Pray For Jazzy!

Hello everyone.  I hope that you all are experiencing a wonderful week. Overall, I’m good.  However, I received some disturbing news earlier this week about Jazzy. Who is Jazz?

 

Jazz was a special guest on my radio show 10 years ago.  She and her sister Jojo performed at my 4th annual Christmas Charity Event that was later renamed “The Christmas Celebration Broadcast”.  They didn’t want anything for the performance.  They simply wanted to help increase donations to help the less fortunate.  The father, Marvin, produced the song, made sure they arrived on time, and even assisted me with some behind the scenes production at the venue.  It was Marvin who told me the hurtful news about Jazz being brutally attacked at a club in Quincy, Illinois near where she attends college.

Here’s the link to the performance.  I’ll talk more about what happened to Jazz during my show later in the week.  https://youtu.be/B8WXijP-5tA.

In the meantime, please pray for her complete recovery as well as strength for her family.  Stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The next broadcast will be the 16th Anniversary show!!!  Set for Saturday, April 10th, 2021 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Strengthen Your Strength (Part 4)

Peace everyone.  What’s happening with you?  Are you feeling stronger? Well, we all should be!  However, before we go off chanting “If it is to be.  It is up to me!”, we must remember to first and foremost be grounded spiritually.  A solid spiritual foundation alone, will provide us with all the confidence or “Godfidence” that we need to continue “strengthen your strength”.

And so, as I close out this blog series, I simply want to remind you of the reason you must “strengthen your strength”.  We live in a world system that trains people to look for and point out weaknesses in others.  Now, I’d like to think that its so that we can be given an opportunity to become better, more well-rounded people OR to simply learn something different.  However, be careful because some people focus on your weaknesses to dismiss your strengths for their own selfish purposes that range from you being a threat to them to them just wanting to disqualify you or block you from receiving economic, professional, and/or social advancements and rewards.

You all, you must not allow this to happen to you.  As I said last week, know thyself and continue to build on your strengths– whatever they may be.  Listen, I just left a store where a young man was set up in the parking lot with a small sound system; and he beautifully played his violin.  His wife and little girl were with him. Also, there was a big sign by their car that basically read, “I’ve lost my job and I need extra help to continue to take care of my family.  If you enjoy my musical performance, please make a financial donation”.  I do not know what kind of work he did but it should have involved playing the violin because he played it masterfully!  Perhaps, he played the violin in a symphony orchestra???  If so, then his current situation is clearly circumstantial.

Regardless, this man is now forced to become more self-reliant and he is supplementing the family income by using his musical talent in a very public space.  He undoubtedly knows that playing the violin is a strength that he has; otherwise, I do not believe that he would have put his family through that experience.  As I sat in my car and listened to his performance, I observed at least 6-8 people drop money in his bucket before I got out to add my donation.  I am more than certain that by the time he packed up to head home, he would have received hundreds of dollars in donations.

Stay focused, my friends.  Whether it’s to counter an effort to keep you down or a real honest situational circumstance as described above, continue to “strengthen your strength”.  Stand strong spiritually, physically, and professionally.  And as always, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  Oh, and have a wonderful Good Friday and Happy Resurrection Sunday a/k/a Easter Sunday! In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The next broadcast will be the 16th Anniversary show!!!  Set for Saturday, April 10th, 2021 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE. Marilyn

Strengthen Your Strength (Part 3)

Hello everyone.  How is your world and point of view growing?  I certainly hope that you all have become more “open minded” in the past week and continue to expand beyond your immediate world.  Today’s blog will focus on one last tip that will help you “strengthen your strength” by becoming more self-reliant.

Now, I use the term self-reliant loosely.  I know that first and foremost, it is imperative that we trust in our Heavenly Father, the creator, God.  It is also important to have a mentor, mentors, or someone in our lives that we can reach out to for guidance, advice, and support.  Nevertheless, we must learn to be more self-reliant.   

If you viewed the show this week, you know that the guest (Tonya Lewis Taylor) recently authored a book entitled, Be You, Not Her.  The book basically takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery and the gist of it is for us to learn and know thyself.  I believe that once that is accomplished whether male or female, young or old, professional or worker; we can become more self-reliant.   We will be more introspective and determined to make our dreams come true.  We will rely on our own power to reach our goals. 

And that, my friends, is owning your strength.  Strengthening your strength. This undoubtedly adds value to our existence; our community; and our world.  So, light it up!  And in the process, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The next show will be up this Saturday, March 27th, 2021 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Strengthen Your Strength (Part 2)

Hey there, my friends.  Have you been spreading your wings this past week?  I have..  I have also been expanding my point of view.

