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Lost in translation

I have the privilege to be part of a mentoring program for entrepreneurs in the region I’m based in.

The fact that I was accepted last minute, which meant my mentor had to be brought into the program at very short notice too, makes the match even more remarkable.

You’ve probably heard the saying about how a person is in your life “for a reason, a season or a lifetime”. Well, my mentor is definitely in my life for a reason. Neither of us probably know exactly what that reason is yet (and I have a sneaking suspicion it’s not necessarily to make me a successful business woman) but in the first session I had with her, she completely dissolved the lump of fear I had in my throat that was threatening to turn into very real tears of utter despair. The second time, she brought me to tears.

The tears were partially flowing because of some sad circumstances in my family at the moment, but the reason I was able to finally resist holding them back was my mentor’s doing.

I was rambling about everything I was doing, everything I should be doing and hadn’t been doing and everything I wanted to do, when she brought up the concept of making sure you fill up the “you” glass so that you have more to fill the “others” glass with.

Hmmm – that familiar notion that one should look after one self in order to be able to help others. So simple, yet so hard to do.

As we spoke about the sort of things I should do just for me, I asked: “What have I done to deserve that?” As we were speaking Swedish, I used the word “förtjäna”, which actually means “earn”. So, my mentor burst out: “That is the most bastardised translation of an English word!”

According to her, you deserve to do things that makes your heart sing just by being you. You don’t have to earn it. That sentiment has been somewhat lost in translation as we carelessly translate the word “deserve” with “förtjäna”. To be worth (värd) something is a better way of interpreting the meaning of deserve.

Her words have been ringing in my ears for a couple of weeks now, and I am slowly trying to get better at acknowledging that I deserve to do things just for me.

So, what have you done recently, just because you deserve it? Please drop me a few lines about what makes your heart sing (and how often you let it).




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