This is a tough post to write, because it is about someone I love. Someone that I want to succeed. Someone that I truly want to help...but they didn't ask.
I wonder sometimes how many people have felt that way about me - they have seen me say or do something that they KNOW is holding me back in life but they are too polite to comment. It's the circular reference of mentorship - how do I know to ask for help if I don't know I need it and, conversely, how do I offer my help if you don't ask?
This week at church our Pastor discussed the importance of mentorship in all areas of our lives. Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." We were never intended to do this journey alone. We were never meant to figure out how to navigate marriage, parenting, crisis, faith, heartbreak or career without support or guidance. And yet we live in a society where we all either dance around each other, afraid of overstepping OR we walk right into each other's space uninvited and stomp all over their pretty white carpeting.
My question, and it truly is a question I am asking myself this week, is "how do we find the right mentoring relationship?". I've had some lovely mentors over the years, and they all happened very organically. But if right now, today, I am struggling with something specific that I need support and guidance on - how do I go about finding the right person?
Like so many things in this world the answer comes to you if you put it out in faith.
If you want to find a good mentor, BE a good mentor.
As I look at the areas of business that I would love to have advisement on I also realize that there are other battles that I've long since fought and won that I could help someone else overcome. As I look at my shortcomings and desire for wisdom as a parent I KNOW that I've learned valuable lessons that I would love to share! Though I am in my infancy as a Christian I bet there is someone that might benefit from a clumsy prayer from my heart.
So this is my declaration that if you are someone that is struggling with something in life that you think I might be able to help you with or just bounce ideas off of - I am here for you.
How can I help?