Thank you to Maya Angelou for the quote, and thank you to Simon Sinek who won over my nerdy head and heart with his work on “WHY”, but now he has a new book to be released on October 15th, a significant date for me and AWW “Ageless Women of Wisdom”.
Anyone who really knows me knows that I am awake in the 3 am to 5 am area in meditation and allowing Source to share with me what I really need on any particular day. The interview Simon Sinek did with Bryan Elliott on UTube came to me this morning. The interview was on the book THE INFINITE GAME Simon just finished. While the book was focused on business, it came through loud and clear that this was really about the game of life where we can choose to play FINITE games with a focus on winning or losing. But with INFINITE games there is no end to the game and the players and rules and more are changing.
As with most of my early morning learnings, what was being shared was so appropriate for my work with AWW. AWW is not FINITE, it is the SHARING of WISDOM through the generations of women to change life for the better for all women–it is INFINITE. SHARING can go on forever, but the movement has to start somewhere and sometime. The time was now and the movement was mine to begin. I am a born writer and a born giver, but I am also an introvert and a nerd! I see things other people do not see like how Simon Sinek’s book really has many other applications, and I have not yet read the book. SOURCE brought it to me as a gift this morning. And gifts need to be shared.
SHARING is something that I have really put to work with my regional professional networking groups for women in Northeast Ohio. Rather than a “taking” mentality, it is a “giving” mentality. It has been the proving ground of the wisdom all women have and how powerful it is when the women SHARE the WISDOM with all women no matter their differences in ages. All have something to bring to the table through energy and conversation and really contributes to the reduction of ego-minded stress and insecurities and weaknesses the women feel. They in turn SHARE that “giving” mentality with others not only in the groups but in their personal and professional lives. It is a direct result of learning “not to go through life by yourself.”
This, without my knowing it, was a part of the continuum and momentum that led to my founding of AWW this year. Not every woman will join one of my groups, or others like it, and I am sure there are others who are nurturing this type of SHARING, but it became a purpose and a passion of mine to take this further, to ask women what would make their lives better on a personal level. I cannot do this purpose and mission alone, and ASKING other women how I can help them was helping me bring a way to do this on a grander scale to other women, first in Ohio, and then potentially national as a nonprofit. But I digress, and I want to stay on track with the purpose of this blog, which is “a letter to all women” regarding AWW.
How would I do what was mine to do? We began AWW with AWE “Ageless Women Emerging” this summer with three open membership conversations in a natural setting with no strings attached –women joining other women in “Conversations” to talk about “What would make your life better in 2020”. It worked immediately, the confidentiality of anonymity and learning that others had the same desires for ways to make their life better bonded them together with the larger purpose of all of the topics they created over the summer would remain anonymous and would be moved to prioritization through the formal Launch of AWW on October 16th.
And so the Launch will happen with a woman by the name of Mary Faktor who created an artistic comedy about a phone conversation with a best friend that lasted through the generations of her life. It was an INFINITE creation aptly named THE SIX AGES OF WOMAN. And so the launch took form. How appropriate to find the right work with the right woman creator to launch AWW. And SOURCE provided her as my friend many years ago. And this was where my values regarding women came into play…
Mary and all women involved in AWE in the future would be paid for their work. There would be compensation.
At the Launch, the ideas created during the summer would, following THE SIX AGES OF WOMAN every woman would be invited to participate in the prioritization of the ideas which would then be used to create the next step of AWE, the SHARING part, Retreats designed by the participants in the months of 2020. Retreats of various venues and costs to invite women in Northeast Ohio for a day in the middle of the week to carve out for themselves to make their personal lives better in 2020. Women constantly receive invitations to attend programs that “will make their life better”, but they are never part of the process to say what those programs will involve. And in 2020, with day long retreats, the next step will be to plan for 2021 overnight retreats, and then to take it all to a larger geographic area. This is the SHARING of WISDOM infinitely.
So, WHY this letter and WHY now from me. I have never found it easy to ASK for help, but in order for me to help all of the potential women I can help women reach through AWW, I need your help.
It takes courage to ASK FOR HELP, and Brene Brown shared that many years ago. I have always “fronted” BRAVE even including Sara Bareilles cry for help song by the same name. And I am calling on each of you to help each one of you and many other women in the future. Join me in my belief in “Servant Leadership” which has led me to do many things in my life to help others. I am ASKING you to join me in Acts of Service. It is all about relationship building, building trust in SHARING. The needs are many:
Buy tickets when you receive the Eventbrite invitation for THE SIX AGES OF WOMAN on October 16th. There are a limited amount but still a good amount to be sold to pay for the venue and Mary Faktor’s gift to all women. And SHARE the invite with women friends. It is a thoroughly enjoyable and fun program. But more than that, you will become part of AWW as “WE” choose the priorities for the 2020 Retreats.
Send “Presenter One Sheets” to be considered for presenting topics at the retreats in 2020. Do not underestimate your potential contributions. Call me at 440-670-2252 if you have questions about the “Presenter One Sheets”. You can find info on the internet about creating your own to submit to firstname.lastname@example.org Please send them to me by October 1 so that I will be ready when the topics are chosen two weeks later at the Launch!
Join me, I ASK YOU TO JOIN ME IN THIS MOVEMENT, as an INFINITE GAME which is all about how the world works for each of us. We are all looking for Joy and Happiness infinitely. Ask yourself “WHAT IS LIFE ALL ABOUT”? You have the answers and I ASK YOU to SHARE your WISDOM and join with me in AWW “AGELESS WOMEN OF WISDOM”.
THANK YOU TO SOURCE FOR SENDING ME THE MAYA ANGELOU QUOTE…we all know what we do to achieve the individual beauty of the butterfly we each become through life. Each butterfly in the above graphic is different. Each of us is different but each of us is the beautiful product of our own transformation through life. Let’s SHARE this beauty with all women…I ASK YOU, Please and Thank You!