2015: A brand New Year with possibilities as fresh as a newly worked sand arena stretch before us. As we move further into January we officially leave the old year and all of its regrets and mistakes behind us. If only it were that simple, if only all of the mistakes and regrets of 2014 could be vanquished with the simple turn of the calendar page. All too often new possibilities become the same old, same old because new possibilities always pose the same old question: What do we do with them?- Because if we do what we’ve always done, we will have what we’ve always had.
As horse people we are always making new resolutions for ourselves and for our horses; looking for new skills to learn and new places to ride. Often when we think about new possibilities, we think about what we want to add to our life and to our equine skill resume. But sometimes new possibilities work out best not only because of what we add to our life but because of what leave behind, because of the things that we take out of our life.
Of all the things we leave behind in our endeavour to become the best horse people that we can be, let us leave behind two things that have no place in our barn or in any other part of our life. Pride and anger.
Pride is like riding a real high horse with a long, long way to inevitably fall. It makes us foolish and keeps us from understanding what’s really going on. And anger is like riding a tornado of hooves, trying to make eight, when we really only qualify for the walk trot class. Anger tears down precious trust. It can ruin in seconds what can take years to repair; both in our barn and in our houses.
So as we ride into 2015 on the trail of promises and possibilities; remember that if you ride into the sunshine the shadows will always fall behind you.
God Bless and Happy New Year!