Girl Warrior. Spend time with a mentor. If you don’t have one, find one. Chances are, this person is already in your life. Chances are, you’ve already engaged in a mentor-mentee relationship. Chances are, you may not recognize that you are connected in this way. Chances are, you are close to this person.
Take a look around you and ask yourself these questions.
Who is the person you admire most? Who is the person who teaches you things in a manner that feels natural rather than professorial, purposive or patronizing? Who is the person who leaves you feeling uplifted after spending time with them? Who is the person who challenges you to think beyond what you know now? Who is the person who encourages you to grow fully in every capacity – physically, spiritually, intellectually, emotionally? Who is the person who has your best interests at heart? Who is the person who tells you the truth in a way that doesn’t hurt or harm? Who is the person you want to be like when you grow up?
Girl Warrior, take a moment to write down the name of a person next to each of these questions. Chances are, this is your mentor. If you’re lucky, more than one name will crop up. But even if it is only one person, consider yourself blessed.
Now, go to that person and tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life. If they aren’t physically close to them then pick up the phone, text them, email them, send them a letter or a “thank you” card. Do not put this off. It is imperative that you acknowledge whom your mentors are and that they know how much you value their presence in your life. Let them know now that the world is a better place because they are here. This is the very personal gift that you give back to them.
Once you have done this Girl Warrior, take a second look around and ask yourself this. Who can I mentor?
2 thoughts on “Diaries of The Breadman’s Daughter: Spend Time with a Mentor.”
Boo, you brought me to tears with this beautiful thought tonight. I could never wish to accomplish anything more important or satisfying than to be perceived as a mentor to someone I love and admire. Know that mentorship is a two-way street and I have learned so much from you too. One of the best things you made me more aware of was making the effort to share deliberately, and with love. Another was to learn to accept help and praise with grace and gratitude. So, thank you.
Thank you Silk. I don’t think I ever adequately thanked you for the 9 years we worked together. I learned so much from you during those years and I will be forever grateful for being on the receiving end of your talent, wisdom, intelligence, humor, kindness and grace. And that’s just for starters Beautiful! xx