17 Ramadan 2012: Teach Me

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher. – Japanese Proverb

With a mentor, inner peace is a reality. Without a mentor, one feels alone with no one to turn to as a supportive, independent yet critical presence that uplifts and motivates.

There are many different kinds of mentors or coaches. First of all, some may be alive and some not. Yes … they may not be with us today but have left behind knowledge that gives us the right support we seek. Secondly, mentors may be consciously chosen or naturally occurring as in the case of friends or colleagues who touch our hearts and give us advice that is golden. Thirdly, one mentor cannot do it all, instead, mentors cover specific spheres in one’s life based on their experiences. Finally, and most importantly, all (both mentor and mentee) must have an intention that is nothing but to teach and learn respectively.

As we write this post, we wanted to acknowledge our Prophet Mohammad PBUH and all other Prophets including Abraham, Jesus, and Moses, for being awesome mentors through their stories. We also wanted to acknowledge all other teachers and mentors who have given us wise, critical and/or harsh words that set us straight on the path to sustainable inner peace.

The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. – Alvin Toffler

Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. – John C. Crosby

Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight. – Anonymous

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