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Flying Lead Change by Kelly Wendorf

Updated: Jan 14

Book #112 of 200 Books in a Year Master Mind in The Garden of Neuro

From Amazon Blurb:

For leaders at work, at home, and in our communities―an essential guide to nature-based leadership inspired by the wisdom of indigenous teachings and horses.

In horsemanship, a “flying lead change” allows a running horse to respond with breathtaking grace to changing conditions. “Collectively, we need a similar physics-defying maneuver,” Wendorf writes. “This book is for the called―thought leaders, visionaries, parents, creatives, and all those who sense we are being asked to participate in humanity’s ‘flying change’ through the way we live, love, and lead.”


The Master Mind questions are the same for each book.

Before you begin, contemplate this question:

What life problems are you currently working on, attempting to solve, or would like to solve, prior to joining the Mastermind Book Club?

Learning to control myself better in situations that fire me up. Learning to be more observant of other people’s experiences. Wanting to write more, create more.

Please note any A-HA moment you might have as you read or listen.

Learning to be more like Artemis.Artemis leads with grace, patience and learning to see where the members are the herd are needed, instead of where they 'just land.' We all have a purpose and are necessary to each other, to the herd.

If you had to explain what this book was about to someone who had never read it before, what would you say in just a couple of sentences?

Learning to see the truth of the herd, horses and our connection to them.

This kind of therapy is one piece of the of the growth space I intend to create.

What was your favorite part of the book? What section and why?

CH 4, Conservation of Energy, last chapter: “ The more you practice caring like Artemis, the more love, spaciousness, ease, and presence will enter your life. You will have more energy, you will truly care better, and you’ll empower others to do the same.

All of the Spiral Points, the Journal Questions and the Exercises. I’m going to work these into my daily routines, maybe try to practice one a week or two a month over the course of the year? See what happens.

What three things would you like to discuss further in the mastermind for this book?

How many of us have had the experiences of horses in our lives? In what capacity? Would you be interested in a growth experience that included horses in an environment like what Equus offers?

How do you think this book changed your mindset, if at all, about why humans do the things they do? Be brief.

About Joy. For myself, I feel like Ive been living in, with too much fear of joy, knowing ‘the other shoe always drops, and joy is brief. I feel like many people are living like this too. I’m working on gratitude and joy.

Did you read a physical copy, or listen on audio? What are your observations about that?

Physical copy after listening to the authors interview with Tami Simone from Sounds True. So happy I have the physical copy.

What physical senses might you have felt engaged as you were reading?

So many - I’ve had a small herd for almost 20 years. I wish I would have read this at the beginning of our journey instead of the end. But even with a shorter runway, I’ve made changes in how I work and live with them.

The part about Joy hit hard home for me. I struggle to be happy, to stay happy, knowing how life has a tendency to drop the other shoe and shit on my parade. But that’s life. And I have to learn to be thankful for those moments too.

Are there any quotes that stood out for you?

Authenticity is the willingness to be different, to be totally oneself, knowing you are part of the whole. Pg 164

As I share my writing more, in places that aren’t as ‘safe’ and the criticism can be … coming from a thin skinned man - I realize I am who I am because of the sum of the whole, my ancestors, our beliefs, our stories all rolled into the experiences my world rests on. I must have and share those experiences, as the person I am born to be, in order to fulfill my destiny and complete the mission I carry in my acorn. :)

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