I cannot count the times I have heard wonderful, wise words from a mentor, and then found myself passing those same words on to someone I’m mentoring, a short time later.
My mentor has a mentor. She is learning and growing and being challenged. Then she meets with me and challenges me. And then I meet with a few girls, and try to do the same.
Isn’t that fantastic? I love it. I’m part of a chain. We all have a role, and we keep the good stuff going.
Now, I do have to put in here that there is also a ton of value in those great, comfortable, peer type of friendships when you can connect and just live life in a similar way. Yesterday afternoon, I spent an hour talking with one of my dear friends, and it has left me with the same kind of feeling I get from putting on a comfy pair of sweats and drinking hot tea after a long day. You know that feeling? Letting your hair down. Being yourself.
We need those kinds of relationships, too. But I think they happen more naturally, and are a bit easier to come by than the mentor-type of relationships.
I have no idea where you’re at in your life. I don’t know if anything in any of these posts on mentoring has rung true with you.
I hope so. I hope you have a mentor. I hope you are a mentor. And if you’re not, I hope that you have that chance at some point in your life.
I hope you know how much you have to offer the people around you. I hope that you’re open to all of the wonderful, crazy, unexpected opportunities and relationships that God has up His sleeve for you.
I hope you can be part of a chain, too! I hope you receive that gift, and that you have the chance to pass it on.
Part 1: Embarking on a Journey
Part 2: Sharing Some Personal Stories
Part 3: So How Do I Find Myself a Mentor?
Part 5: What Do We Talk About Now?
Conclusion: The Gift That Keeps on Giving