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WHooping Crane

April 28, 2013

[In the spirit of providing daily commentary, I’m adding digraphs, those two letters that unite to consistently form a single sound, to my A to Z posts.]


»         Help others on their paths
»         Display elegance
»         Live wisely
»         Represent the light

Stark whiteness, accented with black wing tips. Grace and elegance of large creatures that wing their way across the skies. Almost extinct, brought back through major breeding efforts that included leading them on migration routes using ultra-light craft.

But what message do they send, in addition to resilience? Young whoopers, raised in captivity to ensure success, are released in small groups near adult wild cranes. The young cranes learn their migration route by following these older cranes south in the fall.

We have the opportunity to serve as role models, to help others find their way, as we wander through this play called life. Our guidance can be gentle and subtle, understanding that our way might not be ideal for another. But for those who wish to follow our path, we can guide with light and wisdom.

Have you mentored another? Would you do it again?


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  1. Great post! I guess you could say I’ve mentored my children, other hairdressers, and other writers.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  2. Thank you for another very informative post. We have lots of gray cranes and white cranes living on the lake here in AL. They are majestic birds. 🙂 I have mentored others and yes, I would do it again.

  3. Great post Beth thank you! Blue cranes are our national symbol here in South Africa.
    Yes, on mentoring – am currently doing this .. plan to help youngster learn chess.

  4. As a teacher, every day is about mentoring other people – both young and not so young. 🙂 There are days when its a tough job, but overall there is nothing quite as wonderful as watching a student grab onto something new or seeing a new teacher light up when they try a new method. 🙂

    • And so often, teachers don’t know or see the impact they’ve made, which a student carries with them for years. Not always immediate gratification here!

  5. elaaw permalink

    Mentoring another is a privilege of the highest order, a deep responsibility, and so rewarding for both. Sharing and passing on a part of yourself to another, is a priceless gift. I think one of the first steps is to realize that each of us has something to share, and then understand how to do that effectively and humbly. The example of the adult WHooping Cranes leading young cranes who are not their own, is a wonderful example.

    • You’re a pretty good example, yourself!

      • elaaw permalink

        Yes, I think we all try, with our co-workers, friends, and for our children or others’ children. And I also take your comment to mean, that I’m a good example of the young WHooping Crane also, a person who’s been graciously mentored by others, even by you, and very grateful for it always.

      • Actually, you’re a good example of how we can mentor in some areas and be the mentee in others. We can always learn and grow and we also have things we can share with others. Balance!

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