July 1, 2021
The painting’s religious symbolism is straightforward; what is less immediately obvious is that Jesus rather than looking at what Joseph is doing is gazing in awe and respect at his face. Arguing that there is more to mentoring than teaching skills, the article concludes that successful mentoring is not just a matter of receiving advice; it also means respecting the mentor’s character and attributes.
The article reminded me of the many heart-warming stories I have heard over the years of people in remote parts of the world who, despite receiving little education and having few opportunities, have flourished because their innate talent has been recognised and nurtured by a charitable organisation or a safari lodge owner or manager.
In particular, the story of Samuel Japane who worked as a security guard at a school in the northern part of the Kruger National Park came to mind. He loved birds and knew a huge number by sight and sound. Two women from the charity children in the wilderness came to the school one day to give a talk on conservation. Samuel got chatting to them and they, struck by his passion for birds and obvious talent, mentored him so that in due course he was able to become a guide. With his encyclopaedic knowledge of birds he is now a top guide at The Outpost in Northern Kruger. Samuel says that ‘Those two ladies put light in my future,’ and they most certainly did.
If you want to see the picture it will mean a trip to the Hermitage in St Petersburg…one day.
If you want to be guided by Samuel it will mean a trip to The Outpost, a stunning lodge in a very beautiful and less well known part of the Kruger in South Africa…one day.
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