By dannycoward on May 02, 2006
Stand up and touch your toes. Are you stretching down with your upper body and arms, or are your feet pushing up from the ground ?
You probably read about our new boss in software, Rich Green, returning to Sun. He used to be my mentor, spending time with me at when he was really busy with other things. Rich inspired me to see a broader and more sophisticated perspective of what Sun was doing with Java technology at the time.
Finding balance is a lesson I continue to learn from my Yoga practice - the physical balance of some of the standing poses or arm balances, the mental balance of effort and relaxation (you know the challenge if you've ever tried some of them, relaxing while you've been in your dreaded gnarliest pose for ten slow, meditative...contemplative breaths as your body begs for mercy). Or the spatial balance of the oppositional forces in a pose. The balance of safety and risk.
Everyone needs a mentor - whether its someone in a formal program like Sun has (the rules of which probably Rich and I ought to have been more careful students), or someone nearby you admire and who inspires you.
Someone who helps you balance the daily grind with being inspired to go do something you least expect of yourself.
Who's mentoring you ?