The staff were intentional and always willing to take time to discuss history, answer questions, provide information, and all the while seeing each person they came into contact with as a person of value and worth. If it was devoting a couple of hours to talk with us, taking us on a tour, or just stopping to check in that we were doing okay, we were well taken care of and given attention. I felt that no one was seen as an interruption to work but indeed the interactions on the ranch are the priority.
The deadlines are not hard and fast; but determined by the horses, weather, and humans – several uncontrollable factors =). So there is great intention that there is time and space to have such profound conversations, to notice what is needed by a child or visitor or horse, and to just be with one another.
It was another amazing experience of slowing down and being with what is important. I find myself reflecting on my days and what is important and what is not. And I wonder, what consumes your time in your days? Are they the interactions that are most important to you? Have you created space for them?