Into The Wilderness With Grace

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What does it really take to make a 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 and Master Guides and their sons.

I could say it was simply a decision. A single decision, to never quit and 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 guide.

Here online, it is referred to as the “secret sauce.” That one detail that changes everything from status-quo or okeydokey to AMAZING! graceintowildness

It is grace. It is a pure love, given freely. It is the utter acceptance and understanding of what is and has been. It is the dedication and support that is as natural as breathing.

“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

Grace is understanding that the most important aspect of Leadership is service, to others. To accept the responsibility of other people’s efforts to be better, to be more, to learn more. 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.

As we ride out, I will be leading you into the wilderness with grace. As a Leader, 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. I believe the best way of doing this is with grace.

How did I come to 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.

“Humility means knowing and using your strength for the benefit of others, on behalf of a higher purpose.” – Alan Ross

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.

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 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.

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Amber Lee Dibble

Amber Lee Dibble

Pioneer Outfitters Manager & Extreme Pro-Team Guide at Pioneer Outfitters
Amber-Lee Dibble is a Professional Alaska Guide and Manager at Pioneer Outfitters. “As you look, really look, and find no words; feeling both, your heart healing and filling to an inner bursting point and feeling that your soul has been laid open to the breeze and wind like a raw wound. This takes you beyond the physical, past the mental; this is the spiritual element. This is Chisana.” ~Alaska Chick
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10 comments
AliRodriguez
AliRodriguez

You live the depth of your soul.  Walk it, talk it and grace it.  You are a "guide" because you are divinely guided.  God showed you the path, you made the decision to take.

This is profoundly touching post.

equuisdancer22
equuisdancer22

Amber, you are "Grace" both inside and out, even if I didn't know you as a friend as long as I have, after doing research for a guide who'd  give more than just a trip in the wild, but also live that way, you would be hands down #1.

AlliPolin
AlliPolin

Wow.  So many things I love about this.  As a guide, keeping people safe, learning and leading them with grace truly is leading them with love too.  I learned a long time ago that any behavior, hard or soft, encouraging or correcting, is received the way it is meant to be received when we deliver it with grace - one human being to another.  Thank you, Amber-Lee for this beautiful post!

KDillabough
KDillabough

Beautiful post from a beautiful person. My favourite line? "Grace, to me, is the beautiful canvas our purpose is written on." Wonderful sentiment: wonderful image. Cheers! Kaarina

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

@AliRodriguez I don't even know how to respond, Ali, except yes. I believe this, utterly. I believe that we have at hand, right this minute in time, an opportunity. An opportunity to come together and MAKE the changes we all speak of. I believe that #bealeader is a fine start to that path. Thank you for being a guiding light in my world, Ali.

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

@equuisdancer22 Aww. I wouldn't let you down, Ann. 

Really? I wouldn't let anyone down who put that kind of trust (even if they didn't fully understand the level of the trust they were actually giving) in me... It is a blessing, being surrounded by the land we live on, and if it can be- it is a bigger Blessing to be able to share it- each time. Thank you for being here, Ann!

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

@AlliPolin Thank you, Alli. For being here and for understanding. Yes, what we do with grace, what we do with a good heart and the right path in the front of the mind, is done with love. I want so much for others to see and understand this. It seems straight forward and easy... but I think it is not. Either in giving or receiving. Both take time and understanding of what it truly means to live with grace. I believe we (as humans) allow ourselves to get "caught up". In the noise, pressures, worries and busyness of life and our professions.

AlaskaChickBlog
AlaskaChickBlog

@KDillabough Thank you Kaarina. It means a lot to me. I hope I was able to shape the ..idea.. with words well enough so that you can see how I feel inside. About what I do, what we do, and about the bigger "we" as you, her, him, all of us.

From all I have learned, in the saddle and sitting right here; I have learned that leadership is riding out into the wilderness, every day. It requires your whole self being present and focused. It requires that we see all that surrounds us and it requires us to see what might be there ~ if we look, work, ride... just a little further, a little longer.

AliRodriguez
AliRodriguez

@AlaskaChickBlog @AliRodriguez - You are loved so much Amber-Lee, and it shows in your words, in your style, in your thoughts, and in your dedication to being in the service of others, as your stand in fulfilling your own destiny.  God's good!  :)

KDillabough
KDillabough

@AlaskaChickBlog You paint beautiful pictures with words my friend. Leadership IS about riding out into the wilderness, literally and figuratively. Cheers! Kaarina