My publisher, Herald Press, asked me to do a guest blog on their MennoBytes site. Having written lots of guest posts, I decided to answer a different question, one I get a lot when I talk to groups about my memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World
“How does this childhood story relate to your later life as a professor, college president, and foundation executive?”
So I chose to write a post about leadership and used Robert Fulghum’s famous “All I Really Need to Know. . .Kindergarten” approach.
Here’s how I boil down (click to read) leadership from things I learned at home and church.
AFTER I wrote the post, I went back to the scrapbook Mother made for me long ago and found this amazing note written by Mary Lauver:
In this note I see a woman leader using the gifts available to her at the time, transforming her childlessness (a great loss in her mind) into mothering all the children of her congregation, saving and re-using everything (the rag bag becomes luggage for the trip), using every inch of writing space, using imagination (the story is told from the perspective of the corn and bologna), describing her love of nature (the corn and bologna are consumed after setting up camp on an island near Niagara Falls and after making a campfire).
So, after I wrote the blog post, I found even more in this story. And no doubt, I will continue to learn even more as I hear from more readers and reflect longer and deeper on childhood as gift, childhood as lessons learned, and childhood as preparation for all other stages of life, including death.