Mentorship

“Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. However, true mentoring is more than just answering occasional questions or providing ad hoc help. It is about an ongoing relationship of learning, dialog, and challenge.” Wikipedia

How can we mentor while separating the personal lifestyle from the business/career decision-making process?

This is difficult at the best of times & more so in the personal friend/family category.

Life is looked at through different lens depending on time, place, conditions, & emotions.

The world as we ‘see’ it, is not the same world that the men-tee ‘sees’.

When explaining our view of events, the other party does not necessarily relate or understand the context.

How then can effective communication take place?

We must try as much as possible to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes. Can we get a true picture really? Probably not but that does not mean we give up.

Hopefully, the men-tee will pick up some seeds along the way & later, as conditions unfold, connect the dots.

Which seeds find fertile soil & grow into big trees, is a tough answer to find upfront. Time will tell.

Are there foundational pieces that lead to more likely success?

There are numerous books that have answers to that question, including religious literature, such as the Tao Te Ching or the Bible.

Studying Lao Tsu or Jesus is definitely worth the time. These fellows had wisdom far beyond their place in history.

Can we emulate or match their ideas? Creativity & universal wisdom is available to all of us.

For all of you gals out there who are reading these thoughts I have added a video which I found when I searched ‘Mentorship’ on youtube.

Marissa Mayer had been at google for more than a decade, when I read this week that she has become the CEO of Yahoo at age 37. What she has to say may be worth the 6 minutes:

David

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A 12 Year Old Who Stunned the UN

You might want to spend the next 6 minutes to hear what she said back in 1992:

20 years later, April 16, 2012, 15 minutes worth hearing:

Are we listening? Do we care about conditions in 2030?

David Roberts suggests we are stuck between the “unthinkable & the impossible”.

He ends with “our job is to make the impossible possible”.

For Tyler, Matthew, & Sam

David

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Vision, Strategy & Execution

Do you ever have a vision of a different world than the one you live in?

Is it possible to change the one that we currently have?

Do we have to accept things the way they are?

Does it matter?

Those questions we each have to answer for ourselves, however, if the answer is ‘we would like to try’, then strategy comes next.

Wikipedia: “A strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a vision.”

Be quite clear as to the vision & then find others that have a similar vision to help create a strategy to move forward.

Execution is the third step in the process.

How does one move forward?

Let’s go back & discuss vision & leadership. Vision comes from ‘who we are’. Therein lies the key work, to discover one’s true self.

Once we know where we want to go, a roadmap can be created to get us there. Having like minds come together to help as a support system, facilitates the journey.

Execution, the next step, is extremely important, because without action, it would be much like faith without works, nothing materializes, nothing changes, it’s all talk.

How important is it to change one’s place in life?

Life is worth living rather than surviving.

Vision activates the spirit.

Spirit is life.

David

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Be the Change You Want to See in the World

Mahatma Gandhi gave us the opening quote for today’s thoughts.

The next step is up to us. How do we coordinate our thoughts & actions with the change we believe should happen? Do we believe change is necessary?

There is a definite paradigm shift underway worldwide, how do we ‘see’ ourselves in that shift?

Will we be a positive force within that greater evolution or a passive bystander letting it happen to us?

Go with the flow does not mean not standing up for something we believe in. The time to make ones mark is never over as long as there is breath left in the container we came in.

Our inner energy, spiritual energy, like all energy can’t be destroyed only redirected.

There will be energy drains & resistance along the way. We will experience overload at times & the vision we have will not automatically be seen by everyone.

Following a path of creativity is a risky path as the destination is unknown. Doors that open on that path are as much from faith as insight. Knowing those doors will be there takes courage. Staying the course takes patience & perseverance.

Positive, unifying change is change worth having.

Life is a gift worth living.

David
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Kids

Kids

We had our grandson, Sam, over for four nights. Though a wee bit tired, Dave & I enjoyed his visit. Five year olds are a going concern, especially five year old boys. Non stop action all day long and then, crash, at night. And did we ever! All three of us were in bed almost the same time, at eight thirty.

Taking Sam home means a trip on the ferry to meet his Mom, who also takes a trip on the Salt Spring ferry to meet us at the terminal in Swartz Bay. She and Sam had an extra hour before catching their ferry home again, so they went to the playground.

There were a few other boys playing on the pirate ship (Sam’s favorite) and the kids all started up a conversation, with one of the boys asking Sam:

“How old are you?”
“I’m 5 ” said Sam
“Well, I’m 7 years old”, replied the other boy
‘Well, I’m 11!” piped up another one
“Well, my cousin is 16 years old” added the third.
Sam pretty well wrapped up the conversation with the following:
“Well, my Nana is 62, and she’s a kid!”

You’ve gotta love it! But to be serious for a minute, think about what he just said. It strikes at your heart, doesn’t it? Wouldn’t it be great if we could go through life never losing the ‘way of the child”…the way kids stand in awe of all they see, the way they live in the present, the way they live in their imaginations, enjoying each and every day. If we could remain ‘child-like’, not childish. If we could do that, wouldn’t the world be different? Wouldn’t we appreciate more, love more, live more? There are few people who can look at a child without smiling. There’s something in children that tugs at our hearts.

Raffi, the children’s troubadour, talks about ‘child honouring’, and so we should. There’s so much to be learned or re-remembered about being a child. And there’s so much that we as adults, forget or gloss over about a child’s vulnerability and sensitivity. Kids soak up everything we say and do. They mimic, good and bad the examples we set. Being a grandmother re-confirms my belief that raising children is a huge yet wonderful responsibility, never to be taken lightly and never to be shrugged off.

Raising children is a time commitment. It takes time to play and talk and listen and it takes time to discipline and set boundaries. Building that firm foundation which allows kids to flourish and grow in confidence, knowing they have the support of loving surroundings is a serious endeavor.  But that’s what the world needs more than anything.

Our children are the future. They will be the ones pulling the strings and making the decisions someday. I would hope that Sam will face that future with a loving heart, with confidence in himself, with a sense of responsibility coupled with a sense of fun, with a connection to nature and to community. And never losing the childlike wonder of the every day.

That reminds me of a poem I once wrote:

If I could plant a garden of souls,
I’d do it with utmost care,
I’d furrow and till and rake the rows,
A fertile foundation prepare.
A mixture of tenderness, patience and faith
Would softly line their beds,
Caresses, blessings and kisses sweet,
I’d lay upon their heads,
I’d tuck them in gently, one by one,
And cover them over with love,
Then softly lull them to sleep with song,
Watched over by angels above.
Well watered by words of wisdom old,
From sages of long ago,
The air filled with sunshine and laughter and joy,
I’d watch those little souls grow.

Till next time,
Ina
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How Important Are We?

Take a moment to zoom in & out on the scroll bar to the bottom of the  following chart.

The Scale of the Universe

So what makes us unique? Intelligence?

Might our truth or purpose be values based?

If you can get past the pictures of Russell Crowe, the Gladiator may have some of those answers (5 min):

Might Yoda help us dig deep (5 min)?

If you are still wondering where to look for self, listen to the ethereal words of Enya:

Look for a mentor, in your community or cyber-space, they just might help.

David

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