The Mentor’s Gift is Their Presence
Being a mentor begins by teaching ourselves how to be present for those who show up in our lives. This is easier said than done. We have become a society of technological screen addicts who treasure multitasking and productivity over genuine interactions with others. Somewhere along the line, we have transferred multi-tasking from our jobs to the relationships in our lives. We keep one eye on the person we’re with, and one eye on the door. And if not the door, the cellphone, the next appointment, the piece of chocolate pie.
And in the process, we don’t give ourselves to anyone, including ourselves. To become a mentor who will make a difference in the lives of others, we must commit to giving our wholehearted attention to the moment—what we’re doing and who we’re with—in body, mind, and spirit. This is where all profound mentorships begin. And once we do, I think we’ll all be amazed at how much the people around us will start to change.
How can you be more present in your interactions with others?