This week’s Monday Motivation: Alaska Strength and Smiles, is all about the biggest state’s best of the best and the smiles that improve everyone’s day.
“Learn to smile at every situation. See it as an opportunity to prove your strength and ability.” ~ Joe Brown
There isn’t anything easy about striving to live a good life, doing good and striving to improve yourself and the world we live in, every day.
There isn’t anything easy or thrilling about the horses running off or equipment breaking or any of daily upheavals that come along with living in the Bush, in the remote and isolated Wrangell Mountains of Alaska.
Unless you let it be.
After over 20 years living in Chisana with Pioneer Outfitters myself, I have finally learned that life, itself, is unbelievably easy to take, when one looks at each drama as an opportunity or an adventure.
As it (that is, life and all of it’s irritations, no matter how traumatic they may be) becomes more natural to look at each and every day as an opportunity to learn and improve myself, it becomes easier to smile at every situation.
Scientifically, the more you smile, the easier life becomes, to just enjoy.
Ok, I made that up.
We all do know though, the more you smile, the more others smile. The more we smile (especially together and at one another), the easier it is to just relax. The more we relax, the knots we tie, in ourselves and life’s issues that we are dealt, are easier to untangle.
Alaska Strength and Smiles
As Professional Guides, as horse outfitters, as Alaska Guide Trainees and as a Mom, keeping this quote in mind, the obstacles that we navigate, climb or chase, are part of the adventure. Part of our growth as humans, professionals and as leaders.
The two areas I see that this quote has made the biggest impact on my life are as a Trainer and as a Mother. (Two completely separate set of dramas.)
Our Alaska Guide Trainees are under a lot of pressure. This is truly the deep end of the pool for people who dream of becoming a Professional Guide, capable of easily handling anything nature, happenstance, guests and clients or the wildlife may throw at them.
One point that gets repeated constantly to Guide Trainees is that controlling or dealing with anything at all comes second to controlling and dealing with yourself, first. This isn’t something that ever ends, if you (me, or anyone) wants to learn and improve yourself. Dealing with yourself comes a little easier if you remember the quote:
“Learn to smile at every situation. See it as an opportunity to prove your strength and ability.”
As Professional Guides and horse outfitters, “situations” seem to be part of the glory. (Yes, that was a little bit of sarcasm!) Being able to smile, and do what we train hard to do, well that feels pretty good too.
I hope this one is the motivation you were craving today!