Suite Talk: Mayor Steve Benjamin on Life’s Biggest Stage, Part 2

Here’s part two of our interview with Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina. In this half of the conversation we learn:

  • The words he lives by
  • The best career advice he’s ever received
  • What he’d tell his 20-year-old self

In case you missed the first part of our conversation, you can find it here.

We’ll have Mayor Benjamin back soon, but until then lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Mayor Steve Benjamin on Life’s Biggest Stage, Part 1


We recently sat down with Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina for a fun and enlightening conversation. Among the takeaways are:

  • Dads should kiss their kids more
  • It is okay to be different, even when 20 million pairs of eyes are watching
  • Micah 6:8
  • The importance of knowing what you don’t know

We’ve broken this interview in two part. The second half of our conversation with Mayor Benjamin will be posted in a few days.

So, until then lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Consciously Curated: Juggling Baby, Learning to Follow, Reading, Unjust, A Woman Disguised

Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

New York Post: A TV Power Couple Raises a Family

The first time Craig Melvin visited the small-town western Pennsylvania “homestead” of his future wife, Lindsay Czarniak, he was taken aback by her family’s Christmas Day tradition.

“At the end of the meal, they were like, ‘Oh, it’s time to sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ ” recalls Melvin, an MSNBC anchor who hosts “MSNBC Live” and co-hosts “Today” on Saturdays. “I thought it was a joke, but lo and behold, they went and got baby Jesus out of the manger and we sang ‘Happy Birthday.’ ”

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Suite Talk Video: What was and Will be

Here’s the video of our (soon-to-be) weekly recap/look ahead on Facebook Live. In this video we offer a look back on the previous week, offer a preview of the week ahead, while teasing some of what Thinking Good has planned for 2017.

Lean in, Lean back and enjoy!

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A Leading Actor Learns to Love the Supporting Role

 

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I have been thinking about Mary and Martha lately.

You know the story: Martha is the sister who “complained to Jesus” and Mary is the sister who choose the better part, as Jesus explains. I have always hated that pericope. I guess because in my mind, Martha was the responsible oldest sister. She was the one accountable for getting the house ready for Jesus.

Can you imagine the preparations?!

The cleaning, the cooking, the landscaping, the washing…all the things needed for a guest to feel comfortable in one’s home. As an oldest daughter, I totally identified with Martha and totally understood why she asked Jesus–in sheer frustration–to get Mary to help her with the work, instead of entertaining Jesus. And for the longest time, I felt that Jesus was wrong to chide Martha. Couldn’t He see how she was trying to show her love for Him? I thought, it’s easy for people to hang out all day but when dinnertime comes and there’s nothing to eat and you’re sleeping on dirty sheets, I bet you’d appreciate Martha then…

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Consciously Curated: Down Low in the Country, Meeting Hell, Shoot ‘Em Up

 

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

NY Magazine: A Country Low Down

“If you, a straight guy from the country, once in a while have sex with other straight guys from the country, it doesn’t threaten your straight, rural identity as much as it would if instead you, for example, traveled to the nearest major metro area and tried to pick up dudes at a gay bar. You’re not the sort of man who would go to a gay bar — you’re not gay!”

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Suite Talk: Week in Review and 2017 Sneak Peak

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On this episode of Suite Talk, we try something new. While going live on Facebook, we also recorded the audio for this podcast. Listen and you’ll hear a recap of the previous week, a preview of the week ahead and tease some of what Thinking Good has planned for 2017.

Lean in, Lean back and enjoy!

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Consciously Curated: Ghosting, Star Wars, Finding Love, Trump’s Original Smackdown

 

Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

New York Post: How to Ghost for Real

“After all this time,” Norihiro says, “I could certainly take back my old identity . . . But I don’t want my family to see me in this state. Look at me. I look like nothing. I am nothing. If I die tomorrow, I don’t want anyone to be able to recognize me.”

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Poll: America a Fading Dream?

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A hallmark of the “American Dream” has been that each successive generation will enjoy a higher standard of living then their parts. For most of our nation’s history that has largely been true. However, as The New York Times reports in recent decades that’s changed. How do your compare to your parents and grandparents? That our poll and share your thoughts.

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Consciously Curated: Pause For Success; Slow Growth; Forgetting …

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

NY Times: Let’s Chill

“Working in 90-minute intervals turns out to be a prescription for maximizing productivity. Professor K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues at Florida State University have studied elite performers, including musicians, athletes, actors and chess players. In each of these fields, Dr. Ericsson found that the best performers typically practice in uninterrupted sessions that last no more than 90 minutes. They begin in the morning, take a break between sessions, and rarely work for more than four and a half hours in any given day.”

Thinking Good: Conduct Your Own Symphony

Dr. Speights gives us some practical insights on how to begin each day with purpose and focus, with an eye to setting the tone, tenor and tempo.”

YouTube: Can You Figure Out the Mystery Inside This Ad About High School Love?

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