Lately, I've been thinking a lot about mentors. I believe they play a crucial role one's personal and professional successes. Thankfully, I've been blessed with several remarkable mentors throughout my life who have provided advice, devoted time, opened doors, made introductions, and even funded my endeavors. I wish more people pursued mentorships with people they admire. It may seem selfish to search for a mentor, but in reality, I believe the mentor benefits along with the mentee. Well, definitely not as much, but still.
“Many years ago, I had a crazy-brilliant creative partner. Lives in Woodstock, NY, now. We’re still friends. We were a very tight-knit team. Sometimes, when we were on the road and eating at great restaurants—this was in the days of outrageous expense accounts—when it was time to order, my partner would tell the waiter, 'Surprise me.' He wouldn’t give a hint about his tastes, wouldn’t answer any questions. Just 'Surprise me.' I’ve done that a few times myself, and it’s really fun. The waiters love it, too.
Well, sometime last year, I realized something: I’ll trust a waiter to surprise me, with the full expectation that it’s going to be a great experience, but I wasn’t trusting God to surprise me. I’d be real specific about what I’d pray for, as if there were reason to be suspicious of anything outside the realm of what I could imagine I needed. So finally I started saying, sometimes, to God, 'Surprise me. I’ll let You decide what You think’s good today.'
And surprise me He has. It's been one astonishment after another. You're one of them. At a time when I really needed a kindred spirit and a challenging intellect in my life, in you dropped out of the blue—such a completely unexpected person and in such an unexpected way. A wonderful surprise I could never have designed.
The specifics I would ask God for are so dull and uncreative compared to His surprises. This is fun. I’m grateful. Thank you.”