Today my fellow Externs and I got the opportunity to participate in the check-in for all of the new Flex-Trackers. I really love welcoming in all of the new students and helping them settle in! It is so exciting to be a part of their journey and experience here on campus and also into the future! The orientation was just awesome, Neil Pye, someone I don't know very well, opened and lead the beginning part of the orientation. Neil was just great, he presented his thoughts and ideas very clearly and concisely in a well organized manner with out seeming rushed. While Neil talked he had a way of weaving in the threads of the community and culture that could be expected here on campus, and also gave a feel of how we might take this forward into the world and share it after going home. This was artfully done! The two thoughts I have on this are; the first is a picture I have in my mind, the image of a care taker or gardener sowing the seeds of change and two the concept of drip feeding something to someone just a little bit at a time, so you don't ever really feel pushed or anything unnatural but all of the sudden you see the changes that have occurred naturally. There were no over whelming speeches about changing the world with herculean effort. No, I just come away with a quite sense of empowerment, that if you lead by example and continually make small changes in your self you too can make a difference. Like Micheal Jackson sang in his song "Man in the Mirror" " I'm starting with the man in the mirror, I'm asking him to change his ways. If you wanna make the world a better place take a look at yourself, and then make a change" I think it is important that you not be judgmental of those around you, you just need to do your thing and lead by your example.
During our orientation we had a surprise visit from the man who has inspired thousands, Mr. Pat Parelli and let me tell you, he is still as inspiring and funny as ever! It is amazing to see the caliber of people that surround Pat! The thing that stands out to me the most is just how much Heart and Desire that these people have, as Pat says; "It's the difference that makes the difference". I am so fortunate to be able to be here and be surrounded by these truly inspiring and amazing people!
THIS IS PARELLI! WE ARE PARELLI! THIS IS THE FUTURE!
Keep it Natural and Savvy!
Among other things, Kailaan Walker is a horse trainer and horsemanship instructor. He is also a Level 4 Parelli student. Jack is Kailaan's levels horse and partner. Papa Jack, as he is now affectionately known, is a 20 year old buckskin Canadian Quarter Horse cross. Kailaan's 1st horse, his inspiration, partner and friend for more than 10 years now.