Life tends to bring certain people to us...people with whom you meet and begin a relationship of sorts, only to find out that your lives have come to a full circle and you are both now 10 years older and wiser.
You have actually known each other for more than 10 years now! And you actually took nuggets of wisdom from that relationship and edified each other along the way. I think that gift alone is indispensable because nowadays so many relationships seem to float merely around surface level, where you just can't seem to submerge into people's lives fully--much less actually know what they think or feel!
Anybody relate to that one?
Yesterday I had the honor of [finally] meeting up with my old pastor, Dyne, and one of my long time best friends, Sena. Although I met Dyne when I was 16 years old and he was 26 at the time (exactly my current age, omgsh!), I have always considered him my mentor. Since he has begun his own family 3 years ago with his wonderful wife and adorable slash hyperactive baby, we haven't been able to communicate much. However, yesterday marked our meet-up after 3 long years! And Sena and I couldn't have left with a happier heart.
We met at Little Prince Cafe in Buena Park and this cute little place is the epitome of genius. It is perfect for families and moms who want to meet up over lunch or a nice cup of coffee. The amazing thing about Little Prince is that it is exclusively built for babies and toddlers unlike your local McDonald's with the little playground. Almost everything here is padded for your baby's safety, the little rooms are filled with baby-friendly decor, mazes in the form of a beehive beckon your tiny toddler to explore, and every corner is bolted with cameras so that you can keep your eye on your buggaboo.
Seriously. Great food, a clean playground (where you take off your shoes), and safety?! I can't wait to go back. That is all.
I know I sound creepy talking oh-so-highly of my old mentor, but if you were to ask me about the 3 most influential people in my life, then without hesitation I would say Dyne is one of them.
Not only did he take me into his pastoral care during the hardest and most awkward times in my life, when pimples thrived and certain friendships were the bane of my existence, but I finally began to feel accepted in this American culture thanks to his leading. I finally felt somewhat comfortable easing my way into American culture, and over the years I have observed his ways and have had the opportunity to glean so much wisdom from him. Most of these are probably tidbits that he would never acknowledge himself for!
Priceless Lessons from My Mentor
- Whatever you do, do it with love
- Care for the outcasts as if they were your own
- Give without expecting anything back
- Persevere through every season, because it's just a season
- Know your identity by spending time with God--even just 5 minutes!
- God speaks almost all the time, you just have to attune your ears to Him. Ohhhh burnnnn.
- Eat less cheese. The man seriously hates cheese on his pizza and peels it off! Haha, okay so that's still kind of weird to me...
- Be weird and quirky because you are awesome the way you are
- Talk and listen to the youth because they have a lot to say, and by doing so you are making them feel worthy
- Be real and genuine with those around you
- Make a difference long enough and uhhh pretty much all of LA and OC will know you and call out from afar, "Dyne! Do you remember me??!"
- Be persistent and consistent with the people in your life, because with patience and love their lives will be changed thanks to you being an instrument of God. :)
I couldn't be happier for him because he's been immensely blessed with a wife who is beautiful inside and out! And what's even better is the fact that they complement each other like PB&J, and I guess their new adorable addition can be considered the bread? Sorry about that one but I just had to.
Dyne and Kai and Sena, I really hope you enjoyed this post!
Right afterwards, Sena and I briefly met up with our friend Grace and played catchup.
We also had a pretend photo shoot at Cafe 7th Home and I just can't get over how cute Selah looks! She's totally posing like one of us.
I returned home with my heart full of encouragement to tackle the rest of the day, which included house chores, weeee, so fun! :)
I'm also starting to see just how much of an extrovert I really am. Greg laughs at me whenever I say that because he's like, "pffff yaaaa isn't that like, old news?" Why yes, yes it is. But as a new mom I can clearly see that I genuinely enjoy being with people and sharing conversations about life, because that's what life is all about, right?
Little Prince Cafe // Orange County
5300 Beach Blvd. Buena Park, CA 90621
So tell me! Do you have anyone you would consider a mentor in your life? Who has influenced you greatly?
In what ways have you changed over the last 10 years?
Are there any cafes/places like Little Prince in your vicinity?