A MENTOR IS AN EDDY
Character is like the ebb and flow of a river. The current changes at every bend of the river. Life is full of white water; rapids and turbulence are normal characteristics in the currents of a river. An eddy can be a place of rest in a wild river.
Eddies in a river are circular whirlpools caused by obstacles in the river. A large rock can cause the water behind it to flow in a circular motion. As the water meets the obstacle, a reverse current is created as water flows on the sides of the obstacle. An eddy is generally a good place to rest as the swift current is interrupted.
CAUTION! Some eddies can be dangerous! In very powerful currents, an eddy may actually capsize your craft. The metaphor of a Mentoring Eddy is simply a Mentoring Metaphor. This is not a guide for safety on a river! A gang may appear as a safe eddy. A gang can give you a place of rest: you may end up resting in the grave or resting behind bars.
As a Mentoring Eddy, you are providing a place in your heart where somebody can rest and feel safe knowing they can trust you. DO NOT BREAK THAT TRUST! The river of a young persons life has enough turbulence, a Mentor should not appear as more white water. Be committed to a long relationship that is rock solid and safe.
Authors Note: The term "eddy" has also been used as a degrading slang term. Sometimes young people will use the term referring to a special education student. Mockery is a powerful eddy that can capsize positive character development.
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