This is an historic week in the life of what we do...mentoring emerging leaders for life. This week Leadership Design Group (...once upon a time called Life Enrichment...) is 34 years old. In many ways, that seems almost impossible.
This picture, from our first hike of the season this year up in Rocky Mountain National Park, on a favorite trail this past April, is a good metaphor for what all we've done, do and will continue to be about. Throughly humbled am I as in the wee hours of this day I reflect on those 34 years.
I've made some colossal mistakes along the trail of these years, months, hours. There have been momentous moments, for the good, that have been wAy beyond what we could have imagined or dreamed.
I've watched lives change, heal, grow, become, accomplish beyond what those souls ever dreamed might happen. And there have been some for whom I still grieve their choices of giving up and giving in to the demons that have chased them.
I've experienced some of my own dreams fade and die. Some needed to. Others are still lingering in the shadows of my own imagination and hopes that sitll, yet, maybe.......some day....................
I, too, have wounded some people. Unintentionally, to be sure. But still wounded them. For that tears show up in these olde eyes even as I type this in.
I, too, have been wounded beyond what I ever imagined would take place. Intentionally, and I hope/believe unintentionally. Scars remain. But...........
As hours, days, months, years go by, I am also realizing that some of these wounds were necessary to further form me into who our God originally designed me to be. It was, by the allowable will and love of God, that my own stubborn attention could be gotten. I, too, have needed times of restoration before getting back on the main trail.
Over these years of personal mentoring, mentoring workshops, mentoring mentors in a variety of non-profits and businesses from "one man bands" to those with a "cast of thousands" from around the globe, one thought keeps showing up again and again:
The best of mentoring
when the mentor is also growing
in the ways the mentoree is being encourged
to also change and grow.
With our Circle of Life Mentoring Model we explore and discover what's taking place in 8 Dimensions, no matter the age or circumstance of one's life, past, future or in the present moment. Whether mentoring for a moment, or for months of committed involvement, being intentional, encouraging deep-change, for one's whole life, that emerges into transformation beyond what one has dared to even dream, is what we see happening over, and over, and over, and over again, and again, and again, and again.
You get the picture, I hope! lol If you'll please pardon my enthused reduncancy.
When people dare to explore who they've become (plus and minus) right down to the core of their soul and then are willing to discover their next steps for all of who they are yet to become, well...........it's often "watch out world!," for the developing impact they begin to live into, whether they are impacting a few or hundreds.
But, for all of us, occassional moments/months of restoration is crucial to growth. The best of mentoring helps one pause, explore, discover not only what's next, but often new trails are forged, long time dreams in the wild wilderness of our souls begin to become reality, corrections are owned and made, trails cleared, trials faced, life begins to be lived...to the max!
To that end, This week we celebrate Leadership Design Group's 34 years. A team effort of many who have been with us in ways for which we fail to find enough words of thanks. This Monday, my own olde heart if filled up with deep thanks, humbled to the core of me, at the lives and orgnizations who have been impacted.
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May this Monday find you experiencing some restoration that keeps you going strong on the main trail of your own good life!!! Who do you plan to be today in all that you will be about?