I was listening to NPR, which I love (radio channel 90.9 in Boston), when I heard this amazing story of “Unlikely brothers”. I have posted an excerpt and a link below.
Zig Ziglar, one of my favorite motivational speakers, says “when you encourage, you are encouraged”. It is worth reading that statement over to get its meaning. Each one of us can use some encouragement in our lives. One of the surest ways to get it is to encourage someone else.
The story below, about the “Unlikely Brothers”, is about mentoring. Mentoring in simple terms is making a commitment to be an encourager to someone through a long-term relationship.
Do you need encouragement? Find someone to encourage. Better yet, find someone to mentor. You will be encouraged.
One of the interesting things about John in the story below is that he was a “sad person” or “depressed” at the time he decided to become a big brother to Michael.
Sometimes, we may delay reaching out to someone else, because we do not feel “right” ourselves and we don’t believe we have that much to offer. The truth is you have a lot to offer and there is someone who needs encouragement from you.
Don’t wait to get everything in your life in order before reaching out to mentor someone else. Do it today! There are many Michael’s in our lives; in our families, our circle of friends, our work places, our churches, and our neighborhoods.
You will be amazed what will happen when you reach out. You will wish you had reached out sooner. You will impact someone else’s life and in some cases save someone’s life. You will find renewed energy and encouragement in your own life.
Stay inspired and reach out to someone today. You will be encouraged.
John Prendergast and Michael Mattocks; “Unlikely Brothers” – as featured on the Diane Rehm show on NPR
One was a 20-year-old Irish Catholic who had been a Georgetown University student in Washington. The other was a seven-year-old African American boy living in a D.C. homeless shelter. Their paths crossed in one of life’s random moments and altered both of them forever. The college student became a well-known human rights champion who works with George Clooney and other Hollywood activists. The boy from the streets became a drug dealer – before turning his life around. In a new book, and in an interview with Diane, they tell their story. How a brotherly bond forged decades ago helped each of them find their way in the world and taught them the power of commitment.
Click here to read the full story http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2011-05-18/john-prendergast-and-michael-mattocks-unlikely-brothers