Toddlers instinctively know that if they want to learn how to do something, they have to do it themselves. Try to help them, and they exclaim, “I do it!” The process is slower for us initially, but soon, they can zip and tie. They can care for themselves.
That’s what mentors do. They coach and encourage. Mentoring works on the principle of the old saying, “Give a man a fish. You feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.”
My dad was a powerful mentor. He encouraged me to work with him around the house by talking me through a job rather than jumping in to help me by doing it himself. I’m not afraid to tackle small repairs, to take care of myself, because of him.
My brother-in-law, Parke, is like my dad in this way. I recently installed two light sconces and a light switch with Parke’s assistance. I texted him photos and questions. He quickly responded with direction and encouragement.
Being able to accomplish little tasks like this is satisfying. Empowering one another with abilities is a gift of a lifetime. Thanks, Dad and Parke!