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When the mentor becomes mentored

Wendy Hungry (with kind photo)

When you are blessed to have good people in your life, it can be difficult to decide who you want to write about or pay homage to during National Women’s History Month. However, there are always stars in the universe that shine so brightly that there is no way to miss their brilliance.

One such person in my life is my friend-sister, Dr. Lauren Michelle Walton. Our friendship began more than 30 years ago, and although I started as her mentor, she eventually became mine. Our friendship and relationship have connected on so many levels that we are now literally a family.

I remember when Lauren was a young lady who found herself planning to go to college. She would share with me her goals and the things she wanted to do in life. I loved listening to her and how she wanted to conquer so many things, she was happy to have someone who cared and listened.

As she continued to grow and mature, I realized that she was also interested in me and what was happening in my life. She witnessed some of the tragedies I experienced and would express her concern and compassion. Over time, I realized that I could trust her and that she was reliable. Finding people you can trust is rare, regardless of age.

Older people can sometimes think that they know everything and that they can’t learn anything from what we would call “young people”. Learning can happen on both sides of the coin. There are some things in life that you can only learn from time and experience, but there are also some people who are given certain gifts such as insight, the ability to listen, and guidance.

Once again, that would describe Lauren. Her concern for others not only made her perfect for her chosen profession (psychiatrist), but also her ability to serve on various councils that help people overcome various problems in their lives.

One such organization to which she has dedicated her time, energy and resources is Forgiving For Living, Inc. Our mission is to serve girls at risk between the ages of 13 and 18 to overcome behavioral and mental health problems in addition to low self-esteem due to depression, abuse and / or abandonment. She has been on the board for more than a decade and is currently deputy chairman. We are grateful for her guidance.

How Lauren has lived her life by uplifting others as she climbs should serve as an example to all of us of how we can change the lives of others just by caring. Being a mentor has many benefits because you can touch someone’s life and help them become the best they can be. I try to live my life this way every day, so I recognize what it looks like.

I think it’s always good to remember that in the end no one cares how much you know until you know how much you care. Lauren, I want you to smell your roses while you’re alive and well. Thank you for sowing in my life and helping me to be the best I am.

This National Women’s History Month congratulates Dr. Lauren Michelle Walton on her commitment to family, friends and the community.

Healing without hatred: This is a choice. This is a way of life. Hand it over.

Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org to learn more. Wendy is a life strategist, coach, consultant, author and speaker.

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