Even Luke Skywalker and Dr. Martin Luther King Needed Mentors

Mentors have shaped many before us and will continue to shape those around us.  Mentors make the ordinary, extraordinary by changing the lives of those around them.  With December's release of 'The Last Jedi', we can't help but think of a certain Galaxy Far Far Away... Luke Skywalker was able to destroy the death star because of the guidance of his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi.  Their relationship started with Skywalker being defiant to Kenobi's teachings but over time the importance of their relationship lead Skywalker to his success. 

January is a month we honor all of those who mentor and allow someone to realize their full potential.  On Monday January 15th we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.  One ordinary man paved the way for an extraordinary movement for civil rights.  Yet even Martin Luther King Jr. had a mentor named Benjamin Mayes.  Mayes' ideas about civil rights paved the way for Dr. King. Mayes was a believer in non-violent action which inspired Dr. King to preach that non-violence can overcome violence.  Mayes mentored King and in turn, they inspired our nation to do better by those who had historically been maltreated. 

The work of mentors might be hard to see without careful inspection yet their ordinary acts are so important.  Saying thank you is just a start to how we honor them.  We want to shout their names from the roof tops.  We adore our Bigs.  Help us this month honor our mentors and on January 25th thank them with us for #ThankYourMentorDay.  We are truly thankful for what our mentors have done and continue to do.  And don’t forget your purple!