We just finished four days of FAST Defense training in Longmont, Colorado including the fast flagship event, 48 Hours of Adrenaline. I have so much to say about it but if I had to reduce it to a single sentence, i would simply say: It was amazing…and our Aim High team is even more amazing; they were the class of the event and stood out in every way, even in the midst of world class instructors and multiple decade FAST Defense veterans (okay, that was really several sentences made into one, patched together with semi-colons, I know).
I want to detail my own FAST experience, and will do so in a later post, but first, I want to talk about the Aim High ethos on display even in the midst of an environment that was otherwise...perfectly intimidating. I could not have been more proud of our instructors or more grateful to be included.
If you wear an Aim High black belt, it means several things: 1) You’ve done a lot of work; 2) You’ve been doing that work for a long time; 3) you’re part of a family, and; 4) You’ve changed the world.
I saw both the presence and result of all of these things over the last four days as our group shined beautifully - and with humility - lifting the ceiling on the spirit of an event that was already tremendously affirming and confidence building. The compliments to the “Portland Team” flowed like they were sourced from a fountain. Our group, most having only a few weeks of FAST training, shined with competence, courage, and commitment, both as instructors and as students. In a debrief dinner after the close of the event my comment to the team was: “I think it became abundantly clear over the last four days that you are an important part of the future of FAST. You changed the event and inspired people; you contributed to an environment that opened up headroom for people to express personal joy.”
To Dan, Adrienne, Maria, and Erik, thank you for letting me be a part of our Aim High FAST Team. It was a great honor. I am a better person for the experience and, even more, for knowing all of you. I’m also grateful for this growing skill-set both for myself personally and for what it will eventually mean for Compassion First as we adapt the technology with the help of both Aim High and FAST.
To our Aim High family: We are very lucky to have such a great core of leadership. Just think, we study at a school that can send four instructors out for training and still function without missing a step. What we have is very special. It is a true gift. Let's make the most of it. That is our gift to them in return.