As I reflect, I have discovered that I have been doing this for decades now.  First in my public relations work and, certainly, as host and producer of my show.  While, I have not become the country or globetrotter that I aspire to be, through my work, I have in a sense, travelled the United States and the world via the phone or internet.  I have met and connected with people from all over! In the process, you all, I have managed to sharpen and maintain my “strength” through communicating and working with others from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.   

Friends, we should indeed spread our wings and, also, expand our frame of reference or view of the world and cultures within it.  Communicating with others who exist outside of our immediate circle of influence or community, allows us to understand people who come from a variety of backgrounds.  We become more “open minded” and less tolerant of ‘small mindedness” or “small thinking”.  As a fan of Shark Tank television show, I have, on occasion, heard Kevin O’Leary share his experience of living in other parts of the world as a child/teenager with his mother due to his stepfather’s various work relocations.  He talked about how those experiences sharpened his business acumen as well as his understanding and view of the world economy.  He also shared how he developed an appreciation for other people and cultures.  Developing an expanded worldview will give us the soft skills that we need to build on our strengths.  Listen, if you are not globe or country-trotting yet, use the internet and telephone to connect with others.

You all, let’s continue to light up the world with our presence.  Strengthen your strengths and stay safe.  Also, remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  Be well.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

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The next show will be up this Saturday, March 20th, 2021 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Strengthen Your Strength (P1)

Happy Women’s History Month everyone!  In case you did not know, we get a whole month because We Rock!!!  Well, listen, this blog will be a bit brief but “meaty”. 

And, so, strength, is the topic with a focus on women (for Women’s History Month).  I believe I blogged about the different aspects of strength in the past.  You know, the ability to endure and to persevere in the physical, the mental, the spiritual—in our work, careers, businesses, relationships, etc.  Women have made great strides in the recent decades and we cannot afford to lose ground.  Others see our mirific strengths and because they feel threatened or inferior they will choose to focus on our weaknesses to hold us down or keep us back.  As a result ladies, you must not lose sight of your strengths.  You must continue to light up the world and maintain your confidence.  In this blog series, I’ll share some ways that you can maintain or hold on to your strength.   

First, spread your wings.  Yes, that’s right.  Expose yourself to a variety of experiences that will allow you to fine tune your strengths while you also explore other interests.  Now, to achieve this, you may have to create your own opportunities; and, thank God we live in a time and space where it is much easier to do that for ourselves.  Should you discover a professional or work related weakness and don’t have the budget to hire someone to handle that particular task or function for you, then take a little time to learn what you can so that you can perform in that particular role until someone else can be hired or brought on board to do it for you.  Also, if you find that you have weaknesses in your personal life, determine how important it is for you to make a change. Do you really enjoy dancing enough to want to perfect it? Will volunteering help make you a better person? Listen, experience is indeed the best teacher and seasoning for our professional and personal life.  Fly. Better yet. Soar!

Friends, as we spread our wings, let’s stay strong and safe.  Vaccine or not–Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  Be well.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

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The next show will be up this Saturday, March 13th, 2021 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Show Love (Words)

Friends, I do not know how the weather is where you are but here in the Midwest, it’s officially winter season!  I mean we have been getting hit with lots of snow and frigid temps in the past two weeks.  Okay.  Okay.  I know.  What do you expect, Marilyn?  It IS winter!!!  So, moving right along.  This week, you all, the focus is on the importance of “showing love” through using words.

Who doesn’t like to hear the words “I Love You” especially when it is authentic and genuine?  Hmmm.  I hear Stevie Wonder singing it right now!  “I just called, to say, I love you…”.  How do you express love verbally to co-workers, clients, customer, business associates, etc.?  You can actually say, “I love you”.  Or if you don’t feel comfortable expressing love that way verbally, say something like “You are awesome” or “Great job” or “I enjoy working with you” or “I’m glad that you’re my neighbor”.  Listen, just about any positive, uplifting, affirming word(s) will do.  Just be sincere about it!  Everyone now and then, I’ll say “Hello Georgeous” or “Hello Beautiful” to little ones just to see their faces and eyes light up!! I’m sure it works for grown-ups too! Ummm.  I hear lyrics to another popular R&B song– “if you love me, say it…”. 

Look, my friends, using affirming words to express love is just as important as spending time with and serving others in your world.  Hey, have I told you how amazing you are lately?  Friends, you are indeed amazing!  Now, remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and take a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  Stay Safe.  Be well.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

(Side note:  Need a strong multivitamin at a good price?  Click here!) 

The next show will be up this Saturday, February 20th, 2021 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Show Love. (Serve)

Friends, how are you?  Are you feeling or better yet experiencing LOVE so far this month?  Remember, we are all about showing love this month and evermore!  Last week the focus was on the love action of spending time.  This week I am going to share how important it is to “show love” by serving.

