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Rise Up! Newsletter

December 2013

In This Issue:

Quote of the Month:

"Graciousness in serving and being served marks the lives of leaders who have made the largest impact."

~Sue Mallory

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Message From Bobbie:

Community is a circle of service. We serve most authentically when we play every role within the circle. Giving and receiving in equal measure strengthens each person and in turn, the entire circle becomes a greater force for good. Service becomes the prime motivator of a powerful community when being served and being of service are one dynamic continuum.

Women easily and readily serve the co-created community: families, friends, relatives, workplace comrades and humanitarian causes. We often serve without asking, or even expecting, anything in return. Many of us believe true service lives up to an ideal of selfless contribution. But the opposite contains a deeper truth: being for the community begins by being for ourselves; service begins by allowing others to serve us as well. Sustainable futures require everyone's participation.

We are amazing beings: adaptable, flexible and willing. But, when service evolves into sacrifice as a way of being, and sacrifice becomes sacrificial, we are no longer true to ourselves or those we serve. We can even create weakness in others when we don't allow members of the circle to have a chance to serve and be served.

Mother Teresa once said that she was able to do so much for others, even in the worst conditions, because, she fed herself first. Feed yourself with one hand, physically, emotionally, spiritually, while you feed the community with the other. When we don't honor ourselves with thoughtful self-care, we weaken ourselves. That puts the entire, beloved, community at risk!

Featured Journal Entry:

Giving and Receiving

"From the time I was a little girl I wanted to join, create and serve the family and community; actually the entire world," Rachel told us.

Rachel is a generous woman, full of charm and infectious, positive energy. She attended a Rise Up! event to find strategic focus for an entrepreneurial project that seemed to be elusive. But she learned a bigger and unseen problem was holding back her success in home life and business.

"I'm a ‘more–the-merrier' kind of woman; more people, projects, service. I loved creating community wherever I went. The Rise Up! teaching, ‘Co-Creation Connects the World,' was perfect. ‘Good for me,' I thought, ‘I've got this one!' I took it as a sign that I was doing right and righteous things, creating a happier and successful family, workplace and larger community. But now I think I didn't ever really understand the first syllable: ‘CO!' Co-creation indicates sharing. I was much better at something like, ‘I am the chief sharer. The buck starts and stops here with me!'"

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Featured Exercise:

Balancing giving and receiving is a skill that can be learned and practiced. Here is an exercise to help you get started:

  1. Define for yourself: SERVICE! Make a collage or write a poem instead of a paragraph; we all express ourselves differently. Use your creativity, there are no wrong answers. The important part is to understand what we actually mean and intend with the words we use!
  2. Ask yourself: Who serves you and who do you serve? Is it an equal sharing of responsibility for the community, family, friends, work? Of course little children are served in the family etc. BUT are we just taking care of them or are they learning true giving and receiving? They are, after all, the future of the community!
  3. MAKE a list of what you need to serve the community and still be healthy, mentally, physically and spiritually.

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About Bobbie

In 2011, on a beautiful ranch in Santa Ynez, California, Bobbie created her "Rise Up!" movement as a means of empowering women to create the lives, relationships and careers that they were meant to have. It was named after Bobbie's ability to find possibility and opportunity in the midst of change and even crisis. Through one-on-one sessions and group workshops that she has done since 2008 Bobbie has helped participants reach their own epiphanies. Read more...

 

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