Many of us have experience, expertise, skills. Many of us have knowledge to pass through to others. And many of us don't know how to go about it. But those who do - the teachers, the mentors, the guides, the leaders, the coaches, the inspiring nurturing voices in our paths... they know how to reach us. They leave a mark on us. A mark we never forget.
I don't know about you, but I remember all my teachers, the ones who made a difference in my life and my growth, the ones who left their mark on me. I remember them, and I cherish them. Even more so as the years go by.
But what makes a great mentor? A great teacher? A great coach?
To me, a great teacher SEES what the student needs or longs to, and tailors her/his teaching to THAT. A great teacher finds a way to access the student, and she/he reaches them, no matter the resistance, the barrier, the challenge. A great teacher SEES the student, and the student as a result learns to SEE themselves.
The mentor-mentee relationship is an exploration of expansion, growth, and communication. It is an opportunity to reach and to welcome another. It is a moment to hear and to be heard. It is having eyes to see and the perspective that is changed as a result of being seen.
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In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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