Robin Lynn Brooks is a contributing author in
The Mentor that Matters:
inspiration from transformative teachers, role models & heroes
Edited by Suzanne Fox. Series Editor, Andy Fox
"In every life, there is at least one “mentor that matters”: a person whose insights spark change and whose influence endures.
"In a series of brief and richly thought-provoking essays written by both recognized 'names' and extraordinary ordinary Americans, THE MENTOR THAT MATTERS: STORIES OF TRANSFORMATIONAL TEACHERS, ROLE MODELS AND HEROES shares the perspectives of forty unique individuals as each speaks about one person who unforgettably changed their lives."
Robin wrote about trauma therapist Dr. AnDréya Wilde (scroll down Author page) who helped to give her life for the first time. Without Dréya, Robin would not be who she is today. Because of Dreya's gifts to her, Robin has turned around to become a role model, inspiration, and mentor herself for so many others.
"THE MENTOR THAT MATTERS offers an array of possibilities and perspectives that affirm the human capacity to change, grow, connect, and make a lasting mark on the world.
"A go-to reading for anyone interested in personal growth, The Mentor that Matters will inspire readers to celebrate the richness of their own life journeys, remember their most extraordinary teachers, and continue to reach for opportunities to become 'mentors that matter' themselves."
Robin's story begins:
"I sit in the corner of the kitchen in an armchair. I am tense, as curled up into myself as I can be, my feet tucked tight beneath me.
"My voice shakes as I whisper into the phone to my therapist so I cannot be heard. It is hard to speak what I feel, the words coming broken and slow. I was silenced as a child and do not know, still, how to reach inside and speak what is there. But, gradually, it begins to come…”
After many years of work with Dréya, this is where Robin is now:
"I have found the strength that was already inside me, and I have discovered and now recognize the beauty of my being. Directly because of Dréya’s mentoring of me, I have come to understand, too, that it is my honor and soul’s purpose to give back and share with others what I have been given. It is my utmost desire to help others in whatever way I can so they might find their own way to healing and to the fulfillment of who they are.
"Now, I do not only allow myself to exist. So much more, I am learning how to live and breathe my greatest self as I become who I was born to be. I would not be here today without the extreme capability, guidance, love, and support of my amazing mentor, Dr. AnDréya Wilde."
…Such a gift
to be here
in this life
at this time
I have become.
[© 2013, Robin Brooks, the end of the poem "Who I Can Be"
from Robin's poetic memoir The Blooming of the Lotus: a spiritual journey from trauma into light]
I am so blessed.
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As I write, I discover more and more who I am, and, as I do so, I share with you, in case anything I write may resonate with, help, or guide you.