What do you see in the emblem above?
To me, Silver Shackle Enterprises is about helping people help themselves to fun fitness and self fulfillment via natural ways. Mandy and Me may be about the horses, but my greater contribution to nature and society is via Silver Shackle Enterprises. The olympic dream to me was never about the medal, but the pursuit and satisfaction of knowing you have run faster than you ever thought you could. The pursuit of a dream was what i did with my running, but you could say that i got scared when it was chasing me back! Media, recognition was not a comfortable thing for me. I didn't think it was worth the praise and recognition i got- had not made it to the olympics yet, and was doing it to represent my country.
My first international event competing with adults, was a road relay team in Japan. I learned the term 'Kaizen'. Kaisen or "improvement" is not just a word, but a state of mind that i believe can be caught and taught in the right environment. Ilike to think that I have been setting up that environment. Both riding horse, and running, give lots of time to think. In between rides and runs in the okanagan hills, i have read as well as tried many things and tested many theories. Currently, I have bet the ranch to helping people gain a sense of kaisen in themselves: in recycling people and things while providing a revenue that all can enjoy. Many times i have fallen on the trails and in the trials i have made many mistakes. Despite and because of this, the goal remains true. Kai
In 2013, I was inducted into the University of Victoria's sports hall of fame. I read a quote on how records can be broke, its how you live that counts. I think I have been learning to live more at peace, and hope I help others find that too. Interestingly, some of a my provincial and national records have not been broken.
Fort Socs : Developing the Gold Within
My name is Silverado Socrates. My former last name was Shackleton. Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922), was the invincible Antarctic explorer whose fame came from his expeditions -- none of them successful -- to reach the South Pole.
The text of an ad recruiting crew typically reads:
"MEN WANTED FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS."
( the lineup for people willing to go was many more than could possibly join!)
I may or may not be related to him, but I changed my name to Socrates because i believe that the mind can take you so much further than the land. Do you believe that people can be recycled and saved? Do you believe that peace throughout our world could be attained in 10 years or less? I do, and would like to start developing soldiers of peace in a civilian 'willitary' via the Fort Socs Trading/training posts, funded thru Silver Shackle Enterprises. I have invested my lifetime of thoughts, energy and spirit, my mind body and soul and will continue to do so. I am planning to will my land and businesses to my school and hope they will start some tourism and altruism courses.
Our MBSS grad class had 2 themes. one was
"go for the gold"..
i have always taken that to heart.
I didn't reach or get a medal in the '88 seoul olympics
but am working on my Golden Soul
A Master in the art of living
draws no sharp distinction
between his work and his play
his labor and his leisure
his mind and his body
his education and his recreation
He hardly knows which is which
he simply pursues his vision
of excellence thru whatever
he is doing and leaves others
to determine whether he is working or playing
To himself he always seems to be doing both
Francois Rene Augeste (1768 1848)
I am one Canadian, but one that knows how to live up to my dreams... would love it if some others would be willing to also invest some time, energy and/or money, into the framework i have researched, developed and lived. It could start as a ride or even a tour of one of our Fort Socs. Warning: there are no free rides at this fort, but we often teach for free.
About 20 years ago, I was told that the area i am trying to now save, made me sick.. and i was told i couldn't stay there. I ran away and didn't come back 'til i was told that i could walk and ride in my own country without fear of reprimand or incarcination. Ironically, i stayed in stayed in town much of 3 years with the hope of saving my country life. I had hoped to do tours out of 2 hostels, I had the idea that they would be run in a willatary ( that is right.. willatary) fashion of subsidized housing for people who want to make a difference in the world starting with their home and themselves. Good idea, but nearly all the folk would not pay or help once living in the place! Lost those places, but plan to learn from my mistakes and try again.
I am hoping to host a hooked on horses program to help some get off their streets or city habits.. but again there will be no free rides and they will earn their riding training. I am thinking that the same people that rent our hostels, will be investing and staying in the cabins that will be eventually built on the land around Mandy and Me that we will eventually buy.
There is a principle which is proof against all information
that is proof against all arguments
which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance.
That principle is contempt prior to investigation.
Fort Socs Trading/Training Posts = Schools of Thought and Consious Action
right is might ... we don't need to fight
Roy Rogers was a hero of mine growing up... we need more heros like him that are willing to decide to do the right thing. To do good things for the sake of good. When they see something wrong, are willing to right it... bite the bullet even if it might explode in your face, but imagine ways to work it so that everything is okay. The good can triumph....if we believe and are willing to work for our beliefs in a sensible fashion.
I believe Roy's music and spirit fought the "bad" better than his guns,
I believe Canada can show the world how to survive and thrive in this new age economy.
In 2015 we can showcase the Okanagan Valley as a place of revitalization, peace and positive living.
Please check out some of my songs in fun stuff. You can also check out the Mandy and Me webpage, and some other of my side bunny and twine saving projects.