Hope for Halfway

Hope for Halfway: Some thoughts for mentors

At my house last week, it was a little crazy. The previously uninitiated had Covid, while I played taxi-driver to my husband who had a newly broken thumb, all while trying to complete some key projects. So, by Friday evening I was entertaining my favourite escapist activity: holiday planning where I’d rather be. A walking holiday of the South Island, Aotearoa New Zealand sounded perfect – mountains, bracing air, and greener than green as far as the eye can see. As I traced my imaginary route, I came upon this, the only available accommodation in one remote spot:

Yes, when my feet are sore and my muscles are aching from an active day traversing wild terrain, yearning for a bath and a hot meal, we arrive at Hope Halfway hut! It looks like a Hobbit’s garden shed, and according to the facilities listed, there is water (from the stream) and a non-flushing toilet, but at least there seems to be a mattress!

As we reach the mid-point of the year and June begins, I wonder what “hope halfway” is looking like for you, and for those you mentor? Reflecting on the landscape of your year this far, has it been rocky ground you’ve covered or a gentle hike so far? How are your muscles holding up to the workout? Maybe you’re making fabulous progress, thriving on the journey’s challenges, or perhaps a mattress in this rustic shed is looking really good right now!

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