Now listen, you know how loved you feel when your loved one(s) go out of their way to do something for you.  Whether it’s taking over cooking duties, driving you to a location that you may not be familiar with, or assisting with your business plan or a work project; you can attest that that particular help or service causes you to feel special, right?  Well, you, too, can “show love” through service to loved ones, co-workers, colleagues, business associates or partners, clients, customers, neighbors, or even humanity in general.  Volunteer or serve in an organization whose cause you believe in; give your client/customer an added value service; or simply ask—how can I be of service to you? 

Booker T. Washington once said, “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others”.  Mohammad Ali said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”  And finally, Jesus said in Matthew 7:12, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.   You all, to love is to serve. 

So, my friends, invest time and be of service to those important to you.  It’s all love.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and take a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  Stay Safe.  Be well.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

(Side note:  Need a strong multivitamin at a good price?  Click here!) 

The next show will be up this Saturday, February 13th, 2021 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety. Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Show Love. (Time)

Happy Love month my friends!  How do I love you or how do you love me?  Let me count the ways.  In other words, let me show you or you show me!  Yes, love is both a noun and a verb.  And, if you’ve been with my show for a while, you know that we’ve talked about the different types of love as well as the types of love languages on an occasion or two.  Today, however, I’d like to focus on important ways to “show love”.

When it comes to ourselves, loved ones, co-workers, colleagues, business partners, clients, customers, neighbors, or any other relationship(s) that we want to strengthen, we cannot only verbally express appreciation or love but we must “show love”.  One way to do so is by sharing our time.  You’ve heard this before, right?  Not only is time money but time is also love!

As we continue to travel through this life, we have to make time for our own growth, self-development, and self-care.  The same is true to foster healthy, loving relationships with family members and friends.  There’s no better way to show love to them than by spending quality and quantitative time.  I don’t know about you all but I absolutely cherish the moments that I spend with my loved ones whether in person, on the phone, zoom, or otherwise.  Having been in the universe for several decades now, I truly have learned the importance of being present.  Listen, believe it or not you all, your co-workers, colleagues, clients, etc. want to be shown love too!  Take them to lunch or in these days have a virtual breakfast, lunch, or dinner date.  Or, just pick up the phone and shoot a text or make a call and chat it up for a bit.  Everyone understands that life can be very busy so even a 10-15 minute check-in will be appreciated.

So listen, as we continue to work to manifest our blessing(s), remember to literally take time to “show love”.  Also, remember strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and take a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  Stay Safe.  Be well.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

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Checkout our special guest on the show this Saturday, February 6th, 2021 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Work Faith and Keep Perspective.

Friends, I hope that as you work your faith this year that you also maintain a healthy perspective on what it should mean to achieve your goal, plan, dream.

I hope that you remember that all that you achieve serves purposes beyond your immediate existence.  You know that the external manifestations of “success” or “achievement” can be superficial and temporary if you don’t maintain a healthy sense of perspective.  Yes, you will and should relish in the experience of euphoria for accomplishing something that you dreamed about.  However, that achievement is much bigger than you.

You all, I know that working faith to achieve goals/dreams is about more than just me.  You see, others are watching.  They must see you achieve so that their own faith can grow and be strengthened. Your blessing, our blessing, becomes a blessing for them.  They see God at work in you!  Further, my friends, your manifested material accomplishment or blessing(s) is not only for you but also for you to be a blessing to others.  This is all the more for reason for us to keep a healthy perspective and to keep working our faith.

Remember to wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  Stay Safe.  Be well.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

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The next show will be up this Saturday, January 30th, 2021 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

All About the Work.

Friends, have you been all about the work this past week?  Conceiving and believing, leads to achieving!  Last week, I reminded you that you must put your faith in your vision, goal, self to work! 

To achieve, you must plan your work and work your plan.  So what does the plan look like?  Well, that’s up to you!  Again, as stated last week, we must do something everyday to take us closer to our goal.  Some of us may need to draft or tweak our business plan or marketing plan.  For others, that work or plan might be attending a meeting, conference, or training.  Maybe your work is to follow-up on opportunities, proposals, pending agreements, or closing deals.  If your goal is to develop or strengthen relationships, then your work is to pick up the phone to make a call or send an email to that person.  Only you know where you are in your journey towards achieving your vision, dreams, and goals.

Listen, I, myself, have been “working the plan” and I see the progress.  I am exercising (again); I am connecting and maintaining connection with others; and I am tweaking the road map to my ultimate destination.  Faith without works is void of life! Friends, will you stay with me on this journey? Let’s be all about the work! 

Remember to wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  Stay Safe.  Be well.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

(Side note:  Get clearer vision for the year.  Click here!) 

The next show will be up this Saturday, January 23rd, 2020 on  https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  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.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn