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About Mentoring and Recovery

by Shannon Cutts
January 7, 2014

Me with one of my mentors. :-)

E.E. Cummings once said that “the hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.

But how do we learn how to ‘be ourselves’?

Factoring in the little we remember about genetics from middle school biology, and adding to that murky mix the impressive (and at times oppressive) array of social and environmental nudges that come at us each day, the simplest answer is – we learn to ‘be ourselves’ from observing and interacting with those around us.

Or in other words, mentoring happens.

Even when we don’t realize we are being mentored, we are always watching, always learning from, always being influenced by others.

The goal of Mentoring and Recovery is to help us all learn how to:

  • do a better job of supporting ourselves and each other
  • identify mentors who can guide us along the path
  • learn how to use the presence of a mentor to achieve our recovery, mental health, and life goals
  • explore how we can give back by becoming a mentor ourselves, and
  • apply the teachings of some of the world’s greatest mentors to our own daily unfolding lives

If you have questions or ideas for topics you’d like to know more about, if you have a great mentoring story to share (as a mentor or a mentee, or both!), or if you would like to be a guest blogger on the topic of mentoring for mental health, please email me at shannon@shannoncutts.com

Thanks! :-) Shannon

 

 

 

 

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  • Shannon Cutts: You are so welcome, Mark – thank you for sharing your experience of reading and contemplating!
  • Mark1: Thanks for the encouragement and thanks for the great post. Who would of thought a simple truth like this...
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