Streamline - Winter 2015 - (Page 39)

ThrowingmyLoop BY MICHAEL JOHNSON Fresh Water IN 2004, Ray Hunt was named "Horseman of the Century." Wonderful honor, but like all of us, Ray had some times in his past that were not so easy. One always comes to mind... In 1960, Ray was low on money and low on hope. He was down to his last horse and unfortunately, simply could not tame the horse called Hondo. Regardless of the horseman's every effort, Hondo insisted on refusing to cooperate. In frustration, Ray called on Tom Dorrance for help. Immediately after Tom arrived, the two men and one horse headed to the round pen. "What's he doing?" asked Dorrance. "I'll show you," said Hunt. With that, Ray Hunt mounted Hondo and in an eye-blink, the man who could "fix" most any bronc was flying high in the sky. Hondo wasted no time in dumping Hunt right in the middle of the round pen. Lying on his back, Hunt looked up to Dorrance sitting on the fence, and said, "See? That's what he does - and that ain't the first time. Not by a long shot." And Tom Dorrance said the strangest thing. Hold that thought... Recently, my wife - who is a staunch believer in the potential of human beings - was having a conversation with a man - who is not a believer in the potential of human beings - and he said, "Kids these days are not like we were. They don't care and they don't try. It's like that old saying," he said. "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." My wife said, "Especially if the water is stagnant." As I listened to that conversation, I realized the exchange was a perfect illustration of two distinct and different people. The man sees the world as a place where people must be "good enough" to be allowed in. People must prove they have legitimacy and credibility. If they The man is not aware the water he grudgingly offers to the world is tainted by lazy bitterness and has become stagnant. Hers is clean and fresh, and full of hope. He hates his work. She finds joy in hers. do not - according to his evaluation - his responsibility to the world has ended. After all, what can be done for people who don't belong in the first place? His focus is on those who can't - or won't. The woman's world-view is opposite. While she is not naïve enough to think all will try, her focus is on those who will. She stands ever watchful and ready to help - constantly searching for those who will - because so much can be done for them. The man is not aware the water he grudgingly offers to the world is tainted by lazy bitterness and has become stagnant. Hers is clean and fresh, and full of hope. He hates his work. She finds joy in hers. And by the way, she and Tom Dorrance are the same. If most of us heard the story of Hondo - about all his wildness, his bucking and rage (and that even Ray Hunt couldn't ride him) we might well say, "Well, it's sad, but the only thing to be done with this horse is slaughter. He's had so many chances, yet still has no value. If you look at his past, obviously he is not going to make it. The only place he belongs is on a kill truck." If most of us heard all that, we would certainly write this horse off. But Tom Dorrance did not. Instead, he said the strangest thing... www.vrwa.org 39 http://www.vrwa.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2015

From the President: Performance Evaluation
From the Executive Director: Save the Date!
Professional or Job Holder: Which Will You Be?
Emergencies: Do You Have A Plan?
Finding Your Way
Hearing Protection – Keep Your Employees Safe
Coal
Economic Opportunity: USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Rate Setting – It’s Easy?
Chronic Leaks
NRWA Recap
Throwing My Loop: Fresh Water
Booster Club
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
2015-2016 Membership Directory
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
VRWA Members Corner
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com

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