Over the last few years, Pioneer Outfitters Survival & Guide Training has become known and grown with the highly selective approval of the state of Alaska. As we have grown, the age of the Trainees granted entrance to our hands-on program has dropped dramatically.
As we grow, learn and adjust to the needs of the young men and women who wish to join the ranks of Professional Guides, and as I find myself so much more aware and sensitive to their needs, I too, have grown.
For many of these young men and women, this is their first step away from childhood, and into a world that relies on them to be our own future leaders, Guides, if you will.
So. You may wonder how and why I decided to bring up our Alaska Guide Trainees and Guide Training for a Suddenly Sunday post.
I wanted the chance to share with you all, how important these people have been and are to my own life, growth and happiness. Sunday is a day of rest, a day of introspection and for some, a day of prayer.
Over the years that I have been directly and intensely involved with the training of Pioneer Outfitters Alaska Guide Trainees, I have experienced and gained as much if not even more from each of them as they have hopefully received from me. They are the instigators of some of the most amazing gifts and blessings I have experienced.
They have kept me on my toes, forcing me to explore and strengthen my own knowledge, creativity and resourcefulness. Guide training, at it’s finest.
With their own contagious enthusiasm, I find that I am more enthusiastic myself, excited about the most simple of chores and outings.
Their own sensitivity and appreciation fro their own Guide Training has helped me develop and grow my own patience and kindness. Their simple presence has brought me to a stillness and level of relaxation I had never known before them.
At the same time, as I feel all these wonderful gifts become part of who I am, they have made me stronger. Powerful, even. They believe in me. They trust me and count on me. Knowing that, understanding that they, themselves, look to me, has made my resolve all that much stronger.
To learn more, to strengthen my own skills and character to live every moment with the goal in mind, to be all who they look to me to be. To stay the path and to walk the talk. On the clock and off. To conquer my own fears and weaknesses, to learn to use them and not fear them or hide from them.
So. Today I am grateful. For being part of one of the best Teams that can be achieved anywhere, ever. Thank you, each and every one of you.
Have you experienced gifts and blessings from something, somewhere, someone; you never expected to receive them from? Will you share them with me, with us?
I hope you will. We need to know one another, connect with one another, I believe, to grow into what we all hope, dream and pray for. This may be the day. This may be the post. If not, I won’t give up. I won’t give up on you and I won’t stop learning and growing in hopes that someday we, you and I, will also connect.
I don’t suppose I need to tell any of you, but just in case you need a nudge, consider yourself nudged. Are you ready to get in touch? You can! Just click on the box below and it will lead you right to us.