The other day I was at my Starbucks working on a project when an older man and younger man walked in together and sat at the table next to me. I tried to focus on my work, but I found myself more intrigued by their conversation. I didn’t want them to know I was eavesdropping, so I put my headphones on and muted my music 🙂
It was apparent to me that the older man (let’s call him John) was a professional mentor by the way he spoke. I found myself wanting to take notes as John talked with the younger man (let’s call him Daniel).
I heard John say he was going away and he wouldn’t be able to meet for coffee any longer. Then, John slid a piece of paper across the table and encouraged Daniel to find the gentleman whose name was written on the paper. Daniel asked him,
“How will I know when I find this man?”
“He will say the things which are written on the reverse side of the paper.”
After Daniel hugged John goodbye and walked out the door, John’s wife walked in and sat down across from him. She asked him,
“How did Daniel take the news about your cancer?”
“I decided not to tell him.”
His wife replied,
“John! So, what did you tell him?”
“I sent him away to find my mentor.”
Shortly after John and his wife left, I sat there trying to figure out the logic behind John’s instruction to Daniel. Then it hit me. John cared so much for Daniel that he wanted to make sure Daniel would follow the one who was greater than John. John never doubted because he remembered all of the amazing things that his mentor did for him as well as the things he saw his mentor do.
I bet when Daniel learns of John’s passing, he’ll return to bury John and pay his respects, but after that, he’ll return to follow the man who John respected. Just a guess.