Today I was able to have breakfast with one of my mentors and his wife. There are really very few things that I enjoy more than sitting with one of my mentors and talking to him or her about life, career, and how good the eggs are. It really does not matter what the topic is, I always take something good away from these interactions. Today was no different.
You know, there are many different models for mentoring. Some are short term, and only help folks move from one transition to the next. While others may be impersonal and focused on professional interactions. The model that I have been brought up in is familial. Not in the sense of giving family titles like "work mom" or "kinship group," but more in the actual familial bond. When I spend time around the circles of people with whom I share mentors, it's like being at a family reunion. And the social support that I get from my mentor family is as real as it gets.
Having breakfast today was like a booster shot. It reminded me that I have a whole lot of people that care about me and want the best. From biological family to the family that I picked and who have picked me. It's all good, and I couldn't be more thankful.
I'm grateful for mentors!
Just a Thought... #CarryOn
Today I started the day off by preparing for a multicultural training. I love doing these, as they give me the opportunity to really witness growth in others, as well as feel myself growing as well. It is satisfying, in that building multicultural competence is not an easy thing. It is like an obstacle course with pitfalls and walls, and that cool zip-line thing. I get to watch while people challenge themselves in the most dangerous way, as in order to really work on your multicultural competence one must become open to the idea that you're reality is not actually reality. You have to be willing to see yourself as a full character. You can't just be the hero or the villain. You have to accept that there is a duality in your existence. In fact there is a multiplicity to your existence that is complex and interwoven with the multiplicity of the existences of the people around you. And then you have to begin the process of being mindful of how those complex existences are affected by the relationships that we all have to power and privilege. Basically, its not easy...
But here I am, just after finishing another training, amazed that folks would willingly put themselves through that crucible and then come back for more.
I'm grateful for open minds!
Just a thought... #CarryOn
So, I think that making gratitude lists is such a good practice that, My challenge for you is to write down one thing that you are grateful for each day!