The importance of mentoring growth

What you see above is one of my own favorite creations. I not only read but draw as well. My parents, though complete opposites in personality, both fostered the ideals of “go where your heart desires.”

My father, early on, mentored the ideals of “reading is fundamental”, early on. He introduced authors such as Piers Anthony, Douglas Adams, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and many others. There was not a book or even encyclopedia which was not opened in our home. Even dictionaries and thesauruses were not safe from my reaching fingers. Knowledge was, and still is, a sort of aphrodisiac. I thank him for that yearning.

I also have a love of art and music. I grew up in a musical household. My entire family, from grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and of course parents – all were singers and/or players of instruments. We were constantly singing in church choirs and musicals as well as singing to songs on radios or tapes. Even I, at one time, played the violin as well as sang in the church choirs and musicals.

It’s my parents who’ve instilled the love to reach out and follow my dreams of writing and artistry. Though they’ve always told me to have some realistic goals, they’ve also always supported my dreams and believed I can attain whatever I set my mind to. Always having faith and never putting me down.

Thus I’ve believed that fostering such growth in not just your children, but each other, is essential in our lives. We flourish in these environments. I hope everyone takes it to heart.

Elfin Dragon, aka Lisa G.

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