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Do’s and Don’ts for 2017

What I learned from 2009

The year 2009 was exciting and rewarding, even though somewhat challenging. I learned a lot – so much in fact, it is very hard to put it all in a few lines.  So I will just give a few points which I will carry over in 2017.  Here are a few ideas, listed as “Do’s” and “Don’t” for you to ponder and implement as well.


  1. Invest in yourself. Take personal development courses to further your growth. It may be the most valuable asset you build.  It would be crazy not to do this, given that you generate your own future.
  2. Have faith, be patient, be strong, keep focused, be ready. “Between your dream and its fulfillment you’ll be tested”.
  3. Give what’s wanted and requested rather than giving your pet issue or what you think someone needs. This is the secret to practically all successful business endeavors.
  4. See and speak the positive. With the space you have around you, fill it with the things you want rather than the things you don’t want
  5. Make more money than you spend. You never know when you will need to reconcile your affairs, and you want to be ahead rather than behind in the game.


  1. Don’t listen to bullshit or buy it. Trust your instincts. Question all those who call themselves masters.  Do their professional peers agree they are.
  2. Don’t let people coach you if they don’t have experience and success in that area. If you want to play tennis, get a tennis pro with the most experience in tennis, not a cyclist.
  3. Don’t give up just because you are challenged or because something is tough. Don’t be cynical; give life a chance again and again.
  4. Don’t be too reasonable about your dreams. Being too reasonable can lead to mediocrity.
  5. Welcome life’s many opportunities, but say YES and commit to only those you are willing to complete. It’s OK to say NO. Making too many commitments is to be committed to none.  Incompletes lead to unfinished business and baggage you don’t need.

More power to you in the year 2017, ahead.  And remember your point of power is in the here and now.  For more details on living positively, powerfully, and heroically click here to order The ANSWER To Absolutely Everything DVD and you’ll get several  FREE CDs to choose from. And don’t forget to check out my newest CD: Organize Yourself for Success.  Blessings to you, and share this blog memo with friends and family.


I just came back from the Transformational Leadership Council meeting in Puerto Rico, and it was an awesome learning and life altering event for me. I wish I could tell you everything but it would take pages. So I will let you in on one critically important thing presented by Lynne Twist that touched me and it will be with me forever – the awakening to the real importance of the work of transformation my peers and me, and you, have been up to all these years and will be into the future.  It is a matter of the extinction or extension of the human species and earth as we know it.  The time is NOW!  Learn and get involved at www.FourYearsgo.org.


“Fouryears.Go.” Is a global campaign to galvanize an “urgency coalition” of thousands of organizations and millions of individuals to work in concert for a better world. It is a campaign to create a movement that brings forth a world surge of energy, enthusiasm and action to launch humanity on a sustainable, just and fulfilling trajectory by February 14, 2014.

“Four years” because this is the time period humanity can not afford to go beyond without facing an unacceptable risk of irreversible negative systemic change and because this next four years presents a unique opportunity in history where the anchor points and ideologies of the old world have come loose and are dying and a new common ground is ripe to be born.  Ands “Go” because we must start now.  There is time to act but no time to waste.

“Fouryears.Go” is a campaign initially being created and shepherded by a coalition of organizations and individuals led by Wieden & Kennedy (the largest independent advertising agency in the world and creators of Nike’s “Just do it” swoosh and Lance Armstrong’s “Live Strong” yellow bracelet campaign), The Pachamama Alliance, P:5Y (a global movement to create a peaceful world), and The 2020 Fund.

The basic premises of the campaign are that:

  1. Our planet is fast approaching some ecological tipping points that if passed, could lead to irreversible downward spiral that would alter life as we know it for all future generations.
  2. We already possess all the technology and all the well thought out solutions required to resolve the ecological, social and economic crises confronting us.  (As Al Gore points out in his new book “Our Choice” his research into solutions around the globe has convinced him that we have the tools to solve three climate crises and we only face one).
  3. In resolving these crises lies the possibility of an evolutionary leap that could free humanity from the curses of alienation and injustice and provide a grounded new vision for our future.
  4. All that is missing is a universal sense of urgency and a collective will to act.

The purpose of the Fouryears.Go campaign is to provide that collective will.  Fouryears.Go will be a special kind of climate change campaign, a campaign to change the climate of people’s thinking, a campaign to cause a positive tipping point in unleashing our collective will, and to do it soon, to do it in the next four years.

And out of that unleashing of collective will, a surge of energy and enthusiasm and activism will infuse a wide array of global projects and initiatives such that by February 14, 2014 the predictable future for humanity, the most likely case scenario that any professional scenario planning organization would forecast, will be one of environmental sustainability, spiritual fulfillment, and social justice.

Projected overall outcomes:

Hundreds of millions of people (15% of humanity) will have listed in the campaign.  Over a million organizations (a combination of NGOs, business entities, governments or governmental entities, and academic research think-tanks) will have joined the campaign.  Tens of millions of volunteers and hundreds of millions of dollars of funding will have been generated in support of projects and initiatives around the globe aligned with the Fouryears.Go objectives.

How the campaign will work:

Using the internet and social media networks and creative content from Wieden & Kennedy initially (but later from additional media specialists who enroll in the campaign), individuals and organizations will be attracted to Fouryears.Go website where they will experience a compelling enrollment message and be invited to become a part of the campaign.  The website will be designed to appeal broadly irrespective of age, gender or particular areas of interest or work (environment, war, food crisis, climate, gender, oceans, etc.)

For more details and updates, sign up NOW at www.FourYearsGo.org and tell everyone!

