I came to know Shirli at High School and she was my English teacher for 4 years. However, I am not talking about traditional English class skills, such as listening, speaking, etc. She was rather giving “skills” classes. Actually I really developed many skills, thanks to her. I grew the skills of empathy, self recognition… the necessity and desire of realising myself. These are the skills that I consider today as my “spiritual survival kit”.
Surprisingly, after almost 15 years, I came across with her again, during the most particular and delicate moment of my life: pregnancy and postpartum! This made me believe once again that there are no coincidences in life. She, once again, made me recall those skills I had developed, where I could much smoothly accept whatever is going on in my life and cope with them in a positive manner. I am really grateful to have such a former teacher and a lifelong mentor.
I had the great opportunity to work together with Shirli at the Renkli Kampus programme back in 2016. We were mentoring a group of young university students to manage a project in cooperation with an NGO to make a difference.
The project chosen was to establish standards at restaurants / cafes to serve disabled guests and the team came up with an idea of “certification” through stickers. The work included steps like designing stickers, coordinating trainings for sign language, as well as printing menus in Braille alphabet.
I very much admired Shirli’s positivity and the natural influencing skill as an output of establishing the relationship as peers / friends with “kids”. Also witnessed the youngsters appreciating the balanced relationship with her which accelerated the flow of the project reaching to the early delivery of the pilot. Even after the official timeline Shirli kept supporting the team through her networks in shopping malls and extended the reach.
Always a pleasure to see her commitment to what she does.
There are some people, as soon as they get into your life, shine into your life with light and vibe, mirror you, elevate your energy and make you feel good… I experienced it all, ever since the day I met Shirli within the Career Pass Mentorship Program.
During the 6-month time, through Shirli’s mentoring, I got to earn a great friend in my journey of self development and career opportunities. She helped me realise my weaknesses -actually learnt not to say that!; rather, be aware of the qualities I may and wish to develop. Through her mentoring, I learnt to look at things from different perspectives, especially at challenging times. She emphasised the power of actively standing still and waiting for things to resolve within their own pace.
Even though, from time to time, I have difficulty realising all that she guided me with, I am learning through practice. I truly love this woman. She made me be more aware of myself, love myself, and feel more beautiful, inside and out…
Thank you for everything…
Shirli… You feel her energy at the very first moment when you meet or shake hands with her. She is not only a person of a high energy; but she is a genuine friendly support. She, unconditionally and without doubt or question, would share whatever knowledge and experience she has. Therefore she is a good mentor.
Her Mentee (Nilhan Can) has spoken of her great mentoring performance at our closure meeting of Career Pass Mentorship Program. Later, after the mentoring process, I have had the pleasure to observe the positive impact Shirli’s mentoring “touch” had on Nilhan, the way she held on to life, embraced it, and stepped forward…
She is a person who ‘walks the talk’, when it comes to being in the present moment. She is fully attentive and aware of each moment. Therefore, when talking with her, any subject, you may feel as if time stands still, where the whole universe turns to it and focuses at it… That is why, you feel you have covered immense progress in such little time and effort.
For her professionalism, detailed, and focused attention, whatever task she takes, you can, immediately from start, sense that the outcome will be a fabulous one.
Is that plausible to say that, having anchored the concept of Mindfulness at the centre of her life, is a mere coincidence? I can say that Mind the Positive philosophy and platform is only a new beginning in her life. We will all witness where she’ll head from here. The journey goes on.
I am grateful to life, for having met you…