There are seven pillars at the core of North American conversation practices. These pillars are part of what is know as the North American model of wildlife conservation. All though it wasn’t formally adopted until 2001, it’s roots can be traced as far back as the 19th century.
Around the time when species such as the American bison where on the brink of extinction. Sportsmen began to organize and advocate for the preservation of habit and other measures to conserve these at risk species, with hope of their survival for future generations to enjoy.
While just preserving their habit was only one aspect of the shift in the view, and practices it would take to maintain these at risk animals. As a community they were able to identify the problem and develop a mindset that would intervene, and also challenge them to change their practices.
This shift forced the sportsmen community to develop a new form of self control and enact limits upon themself. This new mindset brought a mindfulness of ethics and awareness to the foreground. Slow over time the community gained the understanding and wisdom that gave birth to the seven pillars.
While it was lengthy process, where time met trail and error. The benefits that evolved out of the process speak for themselves. The model has play a role in the recovery of a number of different species in North America to date. Each of which could had been lost without the evolution of those pillars, we as sportsmen and women put into practice within the role we play as conservationist.
Durning our time together today looking back at the success of these practices, we can shift gears and apply them to the foundation of self stewardship.
No matter what aspect of life, or the goals your striving toward. Pillars serve as the true north on the compass you use to navigate life. They do by providing you with the context in which you can question your thoughts, and actions.
Thus giving you that space to evaluate wether your what your about to do, or say is indeed going help you to move forward.
Just as trial and error give conservations the opportunity to test their ideas in the real world, this was the forge that those pillars were constructed in.
Life gives each of us that same forge to but our thoughts and ideas to test, through out the course of any given days. Life has this way of pulling out of this ability to adapt. Where even though you have built the frame work of your life upon those things you hold close to you, which are your pillars. The way the structure looks can be shifted and molded to the chapter in which your living.
As you grow and change, which are two things about the human experience that are always happening. There is freedom to test you practices at any given moment to see how your views Aline with your pillars. If it’s maladaptive then you have that freedom to changed that practice.
There’s a very important lesson that lays within the history of the North American wildlife model. Which is while yes, our actions at any given moment are something we have to own. No matter what that outcome was, you can recover from it.
Even though things will indeed look different on the other side of that recovery, with time and hard work backed by an informed plan of action, you will thrive.
As long as you are here on this earth, it’s never to late to grasp and evaluate your values. I think Epictetus left us the greatest question upon which to ask ourselves, “when are you going start asking for best out of yourself?” When you answer this question with the word now, you will have set the wheels in motion.
That was how the evolution of the North American wildlife model began, and that is how the model of our own self stewardship begins as well.