I am grateful for every writing mentor that has helped me hone my craft. Some took me so far, but could not take me any farther. One mentor was especially skilled in non-fiction writing but not quite as talented when it came to fiction writing. Each mentor had different skills. Some were better at sentence structure. Some at storyline. Others excelled in word images. Each taught me something different.
I’ve also had spiritual mentors throughout my life, and I plan on having them for as long as possible. Many of those mentors I have never met, but their written words have guided my spiritual path. Others have been a part of my life in the form of ministers, official or unofficial. Most of those spiritual mentors have come and gone. I have become close enough friends with some of them to see their faults. Just as with the writing mentors who excelled in one area but were weak in others, these spiritual mentors have shown me they make mistakes from time to time.
Each mentor that comes into our lives serves a purpose, both for them and for us. As we teach, so we learn. And, in order to learn, we must teach. Do not be surprised to find your mentors make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to let a mentor go. You will know when the time is right, and when we are meant to have another mentor in your life, he or she will appear.
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