Have you ever had a mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him or her?
Oh, yes! I’ve had a mentor who changed my life.
I don’t talk about spirituality very much because it’s a private thing for me. It’s an intimate relationship with God I don’t share with others unless it’s the subject of conversation….. and it hardly ever is.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet and study under a spiritual Master that, I feel, is the real deal. I won’t bother with his name or organization; I will take you to the things he said that changed my life.
The first interview I had with him, I was still low in self-esteem and was questioning him about things people said that I didn’t agree with. I wanted him to explain it so I could understand but what he said was, “Don’t let anyone make you second guess yourself…… you know what to do.”
BAM! No one had ever said anything like that to me before. I am always being told what I ‘should’ do as if I can’t think for myself.
A few years later at a meeting, I asked him, “In this culture we are told it’s important to have self-esteem but in spirituality we are told to have humility…..” That’s as far as I got when he looked at me (I can’t find a strong enough word for that ‘look’) and said, “Sister, don’t be a door mat.”
That doesn’t sound like an answer but it was. He was talking about my husband and how I was taking way too much shit in the name of humility, trying to be a good wife. I deserved better.
He did go on to answer the question; “If you don’t love yourself then you will never believe you are worthy of God.”
This man taught me to love myself and know I deserve to be happy. Because of him, I never feel all alone.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Mentor Me.”