Did you know January is Celebration of Life Month along with Intl Creativity Month, Self-Love Month, Natl Mentoring Month and Be On Purpose Month, and many other designations?
Well, what about celebrating life every day? What about tapping into our creativity and viewing that as gift as a mentor in our life? What about loving ourselves through all of life’s challenges? What about celebrating those challenges as Unexpected Mentors?
Our Mentors are everywhere. They inspire us by exposing us to new ideas, the things we see in the media, concepts and plot twists from our favorite authors, or are inspired when we watch seemingly ordinary women become larger than life heroines by taking on challenges and saving the day. They are the people in our lives and the situations we find ourselves living through and overcoming. If we are lucky, the people who inspire us are also the people we love…our family.
Grandmothers who survived losing husbands and the deaths of children. Great Aunts who succeeded in carving out lives for themselves despite the fact society frowned on women invading men’s business sanctuary. Sisters and cousins maintained a deep strong bond of not only kinship but also friendship.
Now I invite you to consider the circumstances of our daily lives as mentors. Circumstances as mundane as spilled milk or forgetting to pick up milk on your way home, to the catastrophic such as losing a job to losing a loved one to a horrific illness or being diagnosed with one yourself. Those circumstances are unexpected mentors helping us to change, bend, blend adapt and grow into the unique individual we are destined to be.
How we cope and the fact that we keep on keeping on, is a tribute to the people who have mentored us and the lessons we learned from the unexpected mentors those circumstances brought into our lives.
Rising to the challenge of reinventing yourself because your husband’s new job took you across three states and away from all your family and friends.
Learning how resilient you are after three breast cancer diagnoses and making the decision to heed this wake-up call to cherish every day of your precious life.
Stepping out of your comfort zone as the supporting player to be the speaker, workshop leader and author of your own life.
Who Mentors You?
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