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Mentoring: A Vow of Great Price

Updated on May 30, 2013

The Seed of Beauty

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The Challenge of Mentoring

I originally published this hub last year and I'm very grateful for the response of my followers. After re-reading it this week and in view of recent events I decided to send it back out across the ether with new energy and vitality. Why? Because I hope people will recognize the value in loving another individual enough to help them develop their dreams and aspirations.

There are some really phenomenal kids out there who have dynamic potential for good. I wrote this to encourage people, (especially men) to make time to stand beside them as Mentor stood beside Telemachus to experience and become themselves.

A Poetic View of Mentoring

I looked into the eyes of Mentor and asked

What say you of poverty my friend?

Mentor said to me, it is a vow of great price

It escapes you because you are not open

What escapes me Mentor?

I do not understand, explain it please

What say you of poverty my friend?

Mentor said to me, its riches are infinite

How can that be I asked, how can that be?

Who would desire such a fate?

What bypasses my intellect, my strength?

It is not a matter of intellect, or strength Telemachus

Tell me then Mentor, what is it I lack?

Your mind and body are strong my son

Yet within your eyes the light fades

Tell me Mentor, how will I see?

With your heart Telemachus, with your heart

Poverty is a condition of the mind and heart

What do you believe? Where is your heart Telemachus?

There are men who have much, yet are impoverished.

There are men who have nothing and lack exactly that.

You are young Telemachus and can move from place to place

Yet bound by the poverty you want to avoid.

Embrace it, feel it, experience it, love it for it too, is a gift

For which, like gratitude, has only one appropriate response


For in the vow of poverty there is no desire, no need

only gratitude, and the presence of goodness and purity

much like the core of the Magnolia, Fragrant, alive, new!

Thank you Mentor, you have given me what I need

Thus I can pass it on.

Clint Eastwood answers the question: Why Mentor?

I gladly welcome you comments

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Oh phdast7, that explains it, and yes, I was referring to your Hub name. Hahaha! And for writers, is there ever tmi?

      Thanks again!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I am guessing you mean phdast7? Well, I am technically near incompetent, and have a terrible time remembering names, handles (boy, that dates me), passwords, etc.

      Fortunately my middle son is pretty much one of those terribly useful and terribly irritating IT geniuses. So, he was over at the house the day I was setting up my gmail account and my HP account.

      I was kind of whining about how how hard it was to emember a bunch of logins and passwords. He finally took overfor me and came up with phd (for my doctorate) ast (my last name which is German, altho I am mostly Polish) and 7 (my favorit number). Now, if you meant some other aconym, I am going to feel really stupid. :)

      From your fan mail comment. I do love teaching and learning and teaching, formally, informally, as part of a discussionamong family and friends. Depending on what one reads on HP, there is a lot of learning and teaching going on in an utterly non-threatening and enjoyable way. It suits me perfectly as I have never cared for the traditional social media outlets. Probably way more than you wanted to know. :)

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Wow is right phdast7 (okay, you gotta tell me about the acronym please)

      It is I who is grateful to you for reading and taking the time to comment. You're right! If we spent a few more moments listening to what the world is saying back to us or what we say to each other for that matter, we'd be in a whole lot better place.

      Again, thanks for teaching!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wow! Excellent poem with a tremendously important philosophical message. We have such a hard time hearing anything like this in America, but we should listen a little harder. Thank you for SHARING this with us.