Tag Archives: Mentoring Heroes

Epitome of a Mentoring Hero

“Is this the famous author, Mary K. Doyle,” my friend, Herb (Herbert Sohn, M.D.), would lovingly ask every time he called me? Herb made me feel important, special. But I knew that I wasn’t the only one. He spoke with everyone like that. Herb was the epitome of a mentoring hero. He knew where people […]

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Learn by Doing

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 […]

Our Stories Are Our Gifts

On the way down to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College for my first class in my Masters degree program, my father’s doctor called to tell me that my dad had terminal cancer. Thoughts of my dad and caring for his needs along with my siblings dominated that class. It became part of my story. In that cohort, […]

Spiritual Role Models

My step-son, Marshall, says that his pastor is his spiritual role model. Marshall uses him as an example of the Christian man he wants to be. He says that his pastor’s enthusiasm and love of Christ is contagious. He lives his faith through words and actions. The power of spiritual role models is far-reaching, and therefore, presents tremendous responsibility for […]

Teach to the Child Not the Class

In elementary and high school, I wasn’t the best student. My grades were mostly Bs and Cs. In college, I got all As. The variety of classes, teachers, and formats offered classes that aligned with my learning style. We don’t all learn the same way, and good teachers teach to the child. Young students can […]

We See You

Like it or not, we are being watched. Our children, spouses, friends, neighbors, and coworkers see us. Our actions and words are witnessed by everyone we encounter. And those actions and words affect them. We have the potential to brighten this world through simple kindnesses-a helping hand, a smile, a word of encouragement or sound […]