Mentors along the way


The definition of a Mentor is a trusted and experienced advisor. In essence someone who has been there and done that. 

Life for me is like a road with convoluted twists and turns.  It is not always possible to see what lies just ahead. The many forks in the road leave only one choice open though it’s difficult to choose. The road behind me has clarity though as time passes, memory fades.  Today holds promise, where a seemingly benign decision can change the course dramatically. It’s a wonder we ever put one foot in front of the other.  We all need a Guide, a Mentor to help us find our true North, our path, our destiny. 

I think of the Mentors in my life as folks who were slightly farther down the path beckoning me onward providing me with a glimpse into what lies ahead and a smoother route to get there than the route they took. Their life experience has been invaluable as I navigate the path and avoid pitfalls and potholes

I think of my Mentors as voices from behind, words and advice given long ago that whispers it’s message, then shouts when ignored. These voices are the loudest during times of growth and inevitable change. 

I think of the Mentors of my life as the men, women and children who have walked beside me.  We chat about our experiences, hopes and dreams. Mentorship is a fluid concept as we share the reins and lead or follow depending on the situation that presents. We nudge each other ever forward. 

There are times when the path is only wide enough for one, uncharted territory. As I trudge through the overgrown terrain, careful of my footing and forge a path that few have travelled I glance behind and shine light on the path so others can follow. 

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Writing and photography are my first and second loves and thanks to technology I have the ability to share with a larger audience, including family and friends. Gone are the days of lugging around photo albums after a trip and of keeping a written journal of the experience that only I would view. The days of the handwritten letters are gone, but blogging provides a chance to share ideas, thoughts and photographs with a few mouse clicks and to receive instant feedback from around the world. It provides an opportunity to research a new place and to see that place through the eyes of a multitude of people each with their own unique way of viewing and experiencing the world. It opens the world wide and allows us a front row seat. Blogging connects us and creates a family of support. It provides an outlet and a chance to perfect the craft of writing and story telling. When I sit in my living room drinking my coffee and see that someone from another part of the world has read my words, and then I read theirs, the world is much smaller and more attainable. We are more alike than different as we share uniquely human experiences. Once I had a dream of becoming a Journalist, but somehow life got in the way. I currently have a fantastic career in healthcare and know that I have made a difference so I have no regrets. Still, I wonder if there is time to explore the road less travelled?

3 thoughts on “Mentors along the way”

  1. I think mentors can also sit beside you when you need to rest or consider your next move. I know some of my mentors have had to overcome the stubbornness of something until I do an “aha” and release the grip on old patterns. I know it can be hard to think of myself as a mentor to others. Especially when they too struggle with indecision or ennui. I know in working with you that you appreciate the learning and leading that you do…..


    1. Thank you for your comment. I must say I’ve learned something from everyone I’ve met. My favourite memory of you is when you overcame your fear and explored NYC on your own. I’ve never seen you so alive!


  2. Hi Cheryl,
    It’s Janice from Reflections. Thank you for liking my post “9 Ways to Protect Yourself…” today. I’m pleased that it was so well received.
    Thank you as well for following my blog this week. I’m sorry I didn’t get over here sooner to thank you. Busy work week. Nice to meet you.

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