This week I am at “home” in South Dakota packing up my old room. My parents are moving and my free storage unit is being relocated, which means I have to sort through a bright070-452 blue room frozen in 2004.
I’m a bit of a sentimental, so I knew these few days could be challenging. I braced myself to throw things away I had not seen in years and give to Goodwill what still could be used.
Several times yesterday I found myself cross-legged on the shag carpet642-994 reading letters, old papers, cards and getting lost in the past through old pictures and scrapbooks. This room, frozen in time, still encapsulated everything bout the 16 year-old me who once lived there.
I remember thinking I had it all together, but yesterday’s artifacts070-453 reminded me how much of a mess I was back then (but seriously, what teenage girl isn’t a mess!?). I kept thinking to myself, “how on earth did I get here, to a place a stability, sanity, security and deep life satisfactions?” Sure, I don’t have everything figured out and I haven’t
perfected the art of “life”, but I can say with a great deal of confidence that I have grown up so much since I occupied this blue room.
My confidence, hope and strength is rooted in the deep love and grace of Jesus. That is how I got here—10 years later, 10 million times better off than I was back then.
But in the details of it all, I see the people God put in my life to help mold me into the woman I am today. If I put the puzzle pieces together of the last 10 years of my life, I can see so many people that came along side me, invested in me, encouraged me and loved me enough to help me grow up and discover my true gifts and talents. Had it not been for these amazing people that believed in me, I might still be wallowing in the self-pity of a 16 year-old who lacked the confidence to truly be herself!
Some of the mentors I had
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in the past came organically through the situations I was in at that time: church leaders, bosses and professors. But, most of the time I had to pursue the leadership I wanted in my life. If I saw something in someone’s life I admired and wanted to strive for, I asked them how they got there and started to build
Most people want to share their “story”, we just have to be bold enough to ask. I have had many different types of mentors in my life over the years: spiritual, career, wellness and relationships. I saw a career I wanted, and reached out to someone who was there. I saw a marriage I respected and I asked the couple to be part of my boyfriend’s (my now husband) and my life.
Where are you today? Are you looking for people to help you get to the next step in your personal or professional life? If so, ask! Find people that are doing the job you dream to do or living the life you dream to live and begin to build a relationship with them. Didn’t your mom ever tell you
“you are who your friends are”? Find people you want to be around and simply get around them. No, not in a cheesy “I want to be you when I grow up” way, but in a “teach me, guide me, mentor me” way.
I encourage you to take a few minutes to think about this today. Think about where you are currently heading and where you want to go. Think about the people whose lives inspire you. Make a list of people you want to learn from and simply reach out. If they are in your city, take them out for coffee, and if they live far away, shoot an email and plan a call.
The cool thing about life is no one has ever arrived. There is always more to learn and room for growth. I’m going to be taking my own advice and making a new list today.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and
― Benjamin Franklin
Tell us what you think! Does this article make you want to seek mentorship? Does it help you see how much you have grown in life or ignite a desire to grow?
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