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Mentoring as a Structure and Theme for Life

I woke up much earlier this week to a strange structure in my neighbor’s backyard.

I studied it, trying to figure out what it could be.

A shower? A bathroom? A closet? Or perhaps a tiny garden gazebo?

Like a small wooden UFO, it simply appeared, and has been parked there quietly ever since.

Now, there is a small house under construction just across the way. And I happen to know that my landlady’s husband is the general contractor for that house. And it just so happens that my landlady and her husband live downstairs.

But that small structure is still much too wide and much too tall to fit through the front door of the half-finished mini-house behind us.

For that matter, even I can figure out that it doesn’t make much sense to build a usable, useful structure in the backyard, only to have to take it all apart again to get it indoors.

So what could it be? What will it be used for? How long will it stay there?

I have no idea.

5 thoughts on “Mentoring as a Structure and Theme for Life

  • August 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Isnt this the truth! Every day we try to form things in our life that make sense of our lives and our struggles. I used to HAVE to have these answers to life, to my daily questions. It literally drove me so mad, I think the drinking helped numb all the chatter. In sobriety, recovery, and mentoring, I have realized that letting go has been the greatest gift in my life. I have a tattoo of this because when I took a moment to let go, and seek guidance, without demanding understanding, that is when I was open to new opportunities for growth. A great piece! Thanks for sharing

    • August 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      Hi Kendra – I used to have all those answers too – preformatted and ready to go (sometimes still do if I’m being honest – hence the need for continued mentoring!) My poor mentor. Anyway… 🙂 I love that you actually tattooed a reminder. I have one too – the chinese symbol for ‘wisdom’ on my left foot. I joke that I am still waiting, but it is truly a reminder of what I seek and how important it is to me. Thanks for sharing! So insightful! xo

  • August 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I like to think that the strange structure is a practice piece. That (in my mind’s eye) a child is being mentored by the contractor in how to measure, how to cut, how to join pieces together. The structure has no practical use except as a teaching tool; but in that, it has great use. It can be taken apart and given a new configuration. It can show the effects of exposure to weather, and to insects. It can demonstrate proportions. Its imperfections themselves become teaching tools in play and creativity. It can be something of which the child can be proud to have built with her or his own hands.

    • August 9, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      Hi Elissa – I absolutely love that analogy (although I certainly hope that isn’t what my general contract neighbor intends to do with this particular piece! 😉 But I agree – it is a teaching tool, and certainly presents new possibilities to a mind that may be struggling to embrace possibility within a rigid pre-formed structure. Awesome observation – thanks!!

  • August 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    this anology is awsome i laghed because it is so true


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