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.
Thanks Elizabeth for sharing the message about the value of mentoring. The timing of your message is uncanny – as I have just this weekend had a great conversation about mentoring…
I was walking in the Southern Flinders yesterday with a dear friend sharing our experiences of deepening personal knowledge and personal development, and she shared her recent experience of seeking mentors. She now has a gratis arrangement with 2 admired women who have each agreed to meet with her for a coffee a couple of times each year to discuss her career journey and share their experiences and tips. This is important food for her soul – opportunity for deeper connection with other kindred spirits in her field of work, a tool to avoid personal discouragement and isolation when her particular gifts are not appreciated by others in her day to day work environment. Our conversation left me thinking this is a wonderful resource that could be of benefit not only in the career field but in the area of personal growth.
Coming home from this camping trip to find your email about spiritual mentoring – further amplifies the concept and benefits of mentoring – your words have really struck a chord with me.
The synchronicity indicates to me that mentoring is beckoning me – and I will consider further how I can both gain from and contribute to mentoring in various areas of my life. Thank you for writing about this Elizabeth!
Thank you so much Cherie – I am so glad it was in alignment with your soul xxx