RE-POST from May 22nd, 2011
I was asked to be a mentor by a young woman – My first thoughts were…
Do I have time for it?
Am I wise enough to be a mentor?
Does one get paid for such a thing?
Blah Blah Blah !
Because it set off so many thought processes around it, I knew I needed to step back and look at what was really happening here. I then saw how my ego was trying to trip me up.
Once I had given myself some time to be still and see what I was really being asked to do – it was clear. For someone to ask you to mentor them is a God given privilege and an honorable duty to accept with grace.
The process of meeting with this delightful young woman was actually a gift to me as well; it has moved me forward on my own journey. It became very clear to me that it is a natural and essential way for humans to interact and grow. Since then I have been asked to mentor 2 other young women and I look forward to each of their visits with absolute excitement.
I now believe our lack of connection with each other causes most of our social problems.
Unfortunately some parents don’t even recognize they are mentors for their children and I think if the aged population had a young person visiting them for mentoring once a fortnight they to would be alive with purpose and active in ways they didnt know possible. Simply listening to the thoughts and perspectives of a young person would help to stimulate their thinking and expand their world. And of course the wisdom and stories that an elder can pass on are equally as valuable to our youth.
After a year of mentoring I came to the conclusion that ‘If you are not mentoring, you need to be mentored’ it is a continuum so to speak. A giving back to the world, your community, through your life experiences and a receiving process that comes with a level of respect that one cant find anywhere else in life.
I strongly believe that the rightful practice of mentoring in our world is the key to true human sustainability.
What follows is a small piece I wrote on the matter:
The Power of Mentoring –
Through the simple act of being a Mentor or being Mentored, we uncover our true purpose in life.
It is from this revered action of commitment and appreciation that an individual’s generosity and integrity abound.
From our somewhat hidden nature we find strength and unity.
We miraculously blossom and move forward with hope in our hearts for the generations to come.
My books are a result of my personal discoveries – They support women, young and not so young, who wish to activate their valuable wisdom and who want to birth their Light Leader within.