A Letter to the Most Illustrious the Contessina Allagia degli Aldobrandeschi

Written on Christmas Eve in the year 1513 by Fra Giovanni. As beautiful as it is timeless, but then…truth is eternal. While it is titled: “A Letter to the Most Illustrious the Contessina Allagia degli Aldobrandeschi,” Most simply refer to it as “A Letter to a Friend.”

A Letter to a Friend

“I salute you. I am your friend, and my love for you goes deep. There is nothing I can give you which you have not. But there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take heaven! No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in darkness, could we but see. And to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look!

Life is so generous a giver. But we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel’s hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow or a duty, believe me, that angel’s hand is there. The gift is there and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Your joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven. Courage then to claim it; that is all! But courage you have, and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together, wending through unknown country home.

And so, at this time, I greet you, not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem and with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and shadows flee away.”

Growing Up With Michael Jackson

You may be interested in this blog about growing up with Michael Jackson and all the Jackson Kids, written by my nephew, Milbert Brown.  Click Here to visit his blog.

– Ray

2300 Jackson Street By Milbert Brown

Quickly I ran out to play, under the puffy white clouds that hung neatly in the clear sky—a few miles from Lake Michigan waves.

Keeping watch was Mama, hawking me as I anxiously waited to get dirty with Joe and Katie Jackson’s kids.

My squeals of delight punctuated the summer air as I played for hours with the large family that lived across the street. Their petite home rested on the street named in honor of U.S. President Andrew Jackson in Gary, Indiana. It was only a short rock glide from my great-Aunt Esther’s house.

Tall and shapely, she was my favorite. She had cocoa skin and an empowering voice that vacillated between the conversation of royalty and the ferociousness of a bobcat during heated debates.

If there were even a hint that she was losing an argument, she would simply end it with “it’s a long story.” Her rich oral fables brought comfort to neighbors and guests, who were welcome to sigh, laugh and lie about the activities of the day.

Indelibly etched in my heart are Esther’s narratives with feelings that reflect the aspirations and hopes shared by my working-class family, the Jacksons, and thousands of others in Gary.

The house she shared with her husband, Turner, was where I grew, learned about life and witnessed the tumultuous rise of the world’s most famous musical family, the Jackson Five-my childhood playmates.

I was very young when I played with Michael—so all that remains are flashes of memory, largely obscured by the mist of time. We were only old as recharged car batteries-about 2 or 3 years old.

Years before Michael, the boy who would be King, whose talent engulfed the world and forever altering the course of musical history—-his grandfather, Samuel Jackson was a morning fixture sipping black coffee in Aunt Esther’s kitchen.

When the Jackson brothers were still performing on the “chitlin’ circuit,” they often played at Sonny’s Den, a neighborhood juke joint on 12th and Grant Street. I lived about a block away, but I was still too young to even walk pass the spot.

The emotions from those long-ago days at 2300 Jackson Street have unearthed stories of my family’s relationship with the Jackson family.

The eldest Jackson, Rebbie, and my older cousin, Faye often practiced jump-rope routines on the warm neighborhood sidewalk.

One evening, Jackie Jackson or “Jackie Boy” as he was called back then, was caught drinking gin by his Mama, Katie. Jeffery, Esther’s son was usually with Jackie Boy during his episodes of backyard mischief.

My Uncle Ike’s love interest was Michael’s aunt, Lula Jackson. Their relationship produced a baby boy, Wendell, who is my cousin—and “The King of Pop’s first cousin.

Many years have gone by since those times at Aunt Esther’s. But, I will always treasure the moments on Jackson Street and our family’s enduring love. Most of all, I hold close the memories of wrestling in the grass with the Jackson kids.

Milbert O. Brown, Jr., a Gary, Indiana native, is the online editor of “The Brown Report” and a freelance writer-photographer based in the Baltimore-Washington, DC corridor. 2009 Copyright by Milbert O. Brown, Jr.

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Dr. Ray Appears on ION TV’s Positive Living

Dr. Ray has been chosen to appear on Ion TVs Positive Living show!

Positive Living is a new show that has been airing on four channels, 13 times a week this year in Canada.  It’s been so successful that the Positive Living television series has now been picked up by ION Life in the US as part of their exclusive fall, prime time line up!

How To Watch Ray:
An interview with Dr. Ray is featured in Episode 106, which airs in the US on the evening of October 25 and on the morning of October 26.  To find out how to watch in your area, click here.  You can look at photos from the shoot and learn about the other Transformational Leaders and episodes here.

About The Show:
Create Your Amazing Life! Positive Living is an exciting new lifestyle television series designed to educate and motivate. A growing number of people are embracing conscious lifestyle values with an interest in creating a life of greater accomplishment, distinction and contribution. Show host and creator Aida Memisevic takes viewers on a fun, lighthearted journey as she seeks answers to questions relating to the science of success.

Who’d Have Thunk It?

Amazing COmments in 1955 -- Only 54 Years Ago!

Amazing Comments in 1955 -- Only 54 Years Ago!

‘I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $10.00.

‘Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $1, 000.00 will only buy a used one.

‘If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. 20 cents a pack is ridiculous.

‘Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter

‘If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

‘When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage..

‘I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies any more Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.

‘I read the other day where some scientist thinks it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas .

‘Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the President.

‘I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.. They are even making electric typewriters now.

‘It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.

‘It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

‘I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

‘Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government..

‘The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

‘There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend, it costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

‘No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $15.00 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my blood.’

‘If they think I’ll pay 30 cents for a hair cut, forget it.’

Know any friends who would get a kick out of these, pass this on! Be sure and send it to your kids and grand kids too!