Rebecca Bishop, hot chocolate, and “CAFFEINE COMMUNION”

This interview with Rebecca, April 18, 2018, started in Cafe Brioso, then moved across Gay Street to Cafe Phenix, where proprietor Gary delighted us with authentic, dairy-based, rich hot chocolate.

Rebecca Bishop Apr 18 BriosoPhenix

A longtime avid supporter of matters-downtown-Columbus, she was on her way to a Downtown Residents Association of Columbus (DRAC) meeting, where she serves as a board member. I hope they’re familiar with the Cafe Phenix menu!

Rebecca is an educator; “It’s my nature to help and develop people. I have an innate skill to teach or train almost any occupation.” As a current means toward this end she’s working fulltime while she pursues studies in a Masters academic program. Her experience includes teaching at the secondary level, pre-school and Headstart. She’s also an experienced hospitality event planner.

She adds that her favorite time of the week is Sunday morning, her time, with coffee, the NY Times and CBS Sunday Morning.

CORE VALUES: Here Rebecca quotes an Old Testament verse that has long-guided her, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8. Justice, humility, and peace-making. She also displays a poster at home of Max Ehrmann’s poem “Desiderata.” as a source of inspiration.

Rebecca’s Current mission to EFFECT CHANGE: As she earns her Masters she is preparing to “open her own experiential learning center to teach self-sustaining growing practices, such as rooftop gardening, animal husbandry,” and the like.

EARLIEST MEMORY: At about age 4, visiting Geauga Lake in northeast Ohio in a station wagon with her mother, brother and cousin and realizing she and her cousin were wearing identical outfits.

Her FEELING of HUMAN CONNECTEDNESS: This feeling, for Rebecca, refers to the strength of her bond with her daughter, now living in Chicago. “I feel complete when we’re together, my most connected. When she suffers, I suffer; when she’s wounded, I’m angry and protective” She adds, “I’m a big fan of marriage, it may be one of the best things I can do.”

Her presence on the spectrum of SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE? “I’m right in the middle at this time; I’ve been at both ends but now I have the promise of abundance.”  Rebecca includes her bond with her daughter as evidence of this abundance.

Rebecca’s proverbial “BOX” that we’re often encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: Two boxes: 1) She broke out of a model she was raised within, that as a woman, she needs to be married. 2) Her self-imposed fear of failure, causing self-doubt. She escaped this box with a series of moments to re-affirm her confidence, i.e., as she matures she experiences organic transformation.

Source of IDEAS, her MUSE: “Being in nature, listening to music…and Hallmark greeting cards.”

On UNCERTAINTY: Rebecca “worries about it less…used to feel the onset of uncertainty as panic, but learned to not limit options by not attempting to find an immediate solution for her uncertainty. Imaginative options do arise in this period of rest, “by taking a non-reactive pause I’m preventing paralysis. The universe offers  options because I’ve trained myself to allow options.”

Henceforth 5-YEARS ahead, 2023: “I expect to fulfill my goal of achieving my education business and buying a farm.” Rebecca is optimistic of the future, since technology has provided tools to communicate and mobilize so quickly to leverage cultural change and she suspects this younger generation will do just that.

ANCESTORS: Rebecca can name her great-grandparents and would like to do further research.

And finally, Rebecca…WHATCHA READIN’? As a student, a lot of education professional journals. For pleasure, re-reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. And she’s downloaded Mel Robbins’ THE 5 SECOND RULE. So here’s the one-liner definition of the 5 second rule:
“If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea.”

Thank You, Rebecca, for your time and interview.
Let’s schedule a meeting, SOON, to get acquainted and conduct your interview for “CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers.”
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About orangeacorn

We are, I believe, and everything is, in perpetual unfolding/enfolding/evolving. By surface appearances, we're in turmoil and fearfullness, but in fact our existence is on the edge of a new way, beyond the US versus THEM we have grown with. I encourage you to join me over coffee or tea in face-to-face encounters. I call this exercise, "CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers." I'm a Columbus, Ohio husband, father and citizen. I practice string band sounds from the ridges of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, the vortex of the ancient drone.
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