My Mentoring Mate

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 Posted by Anitra Elmore

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Can you be mentored by your mate?

I'd say so.

My husband has, by far, had more impact on my faith, my worldview and my work ethic than anyone I've considered an influencer in the past 20 years.

I'm not sure if he realizes it or even set out to do it, but when I began to think about my mentors, teachers and advisers, his name was on the top of the list. It got me thinking about how easy it would have been to miss his mentoring or, even worse, resist it. It also left me wondering how many couples do just that, and miss the opportunity to learn from the person they share life with everyday.

I'm glad I've realized it and I'm planning to make a real effort to make sure my guy knows that I did. It's not the kind of thing a spouse might notice or mention (unless she's asked to write a post and is forced to think about it real hard) and I'm actually a little ashamed to admit that I've let this go unsaid. I hope this serves as a little kick in the backside for any of you who share my failings. Let's be open to receiving, noticing and acknowledging our spouse's influence. Who knows how much better we'll each become.


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