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Holiday Season 2005
In the spirit of traditional holiday gift exchanges, I
invite you, this month, to get and to give.
Get a mentor for yourself, and/or consider giving
gift of mentoring to others.
Maybe you've been reading — and doing
— the Watercolor miniseries, in which you
practice one self-mentoring behavior each month. If
so, you've come a long way
And maybe now you're ready to find a mentor for
yourself. The trend today is to find what Susan
RoAne called a "mentor of the moment."
Someone who works with you for a limited time, on
specific skills or knowledge you'd like to acquire. You
can get started on that search here, today. Check
out the list at the bottom of the page.
That's the getting part. Now for the giving.
If you're subscribing to and reading this newsletter,
you know the value of having a mentor. And so, this
holiday season, consider offering your
hard-won knowledge and experience to someone
This someone can be a coworker who's new to the
office, a niece or nephew who'll soon be entering the
work force, or a child you don't even know yet but
who knows s/he needs the kind of caring a mentor
can provide. There's a list of organizations looking for
mentors, too, at the bottom of the page.
As Kahlil Gibran wrote, "You give but little
when you give of your possessions. It is when you
give of yourself that you truly give."
So consider giving the gift of mentoring, and getting
some friends or colleagues involved, too. Forward
newsletter; spark something "right in your
As for me, I've signed up to mentor a young writer in
2006. I'll keep you posted.
In the spirit of a holiday blessed with a balance of
giving and receiving, happy mentoring to all!
Places to Get a Mentor
Find a Mentor
Places to Be a Mentor
Technology (local to Northern Virginia)
Owl Mentoring for Young Writers
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry