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M is for…

More than the greeting-card line that will be read and heard countless times this Mother’s Day weekend.

And while I add my own praise and gratitude to the Mothers in my life, and the Million things they have done and continue to do, M is also the beginning of meaningful words that have nothing to do with maternity.  To name a few and what they’ve come to mean to me :

DSC03619-BM is for Money.  A mantra I recently coined for myself: Make sure I control Money.  Don’t let it control me.

M is for Math.

file0001330166183 Without it there wouldn’t be money.  But it’s more important than that.  Math is a key player in “The Theory of Everything” —  not justhe movie, but in the governing principles of the universe.

M is for Mentoring.  Mentoring is a word that regularly pops up on business, writing, and the business-of-writing sites.  I saw it on a blog post just last week. file000729042698  My online dictionary defines mentoring as advising or counseling a younger colleague.  It also points out that a mentor is someone trusted. Unsaid is that mentoring is usually unpaid.

It may be a newer buzz word, but Mentoring has been around as long as families. It’s what those of us who are oldest daughters grew up doing, though we didn’t volunteer for the position and I’m not sure our younger siblings would have called it that.  It usually manifested itself in mantras like “Do what your sister tells you to do.”  While that was sometimes seen by siblings as an invitation to tyranny,   it was more often viewed by those of us in that position as a mandate to set a responsible example, as in “You’re the oldest, you should know better.”  We were expected to pass along life lessons along with homework help.

And now I realize Mentoring is a life-long opportunity for everyone.

Before moving from Kansas to Colorado, I’d spent four years tutoring in a remarkable program that provided assistance to local community-college students struggling to learn despite being physically, emotionally, or cognitively challenged.  It was called tutoring, but it went far beyond explaining academic material.  It involved time, effort, encouragement and trust.  Those words sum up Mentoring.  I am not currently involved in any formal mentoring, but opportunities to do so informally, like Math, exist in everything.  I recently discovered them in the success stories shared in a support group.

On the coffee table in her living room, my mother kept a bowl of those little round candies imprinted with an M – you know the ones that melt in your mouth, etc.  Thanks, Mom, for an idea worth replicating. I’ve begun purchasing packages of the tempting morsels.  The contents now frequently spill into a bowl on my own living-room table, inviting others to share some sweetness and reminding me of the Many things I can count on in life.

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  1. D'Ann
    May 9, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    M is for memories of which we share many. Love your blog!

  2. May 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

    I love all the M words esp the mentoring one! But I did ask a math major “why do we need math” “what is it’s actual purpose” and he said well, “let me think about that.” He still hasn’t gotten back to me on that yet!

  3. May 10, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Great M is for blog.

  4. May 17, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks. Good blog!:) I am the eldest child and grew up with responsibility. If anything went wrong with the younger kids I was responsible! We all survived and turned out well.

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