Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Drug Dealers, Hummingbirds & Gangs
Most folks probably wouldn't think that a hummingbird would have many predators. What could possibly catch something that has wings that can beat up to 200X a second, or fly backwards or dive at speeds up to 60 mph. There are a few predators who can catch a hummer.
My wife and I watched a National Geographic Special last night about a hummingbird that actually builds its nest near a predator. The reason is, the predator is not fast enough to catch the hummer and its presence keeps other smaller predators away. Tree rodents like squirrels and chipmunks will not steal eggs from the hummers nest because they themselves would be eaten by the hawk.
In some mentoring situations you may encounter dangerous individuals. Drug dealers and gang members need to be mentored like everyone else. Contrary to popular belief, these folks do not hide in sewers and live in gutters. They live and breathe where the rest of us do. If you can gain their confidence, they just might be the predator who will protect you.
Some things are more easily spoken than they are actually put into practice. It takes time to build a relationship of trust with anybody. A mentor has to know their limitations! Young people are very good at recognizing who is worthy of their trust. Playing basketball is a good way of building rapport. If you gain the trust of some leaders, you just might be able to open their hearts enough to plant a seed of hope for a better future. If you feel like you are in danger and you are uncomfortable - LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!
Mentoring comes in all shapes and sizes.
Be compassionate and committed in the mentoring size that fits you.
Thanks for your time.
Go do something nice for somebody.