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Tell Me, Know Me

Mentorship comes in many forms. A parent, a teacher, a coach, an older sibling. The more I reflect on the mentor figures throughout my life the more I realize I've kind of been drawn to those relationships as long as I can remember. There are countless grandparent figures; parent figures; big brother/big sister figures; dear friends; and trusted, wise sources of counsel in my life. In the last four years several people have once again taken me under their wings.

One such person was one of my professors, I'll call him Steve (his name is Steve). He and his wife are an interesting couple with accents from the deep deep south that make it seem like their words are stretched from here to Mississippi. From the get go they were inherently interested in the students who would be a part of their life for the next couple of years. And somewhere over the course of my four years I heard him say this:

"Tell me how much you know of the suffering of another man and I'll tell you how …