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Becoming willing to be mentored

I don’t follow directions well.

Let’s take cooking for example. I don’t need to watch Hell’s Kitchen because I go there every day. After all these years I have not yet cured myself of the irresistible impulse to skim a set of recipe instructions, nod my head sagely, and counsel myself, “well, let’s get started then – how hard could it be?”

Quite hard, and quite often, as it turns out, although I can’t discount the frequent opportunity for valuable key learnings such as:

• Spray non-stick cooking spray into skillet, THEN turn on gas flame
• Timers are there for a reason (also, unburned cookies taste better than burned ones)
• Steaming brussels sprouts is easier when you add water to the pot
• Before cooking, thoroughly consider ordering takeout

Yet I persist.

2 thoughts on “Becoming willing to be mentored

  • August 3, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Shannon, I love this post! So well-written and such a positive message.

    I, too, am terrible when it comes to cooking, and was never really open to learning how (though my mom has really tried to teach me!). I’m not sure why that is. You’re so right about being willing and ready to open yourself up to learning. I do love the idea of brainstorming about who to learn from. Fantastic advice.

    Also, welcome to Psych Central. 🙂 I’m ecstatic that you’ve starting blogging here. 🙂

    • August 8, 2010 at 7:41 pm

      Awwww….thanks! 🙂 I’m so happy to be here with YOU! 🙂 If we ever don’t live half a country apart we should definitely sign up for cooking class together!


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