a brief bit of inspiration.  After chatting with one of my delightful acquaintances today, I was finally able to push pass the block.

You see one of the topics that we talked about was perfume.  She shared that her cousin really liked a particular fragrance by Lancome.  And, It happens to be a fragrance that is on my top ten list.  What initially attracted me to the fragrance was its name. And then, after smelling and trying on the perfume, I was completely sold.

La Vie Est Belle in French and translated to English means “Life is Beautiful, Good, Pleasant”.  Now, listen this is not paid advertisement for Lancome or the perfume.  I’m simply sharing how a conversation about this specific perfume inspired this blog.  I truly believe the expression, “Life is Beautiful, Good, Pleasant”, lines up perfectly with our Heavenly Father’s Will for our lives.

I meet and have met people from all walks of life in my years.  People who some would consider being in “high” or “low” places.  Most are good, beautiful people.  They have shared their ups and downs with me and I have shared mine with them.  One thing that we all have in common is that we believe Life is Beautiful, Good, Pleasant.  We pray for it.  And, most importantly, we remind Our Heavenly Father of his promise to us for it.  Indeed, it is more than an expression; more than a declaration; more than a philosophy.  It is a promise.

Continue to have a wonderful week and even better weekend my friends.  I wish you Well!  And remember, La Vie Est Belle.

Tune in for the next show this Saturday, November 23rd, 2019  on 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

Silver Bells, Silver Bells…

Hello my friends.  Call me quirky OR not—but for some strange reason this popular Christmas song became an ear worm for me yesterday.  Well, okay, I’ll admit that I have been quietly entertaining myself with an occasional Christmas tune or two for the last week.  So, perhaps that is the reason the song came to mind.  Anyway, certain lyrics to the song really stood out.

“Children laughing, people passing.  Meeting smile after smile…”.  As these words and the melody continued to replay in my head, I began to think about the crowds of children and parents who came “out to play” for Halloween.  I shared in a previous blog about how heartwarming it was to see hundreds of families out engaging with their children as well as interacting with other families who were out for treats.  No cell phones to ears; no heads down looking at phones; no children fixated on tablets.  No.  Just children laughing, people were passing.  Meeting smile after smile!

Friends, technology serves its purpose and has certainly made life easier.  However, let’s not allow it to take over OR replace good ole face to face human interaction; eyeball to eyeball and voice to voice communication; skin to skin and heart to heart connection.  Do not allow technology to keep you away from those public spaces and places where you can meet and greet others.  Do not allow technology to completely wipe out the way we do business.  I realize that human beings will continue to evolve.   But you don’t want to wake up one day and there’s nowhere to physically go to get your favorite perfume, shoes or whatever.  There’s nowhere to go socialize, people watch, or shop.  Do you really want such a huge chunk of your life to be relegated to a computer, tablet, or 3” x 6” phone screen?  *pause*

Oh goodness, there’s that ear worm again.   “Children laughing.  People passing.  Meeting smile after smile…  Silver Bells. Silver Bells…”.

Join me for the next show is Saturday, November 16th, 2019  on 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

Tis the Season…

Hello friends.  Is it too early to say Happy Holidays?  I think so.  Let’s at least wait til after Veteran’s Day!

Most stores and some other forms of businesses have already pulled out the holiday props, merchandise, etc.  Oh and okay, I’ll admit that I’ve already entered holiday mode with my Countdown til Christmas give away!  However, it’s all done in the spirit of promoting fun, joy, love, happiness, errr—jollyness!  As in “Tis the Season to be Jolly”.

What I observed a few days ago while out and about was far from “Tis the Season to be Jolly”.   Soooo, I feel like it is my duty to remind you all to remember the “reason for the season”!  It’s all about Christ!  The Prince of Peace.  The Good News.  Love.  Thanksgiving. Joy.  I said it all in the previous paragraph.  Anyway, here’s a couple of behaviors that does not promote “Tis the Season to be Jolly” and I am asking you not to do them.

*cutting lines or parking spaces;

*arguing with other customers period;

*arguing with the sales associate or ringer;

*complaining of any form

I could go on and on.  You get the point?  Remember, we are approaching a season that is about something greater than you.  So, Be kind!  And remember, Tis the Season…

The next show is Saturday on 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

Low Battery

Hi  friends.  Did you have a great work week?  Did you power through the week as if you are attempting to beat a deadline?  I did and guess what?  My battery got low.  No.  Not the cell phone or tablet battery.  My internal battery or I should say my energy level dropped.

By the time Wednesday arrived, my creative flow was no where to be found.  My battery hit low.  I referred to my blog notes for inspiration but to no avail.  I played music and even reached out to others but nothing.  So I mustered up enough energy to grab a book that I’ve been trying to finish reading for quite some time now.  Surely after reading a chapter or two, I’d be inspired and energized to write this blog.  Nope.  I fell asleep reading and still had roughly two chapters left to read.  On Thursday, once I settled in from work, I didn’t attempt to read or write.  I did, however, thought about it.  My battery was low.

And so, here we are.  It’s Friday.  This is the day that I usually spend time gathering all my notes from the week so that I could plan the show for Saturday.  Yet, I’m still trying to produce an inspiring, thoughtful blog!  My energy level is still low but I must write this to first of all encourage you to keep going.  I could have blown this week’s blog off.  However, I recharged enough to share this message for you to try a little harder, get your second wind and make things happen.

And, secondly, I write this blog to emphasize the importance of rest.  Sometimes we take on too much or try to accomplish too much without giving our bodies AND minds proper rest.  Our batteries or energy levels get low.  As a result, we lose our creativity and productivity energy.  Listen, rest is okay and necessary.  God himself rested.

So, friends, this blog is a wrap. I am done reading the book.  I am going to rest for a bit and then work on tomorrow’s show.

Remember to join me tomorrow, Saturday, November 2nd on 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