Suite Talk: Leading to Follow, A Lesson in Leading, Following, Life and Death


Acacia Bamberg Salatti

In this episode of Suite Talk, Acacia Bamberg Salatti shares how she learned that sometimes the best thing you can do is to let another shine.

“I was the supporting actor in a long running sitcom,” she says. “My job was to make the stars of the show look good and not mess up the plot.”

In the course of caring for her ailing parents, Acacia gains powerful insights about subduing ego, learning your strengths and weaknesses, and when leaders need to follow.

We recently sat down with Acacia to explore in greater depth the myriad issues raised in this piece. You can find the conversation, broken in two parts here and here.

We invite you to lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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

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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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A Leading Actor Learns to Love the Supporting Role


Photo by Paz Arando

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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