I am lucky to have had many mentors in my (relatively) short existence. Each mentor opened up a new door in my mind and soul. I will forever be grateful for their teachings, patience and love. How can I ever repay them? Pass it on. Do not horde the gifts so graciously bestowed upon you or the brilliant nuggets your teachers have taught you. Pass it on.
Never did I stop and think that I could be a mentor until I stumbled upon a post by Shel Holtz, Communication students needs mentors; you can be one. I can?! No, not me. No way! Well,...maybe I could...couldn't I?
So, I signed up to be part of the Mentorship Connection coordinated by Allie Osmar of The Creative Career. I have been matched with a public relations student. We have conversed by email and will have our first verbal discussion early next week.
"We cannot climb up a rope that is attached only to our own belt." -William Ernest Hocking
There are times in our life when we can teach lessons learned based upon our experiences and when we have to open our hearts and minds to learn from the experience of others. Mentors come in all shapes and sizes...some come into our lives and stay for a long time, while others drift in and out as quickly as a breeze, yet their teachings are forever with us...guiding us.
Each Spring, since it was published, I have read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I relate and feel connected to her words about her physical and spiritual journey. Reading the book now is like Spring cleaning for my soul. I know the book like the back of my palm. In many ways it is my story too. That is why when someone (especially in the online world) refers to themselves or others as "gurus" I have to stop and chuckle while I recall Chapter 38 of EPL.
"A great Yogi is someone who has achieved the permanent state of enlightened bliss. A Guru is a great Yogi who can actually pass that state on to others."
I challenge all of you to receive the grace then pass it on.
(Photo courtesy Mukumbura (Busy)).