The Grace Found in the Wilderness

What does it really take to make a really great and wondrous life in the bush of Alaska as a Professional Wilderness Guide?

It takes the determination to do the best job possible, faith, a deep love and respect for the wild that surrounds us and grace.

Folks ask sometimes, how it is possible that a little farm girl like me could have ended up sitting at the same table as Alaska’s old-timer Outfitters, Master Guides and their sons.

I could say it was simply a decision.

A single decision, to never quit and to learn everything about this world that I found myself in.

That isn’t really the whole truth. Oh, the decision was made, and over twenty years later, I am still learning. But there is more, if someone is looking for the steps to be taken to reach the position I hold as a Professional Guide of Alaska.

Here on-line, it is referred to as the “secret sauce.” That one detail that changes everything from status-quo or okey-dokey to AMAZING!

The Grace Found in the Wilderness 

It is grace. It is a pure love, given freely. It is the utter acceptance and understanding of what is and has been.


Grace

 

“A great leader needs to love and respect people, and he needs to be comfortable with himself and with the world. He also needs to be able to forgive himself and others. In other words, a leader needs grace.” ~ Leo Hindery Jr

A Professional Guide’s focus and purpose is found in those he or she leads into the wilderness.


To accept the responsibility of other people’s efforts to be better, to be more, to learn more; and to do my part in their efforts.

To understand their strengths and how to help them build endurance, to understand their weaknesses and how to help them past, around or through those weaknesses.

The Grace Found in the Wilderness 

As we ride out, I will be leading you into the wilderness with grace.

As a Professional Guide, I am called upon to lead people through dangerous terrain, to teach them how to stay safe in the wilderness, how to keep others safe and how to find and stalk dangerous game.

The best way of doing this is with grace.

How did I come into a position of leadership living this adventure of a life?

Through grace.

  • The willingness to give all to become everything I was born to be.
  • To learn something from each moment and to pass it on.
  • To be content in the moment, to listen carefully and respond only to offer help.
  • To always admit my mistakes and to be willing to accept help and recognize whom it comes from.


The Grace Found in the Wilderness 

With grace, I am able to:

  • To move and speak softly and only when needed.
  • To be alert and aware.
  • To understand how Nature and the wilderness ebb and flow.
  • To encourage another step, another mile.
  • To reward and to focus on the whole, not my own effort.

The Grace Found in the Wilderness

Living and leading with grace is to not be judgmental, but not to loose sight on the purpose either.

It is to be open to understanding and right.

It is into the Wilderness with grace we go, because it is in the Wilderness we will find grace in everything from the clouds drifting across the sky, the powerful rise of the mountains, the symbiotic relationship in each living critter and the force of the tiniest stream.

It is with grace that I lead others, learning from each and sharing of my own experiences and revelations.

Understanding that with grace, I will safely lead others to the dream that brings them to a land so foreign and dangerous.

Understanding that what we do cannot be done alone and we are all necessary to each other.

The brighter any one of the Team shines, the brighter we all shine.

Grace, is to me, the beautiful canvas our purpose is written on.


Have you found grace in your own life?

Please, share it with us here so that we too may look for it.

 

What If It Was You, Fighting For Survival

Fighting for Survival

What if it was you, fighting for survival? What if was a loved one, fighting to hold on? What if it were a neighbor struggling to do what is good and right? What if it was a perfect stranger, fighting to save lives, asking for your help? It is. #Stand4theManinBlack is exactly that. Fighting forContinue Reading

Leadership, Guide Trainees and Beliefs

Leadership

It’s an important question for all of us to ask and answer for our own growth. What do you really believe about Leadership?  We are each of us, leaders. As Professional Guides this is doubly true. So, have you ever stopped to think about what you really believe about leadership? All I have learned throughContinue Reading

Mighty Mike and #Stand4theManinBlack

Mighty Mike #Stand4theManinBlack

Mighty Mike, Cessna 206 N-1493M is our phoenix rising from the ashes and heartache of Cubby’s loss on September 16, 2013. The powerful black 206 Mighty Mike, is where my attention and determination is (and has been) aimed for the results of #Stand4theManinBlack. Almost a year has gone by since the day that Cubby wasContinue Reading

Your Alaska Grizzly Bear Hunt

Grizzly Bear Hunt

It is no joke and it certainly is no exaggeration: We have Grizzly Bears. Our Fall Big Game Hunting Season typically runs from the beginning of August through the first week in October. Last year, all of that changed. Now, October is all about Grizzly Bears. We are accepting 4 (FOUR) incredibly lucky Big GameContinue Reading

FaceBook and Stand for the Man in Black

FaceBook and Stand for the Man in Black

There are only two questions since this fundraising campaign began that I have not answered as yet. Both came from sharing #Stand4theManinBlack through FaceBook. I had been putting off answering them only because I thought they were excellent questions and I had hoped to make a couple more videos answering these important questions with theContinue Reading

Producing The Natural Physical Process of Guiding Leadership

Guiding Leadership

So what makes us each who we are? We have bodies, souls, spirits and hearts. When you add into the mix our emotions, experiences and desires, you have a person. It could be you, him, her or me. “The natural physical process” suits a Professional Guide to perfection, as we are all called to theContinue Reading

The Courage to Lead

Courage to Lead

As the year began, my own journey took on a deliberate focus, to Be Fearless. In all my choices, thoughts and actions, in all my business and personal dealings, with strangers as well as my own family, I would be fearless. Courage by definition is the ability to do something that frightens one; strength inContinue Reading